Monday, June 30, 2014

Be More - Be Better

Howard flew to Calgary early Sunday morning to visit our daughter and her family and Barb left this morning after breakfast which means that after a busy week, I'm home alone for two days. What fun. A sewcation.

While Barb was here, I sewed the Trio pants - and then resewed them - and a pair of jeans that turned out fabulously - and started on a jacket. I'll post pictures of the refashioned pants and the jeans asap. Today, the start of my version of Oscar de La Renta's out of print Vogue 2956.

I'm not one for handwork unless it's absolutely necessary with necessary meaning that I can't do a better job by machine. Sometimes, I'll do a combination of hand and machine work like with the binding on the armhole. The jacket is not lined so the inside needs to be neat and clean. The seams are either hidden as by the yoke or exposed but can be neatly finished with a serger except for the armhole seam. Because the sleeve is set in, I cannot get the degree of workmanship that I want by serging the seam so instead I used bias binding that is tacked in place by hand. I'll press and machine stitch it to finish. I'm willing to do that amount of work to get the look I want.

The weather is gorgeous this morning. I opened the doors and windows and sat out on the front porch to do the hand stitching. A deer joined me, munching on the leaves across the way. So peaceful. While I stitched, I thought - as in thought some more because it's been on my mind for days - about Carolyn's recent posting An Inside Shot. She asked thought provoking questions about why we sew from our perspective with the recognition that everyone's perspective is different.

A lot of people say they LOVE clothes. That's not how I'd phrase it. What I love is clothing as an art form and the ability to create texture, shape and line through a combinations of details along with the endless possibilities inherent in fabric. Wandering the mall doesn't interest me and yet I could spend hours at a high end boutique checking out the details and figuring out how "they" did that. And then, I want to do my own thing. I'm not interested in copying. I like the architecture of clothing and the puzzle of putting it together and of taking a two dimensional form and making it fit a three dimensional form. My goal is to create clothing that fits and flatters both my shape and my personality. One of my favourite baristas at Starbucks says I have a style all my own - a lovely compliment.

Carolyn writes: I'm adding more details to my garments because I don't have a price point... I have a point of view. 

Sewing for me is both an artistic outlet and pure entertainment. Because I shop for and sew from my stash, I am actually able to sew much less expensively than I can purchase RTW and the pieces I create are of higher quality and better fit. Sewing inexpensively is an ability that has developed over time and with experience. I know how to shop the sales like some women know how to shop the malls.

The fabric I'm working with now was on the discount table at 70% off - or about $3.00 a meter. The jacket takes 2.5 meters so the fabric cost is $7.50 plus interfacing, thread, and buttons. The two small buttons on each sleeve are recycled from a previous project and the main buttons are knot buttons made from fabric and cording meaning that while they added tremendously to the appeal of the piece, the notions did not raise the price significantly.

To answer some of Carolyn's questions, I view creative wearables as an art form and sew to express myself and to create a wardrobe that is neither trendy nor classic but one that is unique and reflects my personality, individuality, and preferences. I want the inside of my garments to be neat and presentable but I don't need to wear them inside out. I do, however, need them to be as impeccably finished as possible to the best of my ability. Most of the time, neat and presentable means a well stitched, well pressed, serger finished seam and I'll often use a surprising thread color to add energy and interest to the inside such as hot pink or lime green.

The area in which I am growing in my craft - the area where I want to be more, be better - is with details. The dart at the shoulder. The slit at the hemline. The small buttons for a touch of interest. The knot buttons for texture and individuality. Collars. Closures.  Because of the way I shop, these are not expensive details but they do take more time.

I'm a huge advocate of slow sewing, of taking the time to do the best job you can do, to learn to do by doing, and to be in the moment fully enjoying the entertainment of sewing. That means doing a step over if it didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. I originally turned under and hand stitched the hems for the sleeves and jacket bottom only the fabric is so fine that the bulk had a negative impact on the right side so I took out the hand stitching (which had taken quite a bit of time) and serge finished the hemline and then turned and stitched it once. The look is vastly better and something I am prouder of. It was worth the time to re-do.

