Monday, March 31, 2014

That's A Huge Purse

Although I tend to carry very simple, very plain purses - typically black - they are one of my favourite ways to play with design, refashioning, and remnants. In this case...

... I'm using remnants of the remnants from the four men's shirts. First I sewed the skirt and then the little girl's dress and now I'm working on Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8783 bag. Of course, I'm not sewing it exactly like the pattern. That would be - LOL - just wrong - or at least not quite me.

The red and the black purses shown in the image above are the same size and the purple-orange one is smaller. The larger ones are 18" wide by 13" high and the smaller one is 13" wide by 9" high by 7" deep. I'm not sure how deep the larger one is but...

... this picture convinced me to measure other bags I own to see how big that actually was and decide that I'd rather sew the smaller size. That's a HUGE purse, more like an overnight bag. I like the shape and the somewhat oriental feel of the triangle but not the rectangles. They're labeled as pockets but unless I'm reading the instructions wrong, they're more patches than pockets because they don't actually do anything which is fine because...

... I wanted to show off my fabric. I started by cutting a piece of backing and thin batting slightly larger than the pattern piece and then layered bits of the shirts using three of the four prints.

Next, I zigzagged the edges using an medium stitch to secure the pieces to the batting and prevent fraying. And then...

... stipple quilted. It neat enough but it's not anywhere near the kind of work I used to do which tells me  I haven't been doing a lot of quilting lately - and perhaps I should practice to keep up my skills - but then again - maybe not. That's not the direction I'm working toward right now and even though my lines are not very exciting, it's okay in this case because they form the background.

On top - I seem to have fallen in love with serger strings. These ones are all black and secured in place with turquoise stitching. It creates the look of stained glass. I think I have the correct shade of turquoise to the correct shade of dusty pink - complimentary colors - because it's hard to get a picture that isn't slightly out of focus due to the energy between the two colors, energy that gives a muted color scheme vibrancy.

This image compares the base fabric with the black serger strings at left and without them at right. LOVE the way the strings bring everything together and give it life. More tomorrow.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - another way to utilize the scraps making THE Most Expensive Dress Ever not quite so expensive

Friday, March 28, 2014

What's Sewn Is Sewn

Yesterday, I finished the little girl's dress and then cleaned house and now I have the potential for two days of uninterrupted sewing. Today, a friend is coming to work with me in the studio. I'm looking forward to that and to starting a new project. With a ten day hiatus in the middle, this one seemed to drag on forever. And now it's done.

The collar idea worked out quite well with a little tweaking. When I finished the rows of stitching, it seemed too bright for the rest of the garment so I toned it down by stitching a serger string around the edge and that did the trick. The string is appliqued on top and underneath, the collar is finished as normal. I've realized that I always run into difficulty at this stage especially with how to finish the top of the button band and what to do for a collar. These are steps to pay more attention to on the next project and perhaps questions to answer in advance or nearer the start.

The very bright purple men's shirt that I used frays like the dickens so fluffy bits of thread are fraying all over the dress. I've trimmed a few but I'm not worrying about it too much because they add a wonderful organic element to the fabric.

The pattern is Simplicity 2526. See how the sleeves look long in the photo and yet in yesterday's posting they were so vastly different from the other Simplicity pattern. When I measured size two sleeves yesterday, they were 8 1/2 - 9" at the underarm. This dress is 6" and the one I compared it to yesterday is 11" meaning one is too long and the other too short. Yes... and what's sewn is sewn. I'll adjust the patterns for next time. This one is apparently a 3/4 sleeve - VBG. Knowing that I may add a pleat and a button at the hemline.

The back yoke is the fabric from the darker purple men's shirt with silver stenciling on top. A strip of black separates it from the main fabric. In the earlier image of the collar, you can see the painted lace that I used for the front yoke. I really like how that turned out so I may try painting more lace in the future. So far, I'm more drawn to thread work and piecing than to painting and stenciling although this dress combines them all quite well - if I don't say so myself - LOL.

In the front, the turquoise buttons are doing their part to brighten up the ensemble. Seeing this picture, I am reminded once again that I work in a mid to dark range and that up close is the preferred viewing distance for my pieces. Sigh. Oh well. - I've been thinking about taking this and a few other little girl coats/dresses along to the Design Outside The Lines workshop only I don't want anyone to think I'm showing off in any way. I just want to share the kind of work I enjoy doing. What do you think?

