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

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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


  1. I really like the bias trim against the zipper. It's a lovely finish. I'm adapting a pattern for a dress to include an exposed front zipper and just might borrow this technique.

    1. It does finish the edge nicely. Good luck with your dress.

  2. If that jacket is a child's size, I'm envious of the girl who gets to wear it someday. It will definitely turn into a treasured piece never to be discarded, only loaned out as the child grows, and then saved for a child of her own. If that jacket is adult-sized, I hope you wear it once and then auction it off on this site - I'll start saving my money today!

    1. It's child sized. I have no idea who might wear it some day. LOL - I wish it were adult sized so I could auction it off. That might help pay for the retreat next year. Too funny. I am going to transfer some of the learning to my next project.


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