For me, sewing is not something to be rushed through. I have no desire - or need - to sew a dress a day which works just perfect because not rushing allows me to take the time to add those designer details that lift a garment beyond the ordinary. Ordinary and average are not words I want applied to me.

Barb and I talked a lot about clothing as an art form while she was here. We met when we were both creating textile wall art and while she's sewn clothes before, it was mostly from a practical point of view and she couldn't relate to the artistic part. I overheard her talking to her mother on the phone last night sharing what she'd learned from being in the studio with me this last week - the potential of creative clothing. For me, clothing is just as fun to create, if not more so, than creating wall art and has the bonus of something to wear without looking just like everyone else.

I returned to sewing fashions at the start of 2010. In the past three and a half years, my skills and abilities have grown tremendously. The flow of garment work came back quickly and I've improved my technical and fitting skills substantially, The success rate of my pieces is rising steadily.

Attending the Design Outside The Lines retreats in 2012 and 2013 opened my eyes to the potential of creative clothing and yet as much as I was drawn in that direction, something was holding me back. This year at the retreat, it felt like I turned a corner of some kind. I feel a sense of confidence and see the affects emerging in my work. The retreat was almost a month ago and I'm still as excited as I was then. My mind is bubbling with possibilities. This is good.

Thanks Carolyn for such wonderful, thought provoking questions.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - home alone

Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries. 
- Corita Kent

Friday, June 27, 2014

Powerful Pants

It's amazing how much more you can get done when you have a playmate to sew with. I'm spending a lot more time at the machine and less on the couch reading. Yesterday, I finished the Trio Pants and started a pair of jeans.

The Trio pant pocket is virtually identical to the one on Marcy's Vogue 8499 skirt only this print is so busy that it's completely lost in terms of detail and simply adds width and weight which is not the best thing for it to do. I think the pattern would be much better sewn in a solid fabric where the details were more visible.

My only complaint is that the finished measurements were not printed on the pattern, in the instructions, or on the website. I chose the size based on my hips and will need to go down one, possibly two sizes. There is WAY too much ease. However...

... the shape of the crotch curve was perfect. The only alteration I made was my usual shortening the hip depth by one inch and it fit perfectly. This t-shirt is not the best choice to go with. It's too snug to create good balance between the upper and lower body. The pants look fabulous with Katherine's Vogue 8691 - perhaps because that pattern just really suits me. In this print especially, they're powerful pants. The Vogue top tones that down a bit. I like the floral fabric. It's worth saving so I'll take these apart, remove the pocket, and take in the seams. Based on how much I take in, I'll be able to determine which size to sew next time. I'll definitely make them again.

The jeans were already cut out back in April. I can't remember why they were put aside but they've come together easily. The design is a variation on the Burda 8157 pants. I added a yoke to the back and have patch pockets ready to sew in place once I determine the correct spot and...

... I added a pouch pocket to the front. I've been trying to find ways to use up the cotton fabrics that are sitting in my stash since I'm no longer doing textile art. The pockets took a small piece but it's a start. The denim fabric had more Lycra than I realized. I took the side seams in an additional 1/4" to make up for that or 1" less ease in total.

Barb and I are having a lot of fun. We're both working steadily on our projects and just enjoying the camaraderie, good conversation, and laughter. Her jacket is coming along really well. It's been interesting to watch her sew it because other than a shirt a year ago, she hasn't sewn clothing in a really long time and yet the flow has come back easily and the jacket is turning out fabulous. I'm hoping she'll want to sew more clothing again.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - that I'm not discouraged at the idea of finishing a pair of pants and then taking them apart and remaking them again. For me, it's fun to get the right fit and to make the fabric work, especially as I really like the colors and print. This is good. It illustrates the evolution of my sewing life from beginning to now. I like the fabric. I'm willing to save it. I know what to do. Good and enough.

I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent and I have my friends, I call it "content." 
- Lauren Bacall

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Painted Skirt

Barb and I spent a wonderful day in the studio. She took apart a jacket that she's literally worn to shreds and drafted a new pattern. I started on the pants I showed you yesterday. That has to be the fastest turnaround in my studio in a long time. The pattern came in the mail on Tuesday and I cut them out on Wednesday using fabric I bought a month ago. But... before that... I finished the painted skirt.