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a new project and learning the correct sleeve length

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sales & Sleeves

Yesterday, I woke up at the crack of dawn which is a bad thing in terms of getting enough sleep and a great thing in terms of getting a lot done. By ten-thirty, I'd already blogged, run, had a bath and gotten dressed, been out to journal, come back home to reverse the pleats on the sleeves, gone out for breakfast with my youngest son, and shopped at Fabricland and was back home in the studio ready to move forward with the little girl's dress.

Changing the pleats on the sleeve cap turned out only so-so. While I liked them folded toward the middle like this, I realized that re-using the men's sleeve/cuff wasn't working for me so I...

... cut new sleeves from the same shirt and sewed them in. One of the reviews talked about too much sleeve cap ease in this pattern - Simplicity 2526 - only I didn't find that the case. They fit in quite nicely.

The hems - however - are skimpy at 3/8". I prefer a wider, more substantial hem with weight - at least an inch - perhaps an inch turned twice. That's something to remember for next time as is...

... checking the sleeve length. The sleeve underneath is Simplicity 2745 and as you can see it's much longer even though these are both size three patterns and both - supposedly - have long sleeves. I'm planning a trip to the mall to measure a few ready-to-wear garments and see what a good sleeve length would be for this size. Meanwhile...

... do you remember me saying how much I . LOVE . THREAD ? These lines of variegated turquoise thread are 1/8" apart over the grey base fabric. It's the collar. Hopefully it - and the dress - will be finished and ready to show tomorrow. I have one decision left and then it's done.

Don't you love sales? I do and especially sales that happen right when I need them to happen. The diaper flannel above was on 60% off at Fabricland and I had no idea until I got there. I bought eight meters but not for diapers. It's for the challenge project I'm working on with Gwen... who I have no idea if she reads my blog... and I should probably find out... and check if she wants to keep our pieces a surprise until we meet up in June... as in before I put all the details on the blog... SO... the flannel is for an inner lining and that's all I'm going to say for now - LOL - except that I'm not making the dress pattern I showed you earlier. I've changed my mind. No surprise I'm sure.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - sales & sleeves

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finished And Blocking

When I was at Fabricland last week, I had a conversation with another woman at the pattern cabinets - perhaps the sewing equivalent of the office water cooler - about sewing. She said that she sewed for the love of it but takes breaks of weeks and months between projects. For me, a long break is a few days. And then I get itchy. Like now. I haven't sewn anything in the past ten days which is a really REALLY long time for me. Thankfully, I have been...

... knitting. When I finished the smaller size of the grey baby sweater there was enough yarn to make a larger size for baby's older brother. Both are finished and blocking. My goal is to have them sewn together by the weekend. It's a surprisingly easy pattern with lots of potential. As I knit, my mind kept coming up with ideas for evolving the pattern as a T & T - which made me happy - my brain hasn't completely shut down - good - LOL - I'd hate to lose that flow of ideas. And...

... I want to finish the little coat I am - was - working on. No progress has been made since the last time I talked about it. It still needs the sleeve pleats reversed and a collar. Should we consider it progress that I ordered a child size mannequin to help with future pieces. I find my dressform invaluable for designing garments in my size and I think this smaller form will help with the little girl coats. Since I always sew the same size, I ordered a size 2 mannequin which fits the size 3 pattern measurements... which also means I need to label the coats as a size two from now on.

I had my daughter measure my adorable grandson to make sure that the sweater I knit for my friend's grandson will fit him at a year old which he'll be mid April. It's amazing how much he has learned in the past year. I know my children did all the things that he is doing but I think I was too tired at the time to realize what an amazing miracle it is to watch a child develop.

We bought him this (rather noisy) toy when he was born and had to hold him up to take the picture and now he can climb all over it all by himself. I forgot to ask my daughter if he's figured out how to make it honk but I'm sure he has. What boy wouldn't love that aspect. I'll find out in a few weeks when I go to visit. Grandma gets to babysit on his birthday. YEAH ! ! !

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - knitting

Friday, March 21, 2014


It's a short to do list today - I really need to clean the studio. When I started the grey baby sweater, I pulled out some boxes looking for the right yarn and the right needles and the contents ended up spread around and mixed up with the shirt bits. It's a mess. Clean calms the soul. It'll be good as was....

