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