The background is actually a denim blue. It's misted with gold sparkles and they're catching the light in interesting ways creating more of a burgundy look. The color isn't accurate but it does let you see the painted paisleys.

True to the reviews, the skirt is snug... on me... not on Millicent... so I'm waiting to fine tune the fit until it's a bit looser in the hips. That curve is not as smooth as I'd like and the waist needs to be smaller however, it's more of a fall than a summer skirt so I'll do that work in a few months. By then, I'll have lost my holiday fluff and spent some more time on the treadmill and it should be good. I'm pleased with how the skirt turned out for my second painted project.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - friendship

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.
- Isaac Newton

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fun & Funky Pants

There was a storm last night. It rained so hard that the sound on the roof woke me up. And then this morning, the sun is shining brightly and it looks to be a beautiful day. Life and the weather can shift and change so quickly. I want to enjoy the sun while it's shining.

Sheri, one of the women at the retreat, was wearing a fabulous version of The Sewing Workshop's Chopin blouse. It's the first blouse pattern I've seen in a while that I really Really REALLY wanted to make. I don't typically buy from independent pattern companies for a variety of reasons, one being the cost of the patterns plus shipping, however, The Sewing Workshop has a solid reputation and great patterns. I had admired...

... the Pearl and Opal jacket when I was at Sew Expo in Seattle at the end of February. Since I was ordering, I ordered it too and...

... The Trio t-shirt, vest, and pants, mainly for the pants. I'm trying to collect a variety of funky pant patterns since they are more flattering to my figure than jeans and fun to wear. LOVE the pockets on these. They remind me of a skirt of Marcy's that I wear a lot.

I didn't get a lot done yesterday in the studio - a zipper, two side seams and two darts. Today, I'll do the facing and the hem and the skirt will be finished. It's snug. I read the reviews afterward and several people commented on the fit and how it was hard to sit down in. I can zip it up. I can sit down. If I keep running every morning, it'll fit better soon. I'd definitely sew this pattern again. The style is very flattering. More tomorrow.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - fun and funky pant patterns

Everyone needs to work. Even a lion cannot sleep, expecting a deer to enter his mouth.
- Hitopadesha

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A No Sew Day

My friend Barb is coming tonight and staying for a week. I'm really looking forward to her visit. She's an easy guest both in the studio and around the house and she's interesting to talk to with a variety of life experiences, the kind of person that you're never bored when you're with.

In the studio, Barb works steadily on her own project without any constant need for affirmation or information and she'll observe what I'm doing without asking questions or giving unsolicited in-put - until asked - and then she always has fabulous feedback. I reciprocate. It's a good partnership.

Around the house, she makes herself at home. In fact, sometimes she'll pop up and disappear and you'll find her in the kitchen making dinner or whipping up a dessert. It's all very lovely. Her coming to visit was the perfect push to finally get a few things done that I've been putting off... and off... and off... like... the fridge and the fridge freezer and the chest freezer and the pantry and wiping down the fronts of the cupboards and dumping the crumbs out of the silverware drawer and weeding the front garden. We only have three pots and a postage stamp and yet it takes me forever to get out there and pull those weeds and then - when I do get there - only about ten minutes to get it all done. The pots are doing very well. I water them every other day. The front? Not so well. We don't have control over when and how much watering the garden gets. The strata has an automated system. It's not enough. The plants haven't even lost their pot shape from when I planted them five weeks ago. I've started to "extra" water with a hose.

Unlike the people I live with, Barb has adventurous tastebuds. When I was at the grocery store, picking up all kinds of things for us to enjoy, I also bought this Gluten-Free Pasta book. You can either make pasta from scratch or use suggested GF bought brands. It has a recipe for African Peanut sauce that sounds very interesting. SO...

... even though I got a lot done, it was a no sew day yesterday. This morning, I need to dust and vacuum, make a pot of soup and some granola, and then play until Barb arrives. YES YES ! ! !

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - good friends

Making art has taught me that the tiniest smidgen of progress is something to be savored.
- Julia Cameron

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Glaring Glittering Line

As artists, we must learn to try. We must learn to act affirmatively. We must learn to act as though spring is at hand - because it is. We are the spring that we are waiting for. Wherever creativity is afoot, so is a blossoming. All creative acts are acts of initiative. Art is born, but not without labor on our part.