... rewinding a bunch of yarn because now I have balls of potential instead of projects going nowhere. The turquoise is linen, the rust is a superwash wool, the black is a wool nylon sock blend, and the blue is a bamboo blend. They are all nice yarns so rewinding made way more sense than giving the unfinished project away and then buying more yarn again.

With the baby garter ridge sweater pattern you knit up from the bottom and then split and knit the rest of the back and the two fronts separately. In this size, twenty-five stitches go left and right to form the fronts and forty-four stitches become the back. In the past, I've found that split point to be weak and have strengthened it with when sewing the sleeve in. This time, I crossed one stitch over the other and moved what would have been a front stitch to the back and what would have been a back stitch to the front. It worked fabulous.

My trip to Vernon on Wednesday went well. I had a great visit with my friend and got home just in time to avoid a major snow fall. Apparently winter wanted a last hurrah before the first day of spring. I didn't take my camera so I can't show you pictures of what I saw but at my favourite dress shop. Linen. Lovely lines. Details. A button up "blouse" made of a very stable knit that looked like a marbled hand-dyed print with a fabulous hand and a softer, more approachable tone rather than BUTTONED UP - if you know what I mean. I may try that at some point but...

... right now... I'm going to clean the studio and then reverse the pleats on the sleeves after which hopefully a collar idea shows up. This week feels like I've been dragging my behind and that would be because - LOL - I have. And now I want to finish this little girl project and get on to the next project - a purse I think.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - missing driving in the snow storm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Grey Baby Garter Ridge Cardigan

This morning, I'm driving to Vernon an hour and a half away and spending the day with a friend. Along with our usual conversations about sewing and art, we're going shopping, out for lunch, and to an exhibit at the gallery. I'm looking forward to the day.

In January, my friend "had" a new grandson and I keep saying I am knitting a sweater for him... and I am... sort of... only it's a complicated sweater and my brain just wasn't getting to doing the math of the buttonhole band so yesterday, I started a new one using a grey, classic wool that is gorgeous to knit with.

It's the Garter Ridge Baby Cardigan - a free pattern from Lion Brand yarns. This pattern is almost as good for mindless knitting as a scarf. It's knit from the bottom up adding the buttonholes as you go and separating for the armholes with the sleeves sewn in. It's simple and there's very little finishing.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a day away

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Hem

It's really rather fascinating how a developing piece can talk to you. Even a decade ago, if someone had said something like that to me, I'd have thought they were off their rocker and now I willing admit that my pieces talk... and I listen... and it's strangely wonderful.
This piece did not want a complicated hem. Not binding. Not a wider lace. Not a turned up hem. Just something simple like this delicately gathered 1/4" lace. It's gathered to an elastic, originally intended for lingerie. It looks good here.

The hem was finished Sunday night. Yesterday, it took me all day to read a book that would normally have taken a couple hours. Other than to check email, I didn't even go in the studio. There's a lot going on in what I refer to as the mess of the rest of my life. It's intriguing that there are two groups of people: those who are more interested in me staying married and those who are more interested in me staying sane. The commonality of the later group is experience with chronic illness and its ramifications. Sometimes, you'd rather not have things in common.

If I don't sew today, I'll have nothing to post tomorrow and -  LOL - hopefully that's incentive enough. We'll see. I'm still trying to figure out the collar and no great ideas are appearing although I have been debating turning the pleats on the sleeve cap the other way and that would give me some place to start. Maybe the collar is waiting patiently.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the later group

Monday, March 17, 2014

Savoring The Satisfaction

This weekend, I finished the two fronts and the back of the coat, joined the shoulder and side seams, sewed in the sleeves, and sewed on the buttons.

I chose simple turquoise colored buttons to stand out from the purple plaid and to go with the top stitching thread. On my last project - the skirt - I chose shiny turquoise thread to give the buttons sparkle. This time, I used black thread to tone them down.

This is the front on the design wall with the sleeves pinned in position. It looks rather boring which is why I added the turquoise buttons but in reality, it's not boring at all. I've come to accept that my preference is firmly in the medium to dark value range with subtle details. Try as I might, I'm not high contrast. Not much about my pieces jumps, dances, and demands to be seen. They invite. To truly appreciate them, the viewing range has to be close.

For the sleeves, I created a large tuck at the sleeve cap to take in the excess. On the back...

... is the placket and buttons from the original men's shirt. I haven't decided if the sleeves are amazing or not yet but they do work and are fun. Howard said they look too short - like the bottom of a man's shirt. Yes.

