Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Experimenting

Sharon and I had a wonderful day of shopping in Kelowna. By the time we got back home again, we'd been gone thirteen hours. We were heading out of Kelowna toward home, intending to have dinner in Vernon and then carry on to Kamloops, only there was an accident so we detoured around that only to end up about five kilometers up the road in another long line-up at another accident. Thankfully one of the drivers at the front of the line made a sign and held it up as he turned around and went back to Kelowna - 2 to 3 hour wait. We turned around too, had dinner in West Kelowna, and went home the other way.





I wore the Trio pants with the Katherine top and they were really comfortable. I even got an unsolicitation from one of the sales ladies in a lovely shop called Bellisima. She was gorgeously dressed which made the compliment even more meaningful.





The outfit was an experiment. With it, I tried wearing more ease, wearing a woven top, and going sleeveless. We can get in a rut of always sewing/wearing the same things. It's hard to break out. You have to try on clothes you don't think you'll look good in to see how they actually do look and make you feel.





The short hemline allows us to see that I actually do have a smaller waist under there but the triangle shape of the top accents my own triangle shape. It might be better if the detail of the top were higher up around the neck and I can definitely see a point for sleeves besides covering the arms. They add width to narrow shoulders. I'll...





... try the jacket version of this pattern next time, perhaps with a slimmer pant or skirt. I'm also experimenting with balance between more fitted and less fitted garments and the illusions they create. What you pair together can make you look slimmer or heavier depending and when the width is too similar - like the picture of the jacket with the jeans in Friday's post - it gives the impression of less shape than I really have because it's all relatively the same width like I'm a tube. It's all fun but I do have to be daring and step away from what I know works really well to find some new looks. What new look have you tried lately?

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a fun and safe trip

Our attitudes are formed by our experiences and how we chose to react to them. Therefore as long as we live, we are forming, changing, or reinforcing attitudes. 
- John Maxwell

20 comments:

  1. I think this combo looks great. To me the top reads as an empire waist, with the narrowest point under the bust. This implies a longer leg line and makes you look taller— and the sleeveless top accentuates the effect. Discovering woven tops has been one of the unexpected pleasures of sewing for me— when they fit they can be both flattering and so comfortable, especially in the summer when knit tops feel clingy. Love that you are experimenting with new silhouettes!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. It can be hard to view yourself subjectively. I went back and looked at the picture from your perspective and I can see what you mean. It gave me ideas to work with. I'm enjoying the experimenting. I'm - it seems - ready to move in new directions and this is good.

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  2. Ditto what Kathy said. I think you look great!

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  3. I continue to read your blog regularly and enjoy hearing about your journey. Your thoughts and garments are intriguing! Today I'm thinking about where the details are on your top. The details (points of interest) are at your hips due to the double hemline, which I think you're saying you want to de-emphasize. I've been reading lots and lots about dressing "the portrait", which is from the bust up. I'm beginning to understand that that means having details in that area and plainer areas in other parts of garments. I think that concept can conflict with wanting to have interesting details in art-to-wear outfits, so maybe dressing the portrait doesn't matter to everyone.

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    1. I've read that you can take one of two perspectives - creating illusion to work around your figure or using similar lines to play it up as in embrace it. It's interesting to think about both of us and debate where and when. I'm trying not to pre-judge the experimental pieces and see what happens when I make them and whether there are ways to adjust those lines and make them work better. In this case, the asymmetrical hemline has some advantages and there might be ways to use and also move the garment closer to the body with a little less fullness. I'm thinking that through. If so, that could be more flattering. This isn't my bestest look but it's certainly not my worst either.

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  4. unknown above is Brenda Marks - at least I know who I am!

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  5. There is something different (in the photo) of how the left side (your left side) of the top flares from near your underarm... if the top were a bit closer to your body for a few inches below your underarm, I think it would be more flattering. I really like the top though. I also think a somewhat closer-fitting pant leg will be worth trying.
    As for trying a new look... I made the Tessuti Eva Dress out of a cotton voile the other day. I love it! However, a good friend suggests that I deepen the neckline (and perhaps widen it as well. I am going to try it, an easy thing to change. The look is extremely casual and I haven't tried wearing it to work yet... and very well may not. I am also going to make it out of linen to see if fabric with more body looks better. In the meantime, I am going to wear it when I'm out and about!
    Thanks again and again for always giving me something to think about... and have I mentioned lately that I love that haircut on you!

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    1. The two hemlines are handled differently. Both pleats point in the same direction rather than toward each other. That might explain the differences side to side. I haven't found a closer fitting pant that I'm comfortable in yet but it's something to keep working on. Vogue had a new one that had a fabulous back view with lots of fitting options but pleats in the front. I'd have to get rid of them.

      I'll look up the dress. I think I saw it on a different blog this morning in linen. Your friend's feedback is really interesting. Sometimes just the subtlest of changes can make a tremendous difference.

      THANK YOU for the compliment on the hair style. I really like it too.

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  6. Love the pants – the style together with the fabric looks great on you. Your feelings about the top mirror mine. I made this top a couple of months ago, attracted by the asymmetry ,which is totally not me but thought I would try something different. I never finished it – all it needs is buttonholes and buttons - but I’m totally not feeling the love. That triangle shape is just way too much material around the hips for me especially with that frilly bit on the bottom (and I’m pretty slim) I’ve been thinking of taking that bottom bit off my version but I’m not sure I’m willing to spend more time on it. Thanks for letting us see your version and hear your comments.

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    1. Thank you. The pants are definitely worth exploring. I love both pairs I've sewn.

      With the top - I think you should finish it. In the reviews, there were a few people who had eliminated the peplum. I think you could also eliminate the fold or make it more of a hemmed piece with the peplum attached higher instead of having those three layers of fabric there. Do you know what I mean. It would bring it in closer. Some eliminated the pleating and that again brought it in closer. It's worth taking it forward just to see what you can learn since it does have potential. Love to hear what you think if you do.

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  7. I really like the print on those pants. Very pretty!

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    1. Me too... only I can't remember when I bought it or where. LOL - that tells me I may have been doing a little too much fabric shopping lately.

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  8. well, i love this outfit on you and think you look fantastic! It really works my nerves how everyone's supposed to look like an 'hourglass', it's so boring and nasty - you can only change how you're born so much, after all.

    Plus, to my eye the 'pear' is really the most feminine of figures. You have the delicacy of frame up top, then the va-voom curves below...no way you're looking anything like a guy! I'm in the minority on that one, but i keep hoping opinions may change over time.

    Again, so fun to see you in your clothes! you look great! steph

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    1. Sorry - didn't realize I hadn't responded to this yet. I am happy being a pear and I love the play it up or play it down approach. I think it's more about what feels emotionally comfortable. Thanks for the compliment.

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  9. Hi Myrna,

    Thanks as always for making the effort to share. I love your thoughtfulness and I love your taste! The pants are FAB. In fact the whole outfit is great. I have something of the same triangle, and for myself I would think about lowering the neck and cutting in the shoulders some, with the idea that having more lighter-colored skin showing on top would balance the width of the hips. On the other hand, the top has such nice design integrity that the design may be what people see, and the EXACT fit is less of an issue. Can't wait to see the next version!

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate the compliment. There are certainly plenty of opportunities to play with that top pattern. I wore it again yesterday and it really is quite comfortable. I'd like to make the jacket next before another top.

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