Monday, February 17, 2014

Thinking About Shoes

Friday went by in a mound of paper, scissors, and tape. I spent all day - literally - figuring out how to blend the three patterns before concluding that yes, it could be done but no, it was not the best mix. The out of print Vogue 8637 skirt didn't divide well into princess seams and - as is- would have needed a different bodice to become an attractive dress. The Vogue 8499 skirt looked great with a princess bodice but created a belled bottom somewhat reminiscent of Vogue 1312. Since I've already sewn that dress, and that wasn't the look I was going for, I opted to let the pattern mixing tickle mature a bit more.





Near the end when I was finalizing the draft, I tried on my Marcy skirts to decide which length would be best with the bodice. It was a check, a confirmation, and I wasn't anticipating much in the way of changes since I've sewn the skirt numerous times only - right now - they're all too big and big looked baggy and baggy also wasn't the look I was going for which I'm sure impacted my decision to move on, however, at the same time...





... I had started thinking about shoes and in particular about which pair of shoes would be the most comfortable for the longest length of time. Sew Expo is a lot of walking on cement floors.





Keeping shoes in mind, I briefly debated a different combo by holding the bodice pieces of Vogue 8691 next to the skirt pieces of my other favourite skirt - Burda 8213. They matched up near to perfect only the resulting dress - which was similar in shape, plus sleeves and a higher neckline, to the out of print Vogue 7824 below - would have been more of an overdressed, pantyhose and heels, combination and not a wear around the convention hall with comfortable shoes one. Again, not what I was going for.





And that made me think about wearing jeans which in turn made me think about sewing some pants because in the amount of time it would take me to go all over town to find a pair of jeans that both fit and flattered, I could go into the stash and sew a pair of pants... for a lot less money... and a lot more fun... and I'm still debating that thought. Meanwhile, my purple swirly fabric was already on the table and dresses were dancing in my head and at least one needed to be sewn.




Marcy's Vogue 8876 crept into my mind Friday night while I wasn't sleeping and since I wasn't sleeping, I started to figure out how to sew it from a knit, on fold, with a finished neckline, and no center front opening, and what size would I need. Saturday morning, I pulled out the pattern, checked the stretch factor on my fabric, compared it to the charts, and determined that I needed to sew exactly the size I'd previously traced which meant I could start right now. SOLD. This one is a winter version made from a soft, brushed, quite stable, knit.





Other than placing center front on fold to eliminate the buttoned opening, I cut out the pieces and sewed as directed. It was quick, easy, fun, and finished in a day. That's the benefit of making a second version of a pattern you've already sewn. I'd definitely make this out of a knit again although next time I would line the yoke with a woven to help keep the shoulders on the shoulders. It's so wonderful and flattering that I'm thinking about a sleeveless version for my trip to Oregon.





For the collar cording - the selvage rolled to the right side so I cut a narrow strip, twisted it, and zigzagged on top to make cording that is soft and color co-ordinated. It worked just great.





And here it is on me. A mirror shot but better than nothing. AND... with my shoes. What do you think? I'm still debating sewing some fun pants but it's nice to have options. This pattern has a lot of seams. It's great for curvy figures and is - IMHO - especially flattering in a soft fabric with drape.





And, my extremely talented grandson playing the piano. I have an almost identical picture of his mother doing exactly the same thing. Too fun.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a flattering and comfortable new dress and a lovely compliment

26 comments:

  1. Hi Myrna,
    Your dress looks wonderful. In fact, I think it is one of the most flattering garments you have posted. Cutting the front on a fold was a good idea, that I will keep in mind for myself. From the front, the shoes look good, (and after a few hours, comfort trumps looks, anyway).
    Betty

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    1. Thank you. With a compliment like that, I definitely need to sew another one. LOL - yes, comfort should trump looks and even so, I won't be wearing running shoes which last year - along with jeans - was the most common outfit. I love any opportunity to dress up more.