On the inside, the side seams have a herringbone effect that I really like. For some reason, I decided to hand tack them to the garment so they'd remain flat and even. I think it's a way of savoring the satisfaction of a seam well sewn... or maybe it's procrastination... because I have to figure out the hem and the neckline next and I don't think the men's collar is the answer anymore or at least not in its original form. I'm debating. I'll start with the hem.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a friend fell and broke her arm this weekend. It reminded me to be thankful for immediate health care - for ambulances and hospitals - for pharmacies, drugs, and drug plans - and for care-givers.

Friday, March 14, 2014

How To Find And Follow An Idea

One of the workshops I teach is called Self Expressions. It's about moving away from pattern based quilting into independent textile art. In it, I tell my students to start and do one thing and then another and then another until the piece says it's finished. It's a fun way of working and completely transferable to creative everyday wear so I thought I'd illustrate how to find and follow an idea and see if sharing the process starts any tickles for you. I hope so.

After I put away the skirt, I sorted the bits and pieces of men's shirts into individual piles. There was also a pile of painted lace bits, one of pieced scraps, and one of spaghetti-like cut-off serged seams. When I'm working on a project, I don't throw anything away until I first decide if it might be useful in another project.

I didn't think making the skirt pushed me as much as I'd wanted to be pushed so I decided to use the project remnants to sew a child size garment with Simplicity 2526, view A. This idea comes from the question what can I do with what I have? It encompasses two decisions - to use the remnants and to use them in a child's size garment. What can I do with what I have? is often the beginning of a project. Another equally valuable starting question is what do I want to learn?

One of the things that disappointed me with the skirt was not incorporating obvious bits of the shirts like the collars or cuffs. I wanted anyone looking at the garment to stop, be surprised, and realize that a man's shirt had been used. That was what delighted me about the original inspiration - Helen's skirt - and that's the push. The lack of specific learning - of reaching my goal - in the previous project became the starting point of this new project. The next question was how can I incorporate an obvious part of the men's shirts?

The width of the men's cuff was the same as the width as the girl's sleeve hemline even though it doesn't look like that in the earlier picture with the pattern piece. Underneath, by the side seam, the cuff is not lined up because of the way the underarm seam of a man's shirt angles away from the cuff. The pattern piece has a 3/8" seam allowance. I cut the sleeve by aligning the side seam of the pattern with the side seam of the shirt so the excess width would be at the top of the cap curve and could be pleated or gathered into the cap. The button closure and the placket of the men's shirt will be at the back of the little girl sleeve.

The rest of the garment is built around the original idea of using the cuff of the men's shirt sleeve as the hem of this garment's sleeve. Because the fabric is relatively light and I won't be lining the dress, I chose a loosely woven cotton for a foundation and marked center front with a chalk line.

Next, I auditioned different ways of using the strips of shirting - vertical or horizontal or diagonal - to build a collage on top of the foundation only there weren't nearly as many strips left over from the skirt as I'd thought and I would have needed to cut more. Needing to cut more strips led me to ponder ideas for utilizing shapes other than strips and that led to...

... playing with the spaghetti-like serged bits. Deciding to use them, I next thought about how much of the front did I want to cover and how would I join the bits to the foundation. Then I sampled joining using a long zigzag, a short zigzag, and a straight stitch with a shiny rayon thread only the thread wouldn't co-operate and kept catching, bunching, and pulling so much so that I finally substituted a cotton thread in a similar color that was far less frustrating to work with. Figuring that out took at least a half hour and a lot of ripping.

When determining how much of the foundation to cover, I also made the decision to add a yoke above and a line between to neatly finish the serged bits. Black was the obvious choice since it's the neutral colored solid in the mix. I didn't measure a strip. I simply pressed under the edges of a remnant and good and enough. There are more remnants. I can easily match the width if necessary.

After experimenting with the different shirt fabrics for the yoke, I chose a piece of the lace because it blended the colors and textures well and allowed the grey of the foundation to show through and because...

... it went best with the purple button-hole band that I wanted to incorporate. At this point, I've made six decisions but haven't started sewing yet. Sometimes it happens like this and sometimes I make and stitch one decision at a time. I start stitching when my artist starts happily jumping up and down excited that "we" have a doable idea.

