Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some Progress Was Made

Yesterday was a day of appointments, coffee dates, telephone chats, and a whole list of other things BUT... some progress was made.





In this skirtless image, the sleeves were pinned in place while I decided if I wanted them or not. I do. And now I'm debating what if any details to add to the hems although that answer - I think - depends on what I do to the rest of the dress. Not only is red an unusual color for me to sew with but it's been a really Really REALLY long time since I've sewn such a large floral print. To me, the dress is already cluttered which means whatever details I add need to be both calming and understated. I'll definitely be adding a better color for my face to the neckline as ParisGrrl suggested.





In this image, the bust dart was pinned to determine if it was the right length and pointing in the right direction. No. AND...





... the dart is not actually necessary because there is enough stretch to ease it in instead of sewing it just as I do with my favourite T & T t-shirt pattern. Easing works. It solves the where and how long and pointing to what questions simply.

Everything you want most in the world is just beyond the range of your comfort zone. - Jennifer Aniston

The above quote was in Your Life Calling, a book by Jane Pauley on reimagining the rest of your life. The book is written for baby boomers about the opportunities ahead after age fifty. For the past few weeks, I've been thinking about my Design Outside The Lines workshop wardrobe. I love having an event to go to as an opportunity to create new pieces and at the same time I've been thinking about the learning of the last two workshops. One of the conclusions I've come to is that I'm more conservative than I knew and one great piece of learning has been about the level of clutter in my clothing.

I rarely wear garments like the dress that I'm sewing now that are already busy all by themselves. My favourite look is a solid colored t-shirt with some interesting lines paired with an amazing necklace. And yet, that is obviously not enough because I'm constantly drawn to understated looks with subtle details and to the bits and pieces of fabric and paint that create a truly unique and individualized garment like the shirts shown in this blog posting. To me, that attraction is part of the world just beyond the range of my comfort zone, the world that I'm working toward as I continue figuring out how to combine the elements that attract me into garments that truly zing with my personality. I find that a fascinating challenge with no immediate ending in sight. And this is good.

The news yesterday was mixed. Howard's new symptoms pointed to an entirely different possibility which meant a change in medication and the scheduling of new tests. Basically more hurry up and wait.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - darts that ease

13 comments:

  1. I love that fabric but I'm not sure the colours would suit me: I can see why you were entranced. Hope your husband's test results reveal a condition that can be treated easily. Best wishes

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    1. I know. I look at it and it really doesn't work and yet there is something that draws me in. So strange. Thanks for the best wishes.

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  2. Experimenting with pattern and color has always been a disappointment for me. My 'comfort zone' mostly has the bling in the skirt or pants, rarely near my face. At my age, the Freckles compete too strongly with anything but a very small pattern. Mostly I stick to that formula and remain very safe in what I create. I do admire your adventurous spirit while testing fabrics and techniques so I will continue to observe and live vicariously through you! I do understand the stresses of an ill spouse and how it can sap your strength and enthusiasm My thoughts and prayers are with you in hoping that you find the answers you need. Take care.

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    1. Like you, I tend to do bling on the bottom. I wear my first version of this dress with a short, cropped cardigan and it's a fun look. I can see putting something "calm" over this one. I really admire women who can utilize a formula. I know I have one that is my comfort zone and yet I'm always pushing the edges. I like change. - Thanks for the prayers.

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  3. I'm really liking how your dress is shaping up. Yes, the large flowers are a departure for you, but I have this feeling you will enjoy the finished garment. It might be an "outlier" in your closet. I am actually trying to rein myself in at the moment and to have the discipline to deepen my understanding of what I have observed works for me. I love exploring new things, but recently that hasn't been a productive strategy. Wishing you and your husband answers soon--and ones you can work with. Of course you will work with whatever you are given, but I'm cheering for a hopeful outcome.

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    1. The Outlier - what a fun name for the dress that would be. Thanks. I think you're right about the balance between what works and exploring new ideas. I'm trying to take what I know works for sure - like an old favourite like a trumpet skirt - and push those boundaries in a safe way - with safe being a relative term. - I would love a hopeful outcome with our current situation. I'm really REALLY tired of the current reality.

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  4. I deeply love the fabric - but I know what you mean about using your wardrobe and your studio to push yourself in new and unfamiliar ways. I think you are doing a very cunning thing - taking the shape that you know you love and making it out of a fabric that makes you slightly uncomfortable. I think it's awesome. Ease yourself into the discomfort. Hugs and prayers.

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    1. Replying to myself - not that rare - I think part of your discomfort may stem from the fact that your designs tend to be linear and that fabric is anything but.

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    2. I got the fabric at Fabricland so they may have some at Fisher or Elbow. It's in that unknown fiber section where nothing really goes together but there are some interesting pieces. Working within a shape strikes me as more safe than cunning but cunning is good - it makes me sound more adventurous than reality - VBG.

      What exactly do you mean about my tendency toward linear designs - in the fabric or in the garment styling? Very interesting thought. This dress has a slight lagenlook which is typically too much fabric and too loose for me. I've made sure to fit it more through the bodice to avoid looking like a tent. With the curvy pattern, I'll be a lot of curves all over.

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  5. I think that fabric is FANTASTIC!

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  6. That certainly is an energetic, exuberant fabric. I like it. Maybe the new paint colors in the house are kick-starting a new phase in your sewing, and you don't know it yet? Although I do love the more subtle (calmer?) fabric combinations and embellishments with a touch of energy that I've seen you do since I found your blog a few months ago.

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    1. Ack - hit "send" too soon - I hope you get some answers soon on what Howard has. The frustration both of you feel must be wearing in so many ways.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.