Last weekend, when my friend and I came home from Seattle, we drove in cold weather and blinding snow. This weekend, it warmed up considerably, the snow melted, and my garden is fully exposed in anticipation of spring. And then again, it could snow tomorrow. You just never know although I'd vote for tulips, crocuses, or daffodils or some other cheerful sign of change. Snow is wearing thin.
I didn't get nearly as much done as I'd like in the studio. I was distracted or perhaps procrastinating. Either way, the skirt is not finished but it did make some progress. In the back, I used the button opening of one of the men's shirts in place of a zipper.
The dusty rose reminded me of a skirt I sewed several years ago that felt dull and boring until I paired it with a turquoise sweater - the compliment. At left above is the piecing before topstitching and at right I've added turquoise topstitching. WHAT a difference. And it let me play with thread which is one of thethings I really miss from making textile art. I love thread.Both it and paint have a wonderful way of blending and adding energy to a piece.
The front has another button section as an accent. It doesn't open and close. It just is. The placement is slightly off center and looks interesting held up against the body. I'm wondering now if I should have added another strip of the bright purple. Look at how much...
... more alive that black square looks with the top stitching? Isn't that fascinating? If you've never considered what thread could do for a project, it's something to consider.
When you completely change your mind about a project, it means revisiting some of the decisions already made. Above, I changed four of the strips in the back sections to get a better color and size configuration. It always surprises me with refashioning that the amount of fabric available is less than anticipated. I think I'm starting with a big piece and could do just about anything and it's rarely true.
Because of the shortness of some sections of the original piecing, I used the back from McCall's 5523 with the shorter center back and pleats. I've sewn this pattern a few times and really like it. This time I've lengthened the finished skirt to well below the knee.
I'm considering the brighter purple for the pleats only it seems a bit too loud, distracting, so I'm going to experiment with a few other options first before I sew the sections together. This is nowhere near the garment I started out to make and I have no idea where it's going. Right now, it feels like the long way around, perhaps even the wrong direction. I started out wanting to make something far more edgy and while this is pencil-skirt-with-a-twist, it's not edgy in the way I imagined. It's more like an interesting choice of fabric than a one-of-a-kind design. Which is good information but...
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - resolution