The seventh decision was to include the collar of the purple shirt. It's too big and that's okay. Later on, once all these other decisions are stitched, I'll figure out whether to shorten the collar and how or whether to alter the shape of the neckline and how. It doesn't matter right now, nor does what will happen in the back. The next step is to stitch these elements in place and the next decision is whether the left front should be identical or different? I'm off to stitch. Have a great weekend.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - an encouraging message

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Just Paints For Me

The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The snow is mostly gone and spring is finally in the air. Yesterday was the prefect day for a road trip. My friend Rosemarie came along with me to...

... Opus in Kelowna, about two and a half hours away. This is the nearest art supply center that sells the Jacquard paints I wanted for my new adventures in surface design.

I bought a large container of black, a small one each of white and of white pearlescent, and a small one each of yellow, red, blue, green, purple, fuchsia, and turquoise along with a copper of Setacolor paint and a broad black Tee Juice pen. They had a very poor selection of the pens which is unfortunate as I wanted a range of sizes BUT... these are - LOL - a good beginning.

Next door is the Water Garden boutique with jewellry, accessories, home decor, and other gift items. I bought one of my favourite necklaces in this store last year and saw several more this time that I wouldn't have minded owning only - having just bought all my lovely paints - I carefully looked the other way.

My friend - on the other hand - fell in love with an Italian made linen and knit dress that looked absolutely fabulous on her. The fabric was high end and the details divine. There was a slightly different variation in black and I carefully looked the other way from that too so I wouldn't even be tempted to try it on. Paints. Just paints for me.

After lunch, we stopped at Art Of Yarn, a store full of luscious blends. The display of buttons was fantastic. I only admired it since I have more than enough buttons in stash right now and no specific project in mind BUT... I definitely know where to go when I want something different.

It was a quick trip leaving after breakfast and returning before dinner but we had a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed our conversation. We talked all the way there, all through lunch, and all the way back. It was great.

My oldest son bought me Dot Complicated by Randi Zuckerberg for Christmas. I'm enjoying the book only it's a lot like preaching to the choir since I'm not all that technologically savvy...well... maybe not even the choir because I'm under-technical for this era. I'm computer literate, can design my own website, and write the blog but I don't do Facebook or Twitter or any of those social media groups and I have a cell phone but it stays in the car for use during emergencies. I'm not interested in carrying a phone around and being always on and I have no idea how to send a text and no desire to learn. I do however...

.... have an opinion on what Randi describes as electronic cocaine, a lack of tech etiquette, and a tech-life imbalance. I've reached my limit on attempting to spend time with friends who are sitting across from me but not talking to me because they are checking their phone, reading something on their tablet, or doing research on the Internet. I'm sure I'll lose friends but I am no longer willing to spend my time, money, and energy with someone who is not spending their time, money, or energy with me and is instead spending MY time with THEIR technology. I find it unbelievably rude and so many people are in denial about their addiction that I've reached the snap point on putting up with it which is why I asked this particular friend to go on this road trip. Not only is she available during the week, she doesn't own a phone or if she does, I have no idea.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a delightful day

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More Of Who We Are

Take pen in hand and write a brief creative autobiography of your life. Allow yourself thirty minutes to put memories on paper, filling in the prompts below. How did you express yourself at different times in your life? Did you act in elementary school? Did you sing in the high school choir? Did you decorate your apartment in college? Large and small, your history of creative action is a map of your creative life. Allow yourself to make connections as you write. What do you miss? What was fun? What have you denied yourself? What do you desire to do now?

The above was an assignment at the end of chapter eleven in Julia Cameron's book The Prosperous Heart. The prompts that followed were for each set of five year increments - age 0-5, age 5-10, and so on - and asked you to answer the following: I was most aware of my creativity when..., I wanted to..., In my household creativity was..., I wished that I had..., and I was creative when... The prompts are good but I found the most surprising thoughts emerged when I simply started writing and let the words flow without critique - a stream of consciousness if you will.

I have a reputation for being outspoken, for saying out loud the things that other people only think. That dubious gift leads to the implication that I am aggressive. And I'm not. I often tell people that they'd be surprised by what I don't say. What I learned when I started answering these questions was how passive I actually am, how often I settle, how often I don't speak up on my own behalf, an awareness that I'm often acting on the outside and stuffing on the inside to get along. And I think that's normal and true of all of us especially when we're young and that our lives are a journey of discovery, of revealing the inside to the outside. The older I get, the less I care what people think, the more authentic I am becoming. This is good.