In order to make art, we must be willing to labor. We must be willing to reach inside and draw forth what we find there. On an inner plane, we are all connected to a larger whole. This is what is meant by inspiration, this connection to something greater than ourselves. But it begins with where we are and what we are. It beings with possibility.
- Finding Water by Julia Cameron  

One of the ways we learn is through repetition. It's the labour of making art, of doing anything for that matter. We learn to do by doing and as we continue to do, we continue to learn. The skirt I'm working on is my third project in a row to include piping and the second to include paint. Other, earlier, projects have also included piping and my skills in that area are growing more confident. With paint, I'm starting to see it as a tool that blends.

This silk dupioni was in the bargain center for $5.00 a meter. It was the right tone of gold but too shiny/pretty for the piping I had in mind so I...

... splattered it with black paint and just that bit of dark toned it right down and helped it to blend in with the painted fabric of the skirt.

With about 1/8" showing, it's an interesting accent instead of a glaring glittering line. Gold is not my typical metallic. I prefer the more muted tones of pewter and antique bronze or copper. But this works. Especially with the black added.

From a distance, the piping shows the lines of the skirt - Burda 8407 - and it's not until you get up close that you see the painted design... which must mean I accomplished my goal of subtle painting.

I had to redo the one front piece because when I ran out of the fabric paint, I'd mixed up half black and half water of a craft paint and tried to work with it except it wouldn't mist properly from the bottle... which turned out to be a good thing... because it dried shiny and obvious. AND...sigh... I had to redo another piece because the painting ended up on the wrong side. I'm not sure how things got flipped around but they did. Thankfully I had enough fabric to redo the sections - the labour of making art as Julia said.

Isn't it amazing how we can conceive an idea, pull together the ingredients, work and play and through initiative and perseverance emerge with the results of what began in our imagination?

Years ago, when I was shifting from traditional patchwork to textile art, I learned that even the ugliest of pieces had the potential to emerge a butterfly with enough time and effort. After that, I had a hard time throwing away even the smallest bit of potential and when I walked through a fabric store, potential was everywhere.  With textile art, thread was often the answer to a dilemma. I could add shading and detail with thread and I collected jars and jars... and jars... of thread which I have thankfully been able to use in fashion sewing. And then, I learned to refashion. And it's additive. To take something too big, too small, too short, too long, too ugly and turn it into something wearable is very VERY fun. And now I can't walk through a second hand store without wanting to bring home all those possibilities. On Saturday...

... I went to the fabric store and came home with three pieces from the 70% off table, none of which I would have purchased before, only now I saw them with the addition of paint. I saw potential. Possibility. Apparently, I'm thinking in paint. This may be a problem - LOL.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - gold spattered with black equals just what I wanted, a willingness to try

An artist is someone who turns his coat inside out and falls in love with the color of the lining.
- Jeanne Tardiveau

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Five Pen Project

Last week, I signed up for an online painting class with Alisa Burke called Graffiti-Chic. It's five lessons about creating messy backgrounds and layering with paint, pens, stencils, stamps, and lettering. I wanted to use some of what I learned in a more subtle way with the skirt I cut out just before leaving for the retreat.

Alisa talks about pump spray paints as opposed to aerosol spray paints. The later is easier to use and the former is less toxic. I bought some four ounce bottles in gold glitter, black, blue, and fuchsia.

Both the blue and the fuchsia showed just after they were sprayed but disappeared into the fabric as they dried. That was disappointing and probably due to not enough contrast however...

... I really liked the black especially with this large paisley stencil. It has enough detail to show with sufficient open spaces for the design to remain clear instead of lost. The stencils with smaller details were not nearly as effective although I think they'll be great on a lighter background.

I auditioned a gold, a silver, and a bronze felt pen to add a dotted line around the stencil. The gold worked best. Unfortunately, one was not enough. This was a five pen project. By the way - they are MUCH less expensive at WalMart than at Michaels. The price of a three pack was only fifty cents more than the individual price.

