I hate raglan sleeves on me. Although I've heard them promoted for women with narrow shoulders, IMHO they contribute to the whole tent like, widening all the way down, factor of my triangle figure type BUT... what about a raglan with a cowl? What about exploring new frontiers? What about being adventurous? This could possibly work. Who knows. And so I tried Vogue 8831 in...
... the ribbed knit at right. The pattern comes with cup sizing and that part was quick and easy but the raglan pulled on my shoulders and bagged under the arms. It begged for an exploration of raglan sleeves and how they could best fit my form, if I liked raglans, only I don't, and once was adventurous enough, so instead I copied the neckline to my T&T pattern and cut it out again, this time from a smooth black knit.
Surprisingly, there was no black knit in stash - or none that I was willing to risk - and the only one at Fabricland that I liked had a lot of stretch and drape. I remember thinking this would be perfect for panties and THAT should have sent a few red flags up the pole and rung some warning bells. The t-shirt ended up baggy and unflattering. It could have been taken in only that was more work than I wanted to invest in the look of that fabric. Instead, I'll do exactly that - cut it up to make panties - which is ironic because at the same time...
... I cut up a bunch of panties to make a t-shirt. They were 100% cotton and clung to my outerwear making me feel like I'd put on twenty pounds. For the past year, I've been pushing them aside in the drawer so obviously the answer is no thanks. They're barely worn and yet giving lingerie to the thrift store is just yucky so I cut off the waist elastic and the leg bands and put the pieces with my painting supplies. The fabric will be great for practicing both surface design and piecing fabric from fabric.
This tendency to use and reuse things is not "average" behavior. I know this. Even though there are not many people who will knit and re-knit the same yarn or sew and re-sew the same fabric several times, I can't help myself. It's become Myrna behavior - learned - definitely not an attitude I grew up with - and I'm thankful for this ability to see potential in strange places. It's good, even if a little dangerous. Take for example...
... my visit to Fabricland on Saturday... and then again on Sunday. The 60" stretch, silk dupioni had been reduced and reduced and reduced and was finally moved to the bargain center and marked down to $5.00 a meter. I already had black at home from an earlier sale and on Saturday, I bought pink and on Sunday, I went back for the grey. I'd loved the grey on Saturday but it had this "mother of the bride" overtone that wasn't working and I couldn't think of what to sew from it until I realized it would be perfect for Marcy's Vogue 8934 coat. The plan is to incorporate all three colors so I'm taking the swatches with me to Sew Expo to look for buttons. It takes 3 meters. A silk, spring jacket for $15.00 is quite a bargain. YES YES - inexpensive potential.
Have you noticed that when you click on the Bloglovin link, that it shows you other blogs that are similar to yours or to the one you're looking at? That inspirational potential gets me every time. What wonderful blog might I find? And so, I click often to discover which blog my blog is like today that I didn't already know about. And I'm intrigued by the readership of some of those blogs. It doesn't take long to realize that mine is significantly lower. Now before you think I'm upset about that, I'm not. It's a fact and it is what it is because...
... this is not a coffee table blog. There's no fabulous photography or carefully posed images and as much as I think that might be nice, it's not likely to happen. This is not a glossy, pretty blog made for turning pages. It's more of a textbook blog that goes deep into a theory and explores it from all sorts of angles. It poses hypothesis and then follows them up to find truth. It's a blog where the pictures might be "outdated" but the information is valuable... or at least I hope. The textbook audience is typically smaller than the coffee table audience and - again - that's okay. It's my field of interest and I am beyond grateful to have come to terms with that reality and to each person who shares this journey with me. It allows me to write and sew and share and those are three things I love to do together.
Your new identity might be one you could never image for yourself. But if we're walking with the Lord, we have to be prepared to step into the spotlight... - You Have It In You by Sheryl Brady.
When I read the sentence above this weekend, I thought or not. Sometimes, God is asking us not to step into the spotlight of the larger audience but to be content with the much smaller group gathered around the candlelight off stage. I'm rare in that I enjoy public speaking, especially on my favourite topic, but more than being front and center at a big conference, I love a class of energized students who interact, share, grow, develop, and connect or a coffee date with a few other women huddled around our latest show & tell or a one-to-one with another sewist where we can banter back and forth discussing what about this and have you tried that. On Saturday morning, I spent an hour talking pants with another blogger. It was FUN FUN FUN.
This awareness of not stepping into the spotlight is part of that process I referred to on Friday, the process of not only coming to terms with who we are but of actively celebrating and embracing that way of being as our home and our whole. I have a particular way of being that is shared by a smaller percentage of the population. We - that small percentage - actually enjoy delving deep into theories, and this is good, especially if we also love sharing the learning and it expands to help others. One of the fabulous things about being a woman my age is - I think - coming to a greater and greater acceptance of who we are which in turn allows us to become all that we are meant to be on the scale and in the direction we are meant to follow. It was an ah ha. Love those.
I think one of the reasons I'm struggling to make progress with surface design is because it's about practice and while practice is important, it is also repetition and repetition is not my strong suit, most likely because repetition is not about answering a puzzle in the way that fit or technique are. The challenge is there but it's vastly different. Another interesting awareness.
And... LOL... apparently, I'm challenged to actually sew a black t-shirt before I leave for Sew Expo on Wednesday. Not that I need one absolutely although my minimal wardrobe has gotten more minimal with my size adjustment but I do have enough clothing to last the weekend. However, I want to make one. Maybe the third time will be the lucky one so I dug deeper into the stash and found some very expensive, black one-by-one knit that I'd subconsciously passed over due to holding precious. This is not good. There's no point in holding precious when you could be wearing that t-shirt. Besides, once you make the first cut, it's no longer precious. And I'm working on Vogue 8886, which I've successfully sewn before as a dress. We'll see what happens.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - or not