Clothes reveal the inside. What we wear and how we dress says a lot about how we move through life. Are we wearing clothes that are truly us or clothes we've settled for? To what degree do our finances control our image? Do we wear what's popular or what feels authentic? Are we sewing what's easy? Are we risking new styles to see if they might become a comfortable part of our visual identity? Are we playing it safe, repeating familiar lines without new interpretations? Do we settle for practical accessories when we really want to wear party shoes? Are we staying stagnant or learning and growing?

Every time I look through my pattern drawer, I'm drawn to out of print Vogue 8398. There's a message in that attraction that's trying to break through and yet every time I put the pattern back in the drawer and don't sew it. Why not?

It seems ever so slightly prissy and somewhat classic yet at the same time form flattering with the princess seams and flirty with the peplum back. Have I not sewn this pattern because a raglan sleeve is not my style? Is it because I'll need to fit the bustline? Am I afraid that on me it won't look as flirty and feminine as I want to feel in it? Am I wondering what to wear it with? Even when we think we're not thinking, questions like these run through our minds every time we contemplate pairing fabric with pattern to sew. We have expectations and hopes and perhaps those answers only appear when we actually sew, which is another version of learning to do the work by doing the work.

Are we too quick to judge? Do we immediately say I can't wear that rather than how can I wear that? With the raglan sleeve jacket, it's a simple matter of drawing in the shoulder seam and utilizing a fitted sleeve to make it more flattering to me. When Vogue 8975 was released, I thought the dress might be doable but completely missed the potential of the cardigan until...

... I saw Nancy Murakami's version. While the aspects of this style that don't work for my figure still exist - the dropped shoulder and the lack of a defined waistline - Nancy's version impresses on me that any pattern can be less of what it appears to be and more individual and customized if we'll take the time to evolve its lines in our own specific direction and that we will continue to find our direction by continuing to evolve. We learn to sew by sewing. We learn to dress by dressing. We learn to sew creative individualized wearable clothing by continuing to sew creative individualized wearable clothes and the more pieces we make, the more we learn, and the more our style and individuality are revealed. And then... we take that learning forward and make increasingly wiser choices.

While I will in all likelihood change the sleeve on Vogue 8398 and attempt to make the pattern work for me, it's unlikely I'll ever sew the Vogue 8975 cardigan. With the first, there's enough potential to take the risk and with the second, there's enough awareness to not go there. In contrast, Vogue 8982 is much better suited to my figure. It has sufficient seams and darts to fit a curvy figure, a more defined waist, a set in sleeve and strong shoulder, and - if you look at the pattern page - you'll see it interpreted in numerous ways all with a different personality. Our choices - of pattern, of fabric, of notions, of details - all speak to our authentic self BUT...

... the expression of our authentic self is NOT set in stone. We're not done evolving until life is finished. As new aspects of our personality are revealed, as we drop some roles and take on new ones, as we experiment, and as we accept that not every garment has to be an absolute winner in all areas, we'll be drawn in new directions. Butterick 5994 is not nearly as form fitting but it has almost all of the same elements and room to play. It's worth exploring and...

... so are the two dresses - Vogue 8975 earlier and Butterick 5986 above - because in the right fabric with the right visual personality and the correct amount of drape these could both be fun to wear and flattering to my figure and they are so far from a pattern I would have chosen just a couple years ago. They reflect new learning and new experiences and new layers revealed. I find myself wanting to not stagnate but to continue exploring new frontiers that balance what I know to be true about myself with new learning. This is - to me - a fun and valuable aspect of life at my age.

It is learning that looks at Butterick 6028 and acknowledges that no matter what "they" say, skinny pants do not look good on my figure, that skinny pants make me look like a lollipop on a stick however, these pants have an elastic waist and princess seams in the back, a natural waist level, flat pockets, and flattering seam lines that do suit my figure. They are worth exploring to find that perfect width of hem that will work for me and to play with visual pattern because even though I'm a bottom heavy triangle - oh well - I'm okay with pattern on the bottom. I like it's vibrancy. Life and especially the creative part of our lives is a journey of becoming more of who we are and sometimes who we are color and pattern and creativity wise is far more important than the exact right lines although the best of the best is color and pattern and creativity paired with the exact right lines. What fun to discover ! ! !

LOL - I bought some new patterns. Bet you guessed that.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - risk and guarantees