Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Car to Bar-ista Cape

Every project we sew is a problem solving project whether those problems are familiar and repetitive or new and unknown. We are putting together the puzzle that is our garment to the best of our ability while making the decisions that need to be made along the way. LOL - I find that great fun. And I learn a lot.

The one review I read of Butterick 5819 suggested that it would be better lined. That seemed like good advice since I was working with a winter fabric although - that said - this is basically a car to bar-ista cape. Good for quick trips to Starbucks but... with the short length, the open sides, and the wide collar... it's not built for weathering the weather. Other than it's wool...





... which has a tendency to stretch especially in a loose weave like this. One of the reasons I don't line a lot of garments is because there's always some difference between the lining and the fashion fabric that creates issues. As above.





The lining is a navy bemberg that I picked up a LOT of in the bargain center one day at $1.00 a meter, at least ten meters. It was quite a find. The lining and the plaid fashion fabric are wrong sides together with the edges basted as I opted to bind the edges rather than seam them for this exact reason only I didn't expect this much sag. Above are the wrinkles between the size of the lining and the size of the plaid after working with it for a while - both cut from the exact same pattern pieces. Love how that happens. NOT ! ! !





I used a ruler to make sure that the vertical and horizontal lines of the plaid remained as straight as possible and then steamed and ease the wool to fit down into the size of the lining and then...





... pin basted the plaid to the lining and stitched with black thread between the rows.





The result is a heavier and nicely quilted fabric. It works however, if I'd known this was going to happen, I'd have quilted the fabric first and then cut out the pieces. Live and learn... or not... because I'm always wishful thinking that the "issues" will be less than I'm anticipating. And just as you solve one problem...





... another appears. If you throw a rectangle over a curved form, there are going to be wings of fabric that stand out as with this neckline. Again, it shows how more details can equal a higher success rate. Were I to sew this garment again, I would...





... stitch a dart at each shoulder and adjust the collar accordingly taking the extra length off of the inside neck edge but not the outside curve - basically darting the collar to match. I didn't in this case because I'd already completed the collar and had just quilted the fabric. I pinned the collar on and debated whether I could live with how it lifted away from the shoulder and decided I could for a garment I didn't even know if I was going to like on my body but definitely knew I wouldn't wear much. BUT... I knew it could have been way better because...





... when I sewed Vogue 8721 - the large view on the left - it was beautifully drafted with darts all around the neckline to help give it shape over the body. MUCH better. Sigh... but that's not the garment I'm sewing and mine is coming together too. More tomorrow.

This afternoon, my friend Rosemarie is coming to start learning how to refashion garments and sew creative everyday wear. I'm so excited. It's such a gift to have a creative friend and then to have one who wants to learn from you and share doing what you do. What a compliment. She was worried that there would be nothing in it for me which made me laugh because the teacher always learns so much from the student.

This morning, I'll make a quick trip to Fabricland to see about buttons for the cape and then tidy up my studio and gather together some refashioned projects plus one that hasn't been going anywhere too fast as a starting point for our discussion. YES YES ! ! ! !





OH... and... I'm going to wash my hair which sounds hilarious but I got it cut last week - short - and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to dry and style it. February is the month of doing something drastic, making a change, moving in new directions. At least it is here. I like the cut but it is an adjustment and - LOL - while I was trying to take this photo I learned that my upper lip doesn't smile as big as I imagine I'm smiling. It just can't stretch that far so I look timid and afraid to smile. VBG - definitely not. Who knew. The things we learn about ourselves at all ages.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the wonderful steam pressing properties of wool

16 comments:

  1. LOVE that new haircut!

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    1. It's funny but hardly anyone has said anything. Most people haven't commented. A few have said "you got your hair cut" but not any kind of opinion. And just a real few have said "love your hair". Interesting how that goes. Perhaps they are just used to me or think it's too personal. Not sure. It's "growing" on me - LOL - literally but you know what I mean.

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  2. Love the short hair! Figuring out how to style a new cut is always...fun?...lol

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    1. I'm definitely doing a lot of playing with the sculpture gel and mousse and hairspray. Very fun.

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  3. Hey! Nice hair! I like the shorter length on you. I know what you mean about nobody commenting on the new do. The same thing happened this time around to me. It feels so strange because it feels like such a big change. I like how the cape is shaping up too - even though it's making you a little crazy. Isn't that why we sew?

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    1. Thanks. I can't imagine no one commenting on your hair. IMHO - it looks fabulous on you. I keep meaning to send you the picture of my cousin that you reminded me which is really rather funny sine she and I look alike as well and we could be - LOL - twinsie - except I don't have those gorgeous waves.

      Yes - VBG - I sew to go crazy.

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  4. Another thumbs up for the new do--it seems to fit your personality. Elle

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    1. My friend who was over yesterday afternoon is a stylist and she LOVED it. Very fun. Thanks.

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  5. very fun hair! it seems to fit the quirky experimental vibe you have going!

    Ceci

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    1. LOL - especially when I pull out the sculpting gel and start playing with this way and that. Thanks.

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  6. I LOVE YOUR DO!!
    It looks fantastic on you and lends a zesty energy to your appearance. Often people don't comment or compliment because of things going on in their own lives, not because they don't admire something. My mother-in law recently told me that she loved my shorter haircut when I had it but didn't say anything because she assumed everyone else was complimenting me and besides, her hair never looked as good as mine! When I told her that I received very little response to my hair, either positive or negative, and as a result had decided to grow it again, she was shocked and sorry for never having given me encouragement in my new direction.
    As my husband often says to me, no comment often means too busy, too jealous, or just too much stuff going on in other people's lives and that I should always go by what I think.
    I'm glad you tamed your fabric and I can't wait to see the final result!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad it gives me more energy. Interesting thought about why people might not comment. I'll have to think about whether I do that. I remember once seeing an acquaintance after a long time and she'd lost a LOT of weight and I was really mad which of course was all about me. And I did recognize that. So I told her my reaction and we talked about what that meant as well as how fabulous she looked. My friend who came yesterday afternoon gushed about my hair and the one who came last night said nothing. When I asked her weren't you going to comment on my hair, she said I was afraid you might have gotten it cut months ago and we've been so out of touch that I didn't know. Interesting response. And then she loved it.

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  7. Love the hair as pictured. It frames your face nicely. You've got a winner!
    Carrie

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    1. Thank you. I've had a version of this before. My hair grows so fast that I often get tired of the expense of maintaining a short hairstyle. We'll see what happens. It feels fun and perky.

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