It was easier to trace the stencil first and paint over it later. I placed the pieces side by side in a low energy attempt to make sure the stencils met well at the seam lines. I didn't measure. I just eyeballed and overlapped somewhat and we'll see what happens. I like serendipity between patterns so I'm okay with however it goes. I'm debating other ways to accent the seam lines.

There's a lot of wasted spray on the stencil so every so often I turned it over and pressed it onto a piece of beige canvas. This will be the start of another project following Alisa's instructions. It's a well done course although I'm going to have to find a less expensive way to accomplish what I wanted. The skirt fabric was $2.00 a meter in the bargain center. The six pens were $12.00 and the spray paint was $24.00 for two bottles and the stencil was $10.00 - although it can be reused.

Katherine took this picture of me wearing her Vogue 8691 with out the peplum... which I've been calling a ruffle... while I was visiting The Art Barn. She didn't recognize the pattern which Marcy says is a really good sign that you've made it your own. The wind was blowing but you get an idea of how it looks on me. It feels great. Love this rayon blend knit. The necklace is a combination souvenier/birthday present from my youngest son and his girlfriend. I asked for money for my birthday since I was just leaving on the trip and said I'd show them what they bought me when I got home.

Today, I'm meeting a friend for coffee and then my cousin for lunch. She's normally over two thousand miles east of me, three provinces over, but she's visiting two and a half hours away and driving to meet me. I'm hoping to convince her to stay the night and leave early enough tomorrow morning for the wedding she came to attend. It's not often that I get to visit with family and we're near in age and personality. It's always fun to get together.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - making it back to Michaels just before they closed in time to get the second spray bottle and have the project hung up to dry overnight

Great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world. No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.
- Edward Hopper

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Miles And Myrna Coat

What is your idea of you? Who is it that you have decided to become? If your greatest work of art is the life you live, and ultimately life is a creative act, what life will you choose to leave behind as your masterpiece?

I'm reading The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life Into a Work of Art by Erwin Raphael McManus. The author encourages each of us to reclaim our creative essence and to celebrate the spiritual process of self discovery. He's talking about the daily processes we go through and how to see them with increased enjoyment and richness. It's so easy to dismiss the repetitive things we do each day, or the things that we are good at doing, as of little importance because they are familiar or easy.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life.

For years, I either lived in the future hoping for something that had not yet appeared or lived in the past regurgitating scenarios that could never be changed. What's past is past and there are no guarantees of what's to come. Life can change in a blink and the only real moment is now. Although it's important to have dreams and goals and things we're aiming toward, since that realization I've attempted to live more in the now.

One thing I can negate is my work. It's the accumulation of forty years of experience and rather than noting its failures, I need to not only celebrate forty years of learning and growing but also celebrate the quality of the work I produce. It was good for me to take the little girl coats to the Design Outside the Lines retreat and get the feedback of the other women. I worried that they might think I was showing off when really what I wanted was to share the kind of work I do. In the end, their words about how my work impacted them supported and encouraged me. I'm glad I took the pieces.

Miles Frode is an artist, poet, and Diane Ericson's son. The Miles and Myrna coat started with a piece of his painted canvas that was delightful to work with. Because of the child-like imagery, I decided to make one of the little girl twirl coats. My goal was to create a cohesive piece that pushed my skills in the area of painted details, collars, and closures which were my focus at this year's retreat.

There was a limited amount of the painted canvas - enough for the center fronts, center back, and the two sleeves. For the side front and side back pieces, I used stamps and pens to create another painted canvas that went with Miles' piece. I wanted not to match it but to compliment it.

I tried five or six different finishes for center front and in the end, it wanted a simple zipper. Because of the busyness and detail of the rest of the piece, the line of the cream zipper bordered by blue bias strips adds a resting space and leads the eye upward toward the face.

For the collar, I challenged myself to use a triangle shaped scrap of the canvas in order to get started and to avoid over-thinking which - LOL – I’m so very good at. I attached the collar four different ways until I was happy with this one and trialed three different edge finishes before deciding it needed finishing as opposed to raw or rolled edges to be cohesive. The bias trim around the collar connects it to the rest of the piece as does the turquoise top-stitching on the unpainted canvas.

I’m really pleased with this piece and it has generated a lot of ideas for Myrna size garments which, I think, is the great benefit of this way of playing.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - more comfort with painting and stamping

Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you'd left open. 