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  2. Good morning!
    Love the dress, and comparing your photo to the pattern photo the first thing that struck me is how different the silhouette appears in a knit version instead of the woven version. Both are wonderful, but the knit is definitely very flattering!
    I do have a question. Can you just pull this over your head, or did you add a zipper somewhere? I still have this pattern in my Make It Soon pile, and your version encourages me to get to it ASAP.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The knit is very soft and draping so you see less of the architecture of the dress. In a solid, especially with some kind of seam highlighting, it might be more obvious. It feels great on. Yes, I can pull it over my head. I was worried about that too but decided to wait until the end. When I had the collar cut out, I pinned it together and then tried it over my head and it worked so I didn't need to come up with an over the head solution. The collar is interfaced so it also helps to stabilize the neck edge. Send me a picture when you sew your version. I'd love to see it.

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  3. The dress looks great on you. The colours, print, lines, are a perfect marriage. And it looks great with your shoes.
    I say, go for it and make a pair of pants/jeans/trousers to wear at Sew Expo. And make yourself a top to wear with it, even it is your favourite TNT t-shirt. Then you will have two great outfits to wear.

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    1. Thanks. That's what I thought I'd do. I ordered Katherine Tilton's new pant pattern. I'm hoping it'll come in the next couple days and I can try it otherwise I'll make another favourite and familiar pattern. TNT's are wonderful.

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  4. Myrna! a great make. it looks beautiful on you, the proportions are grand... lovely! ...and your grandson's picture is adorable. I always enjoy reading your thought/decision process and find myself saying (in my head) things that are sounding a lot like you!

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    1. Oh dear. I hope me bumping around in your head is okay. Let it be the voice of support and encouragement telling you to go for it, you can do it. I'll be your cheerleader. Thanks for the compliments on the dress and definitely yes, my grandson is adorable.

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  5. Myrna that is YOUR look! The dress is fabulous and the tights and shoes make the whole effect. You will be comfortable and gorgeous roaming around the Puyallup fair grounds at the Expo. This year I can't make it, but next year for sure! Have fun!

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    1. It's a style line I naturally gravitate toward and all the seams of this pattern make it fabulous to fit. Too bad you can't make it to Sew Expo this year. It would have been fun to meet up. I'm thinking it might be fun to go by myself one year for that exact reason - lectures and shopping with blogger meet-up breaks. Something to think about.

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  6. This is my new all-time favorite of yours! You look great--

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    1. Thank you. I wore it out to dinner last night and it felt incredibly comfortable. Nice to know it looks that wonderful too.

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  7. I just love the idea and the resulting dress. It's perfect!

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  8. The dress looks great! And D is ADORABLE! Love that photo.

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  9. This is excellent! Marcy et al. will love it.

    Shoes work just fine, and you will be comfortable.

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    1. Thank you. I'm working on some pants now as option two. We're also spending a day shopping in downtown Vancouver so I'll get to wear both as long as the weather plays nice. Probably the dress in-doors though.

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  10. Home run, you look great. Awesome outfit.

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    1. Thank you. It looks and feels great. That's definitely a home run combo.

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  11. This is your best look yet! It flatters your figure and is proportionate to your height. Personally, I think this length of skirt is much more flattering on you than longer ones. Even in a fuzzy mirror shot, it's obvious you've found a great silhouette for yourself.

    I like your shoes too. If you feel like dressing as many of the younger gals do (including my 28 yo dd), wear solid black tights instead of opaque black pantyhose. It elongates the leg and is youthful. Warmer too. My sewing group refers to the weather at Sew Expo (based on history) as being the kind of weekend that could have any of the four seasons show up. So be prepared for any kind of weather.

    Thanks for being concerned about me being lost without my anonymous status. I'll use this old Google one. :)
    Carrie

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    1. Thanks. I'll have to give that more thought and try a few different styles at that length. The great thing about sewing is we can try them and we can have variety. This is good. I definitely intend to get tights for Sew Expo. It's the coat that I have to figure out. I hate carrying around a winter coat at an event like that and they didn't have a coat check that I could find last year. Hopefully it's warm enough for a car to conference sweater that can go in a bag.

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  12. I love this dress! Makes me think I might try this pattern. It is very flattering on you and maybe would be on me, too. LOL

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    1. Thanks. I hope you do try it and please send me a picture. I'd love to see it.

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  13. Seems like this is the perfect Myra garment. Artistic, flattering, comfortable and with a little edge. Bravo!

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    1. I love that description - artistic with a little edge, flattering and comfortable. Thanks.

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