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

12 comments:

  1. This is so gorgeous. I think you should definitely show it off. It's really great workmanship!

    You know, I *love* the fraying purple threads. I thought you did that on purpose. :)

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    1. LOL - accidentally on purpose. I like them too. Thanks.

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  2. So pretty! I like how it is subtle, and draws the viewer in a for a closer look

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    1. Yes. I think that's part of our creative journey - not only finding our way of working, and our style, but accepting and embracing it when we do. Every time I set out to do something that is higher contrast, I end up "calming" it down and that's information for me to pay attention to. I'm learning to embrace my preference for surprise and the subtle mix so that when someone walks up closer, they find hidden treasures.

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  3. If you can't share with enthusiasm the work you are doing at a place like Design Outside the Lines, then where can you do it? I love to see what others are doing and think my favorite part of may get togethers of creative folks is the show and tell. Take all the fun stuff you can carry and have a ball swapping ideas and techniques!

    Lois K

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    1. Thanks and me too. It's so encouraging to see what others are working on and to learn from their learning. It's part of the reason I ordered the child size mannequin. I thought it would be fun to set on my table like a little gallery.

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  4. I LovE It! Bring TheM!! :)

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  5. Love the pop of the turquoise buttons! Of course you should bring the dresses to the workshop— it seems this is a format that suits you well and lets you express yourself creatively. Who says you have to make grown-up clothes?

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    1. LOL - I like grown-up clothes too but these little ones are so fun especially for using up scraps although... I'm working on a purse with the scraps of the scraps and that's fun too - zero waste and see how far it goes.

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