Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Little Bit Loud

One of my favourite things is to have an occasion to plan an outfit for like a birthday, party, or a trip which means I've been thinking about what to wear to Sew Expo later this month. I debated pants only...





... I sewed a pair just after Christmas that I haven't even blogged about - I had a whole conversation about fitting the crotch curve which is why they're inside out in this photo - only they don't fit anymore. Between painting and running, I've lost just enough inches that I am - once again - between sizes and since I'm still painting and running I'm debating a dress or an elastic waist skirt with a top. MEANWHILE...





... I've had this lime, turquoise, and black wool in my stash for at least three years, if not longer. It was regularly $45.00 a meter bought in the bargain center for $2.00 per meter. And then it sat and sat and sat because I absolutely hate matching plaids and the perfect pattern hadn't appeared BUT...





... this Butterick 5819 cape has only the back, two fronts, and the collar. That makes matching minimal. It has potential. I think the image above is fun and perky and the...





... pattern envelope is dowdy and boring. That's the same view bottom left. Too bad they didn't include the check photo. I don't understand ugly envelopes HOWEVER...





... what about the fabric on me... late evening... after a long day... with red cheeks, minimal make-up, and droopy hair ? ? ? Is it a little bit loud? Does the check work or is it overpowering? Should I be thinking about a different collar? The only review mentioned lining the cape. That sounds like a good idea to give it more body. What do you think?

I started working on the sheets yesterday and promptly cut the first corner square out a rectangle. That required a patch... which I did... neatly... and then cut out all the other corner squares... square... and then gave up for the day. Obviously, I was too tired if cutting a square was beyond me so I went and read on the couch. Today, I'm heading out of town to visit a friend and will be gone most of the day so the new plan is to sew tomorrow and aim for Monday's mail. We'll see how that goes - LOL. Surely, I can sew three crib sheets. Surely - VBG.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - fabric that has ripened in the stash and found its pattern

13 comments:

  1. I don't think the plaid is overpowering at all! Actually it's pretty wonderful. I say go for it!

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  2. I think that would be a great fit for that pattern...and seeing your glasses, why not consider piping at least the collar and maybe more in a color to match them?

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  3. I think it looks good on you, not overpowering at all. And why DO they use such unflattering envelope photos?! I was just looking a Vogue magazine and thought I was looking at brand new patterns...nope just patterns photographed in a MUCH better way than what's on the envelope!

    Lining is my new favorite thing so... :)

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  4. I say go for it and wear a black mock turtleneck under it. Pipe the collar in one of the colours. Perfect for your trip.

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  5. Elisabeth in FranceFebruary 6, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    I think that this fabric is just perfect. Actually, when I first looked at the photo (without reading further down), I thought 'Oh, she's made the cape already, it's so lovely on her'. Only then did I read further down LOL! i say Go for it!

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  6. I really like that fabric on you. It is just the perfect compliment and for sure not too loud, it's just right. I think a cape wii be lovely. I also hate to match plaids.

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  7. I like the fabric! I don't think it is too loud. If you were going to cover your entire body with it, head to toe, you might want to consider a smaller print. But as an accent piece, it will work just fine. Plus, it has all those many colors to pull out in the other garments you will wear with it. Hurray for ripening -- of fabric, of ideas, of fruit.

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  8. Just chiming in with everyone else to say that's the perfect Myrna plaid!! and i really love the idea of it in a cape :) yum!

    re: pants. i', 5'6" and have lost a bit over 15 pounds in the last few months. i definitely notice the different fit, but can't say that i have felt compelled to alter anything. hmm. it seems that in matters of fit, i just have low standards. ;) !!!!! have fun, steph

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  9. I think the fabric is bright - but not too bright. I do prefer the shawl collar to the oversized peter pan version.I think it will look more modern.

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  10. The plaid is gorgeous and seems to feature favourite colours of yours and I think it will look marvellous paired with the pattern you have selected which is a more fashion forward cape style ( I am not usually a cape person, but seeing angles instead of the round edges of a circle cape makes all the difference) . In your photo, you have the fabric right up to your face, whereas, in reality the cape will show a good amount of whatever colour you are wearing underneath in your top so that we see You and not just the cape...

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  11. I think the fabric suits you and will make a great cape. it's also perfect for Expo, with the in and out, from warm crowds to damp cold. Elle

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  12. I agree - the fabric looks great and the cut will be good. All for the aging of fabric to find it's own time. BTW - I went back to find that pink/grey/black coating that I passed over the first time but it was gone. Somehow some black/navy coating as well as some other interesting things found their way home though. I blame February.

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  13. I really like the pattern and the fabric. The fabric will look great as a cape, and as a bonus, it matches your walls. :) If you do make it and wear it to Expo, we'll be able to spot you in the crowds. I say, "Go for it!"
    Carrie

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.