- John Barrymore

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Pressure & The Adventure

If I were to be completely honest, I'd admit that I have been procrastinating the collar, finding other things to do and plenty of excuses to avoid travelling new territory. Isn't it intriguing how we can be fearful of a piece of fabric? Why? It's only fabric.

Because it's not the fabric, it's the new territory, the expectations, the pressure and the adventure of going where we've never gone before only when we finally do get there, it's not so scary and not so unfamiliar. We have seen those elements before.

I narrowed the possibilities by deciding to make the collar from a bias cut scrap left from hemming the coat. As you can see in the first image, the bias edge is longer than the neck edge and the turn of the collar is sufficient. By setting this limitation, I avoided a whole lot of over-thinking and even so, it took four different tries to attach it to the coat in a way that I liked. There's a bit of paint and a line of stitching left to do this morning.

A 20" zipper was too long and an 18" one was too short so I altered the neckline using a French curve making sure that I had the distance of the seam allowance above the zipper stop and merging into the original neckline.

I wanted the collar to stand up and away from the neckline so I used pleats to create a stand of sorts. They are almost 1" long to include the 3/8" seam allowance and a 5/8" stand while shortening the bias edge to the length of the neckline.

And then I added random tucks to give texture to the surface. Initially, I used beige thread but later went over the seams with turquoise thread to match the lower front and back of the coat. I'm really pleased with how the collar has turned out and now... after procrastinating... I'm eager to get on to the next project. I have some ideas for adding stenciling and piping to a skirt pattern but first - tomorrow, the finished coat.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - an end to procrastination

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. 
- Maya Angelou

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Evaluation Is Part Of Learning

Change is hard especially when you want to change - or perhaps evolve is a better word - into another version of yourself as opposed to becoming someone else. Copying is much easier than evolving. You just do what that person did. Change means finding a new way of being yourself, an evolved way.

As I said yesterday, I tried about six different ways to finish center front and didn't like any of them. I wanted something interesting, artistic, different, even exciting. I ended up with a zipper. I keep in mind that at one point in history the zipper was an astonishing invention that totally evolved how clothing and closures functioned.

Limitations are a way to challenge your creativity. Because I only had a small bit of the striped yardage left to finish center front with, some of the ideas I tried had to be recycled so the fabric could be used again. In the end, I pulled the interfacing off a previous idea and then wrapped bias strips of the stripe around center front to mimic the piping. It seemed too easy - too normal - too something I've always done - and yet it fit the developing piece and perhaps that's the point where my style and my desire to evolve will clash for a while.

Neat edges are a constant challenge. When you're making decisions as you go, the best option is not always available anymore. With the bias, I first folded it back on itself to finish the lower edge and then double folded the portion below the zipper end so there'd be no raw edges showing and then I steamed and took a hammer to that portion to lower the bulk. It worked.

When I was auditioning different zipper ideas, I liked this darker beige with silver teeth only it didn't come in the 18" length that I needed so I settled for a light beige plastic zipper. In retrospect, I should have gone with a darker beige plastic because the lighter one looks more white than beige. Evaluation is part of learning. I could change the zipper if it bothered me enough. It doesn't.

To insert the zipper, I pushed the finished edge of center front up against the zipper teeth and used a zipper foot to stitch along the edge and then...

... stitched in the ditch on the opposite side of the bias. On the inside, the two rows of stitching encased the bias strip beneath the zipper and nicely attached the looser edge of the zipper.

The key points to match along the zipper length were the lower edge and the waist. I pinned those to the zipper and then made sure that the remainder fit into the allotted space. At first, it seemed like the two edges were not identical however, after I steamed the zipper and allowed it to cool, the edges are even.

I'm working on the collar. So far, I haven't found the answer I want and I have a feeling my work is going to get slower and more contemplative like this if I want to be more adventurous and to change/evolve. When there are no instructions and you're making and evaluating changes as you go, it takes a while but it is fun and challenging and I like that. As with finishing center front, I've challenged myself to make a collar from a remnant.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - rescheduled appointments

The gift turned inward, unable to be given, becomes a heavy burden, even sometimes a kind of poison. It is as though the flow of life were backed up.
- May Sarton