Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From The Frying Pan To The Fire Perhaps ? ? ?

The top is finished. I threw it in the wash last night to remove the chalk lines, hung it up to dry, and will give it a quick press this morning and wear it on a road trip to Kelowna (two and a half hours) today with my friend Sharon. We're celebrating our birthdays. Mine was early June and her's was this past Saturday. I've decided not to buy birthday gifts for my friends any more. We're at an age where we can get ourselves what we want when we want it so instead, we'll make a memory. I think that's a great idea.





On Saturday, I sewed another pair of The Sewing Workshop's Trio pants, this time in a black and blue print. They turned out fabulously. I'll ask Sharon to take some pictures today - hopefully - for tomorrow's posting.





A friend was telling me that she'd sewn the Origami skirt and that it was fascinating how it came together. I'd already been looking at it on The Sewing Workshop's website so I ordered it along with...





... the Tosca dress. I love the hem and the neck lines but not so much those pockets on the hips and I'm not sure if there's enough shaping or if I'd need to add more through the waist but I'm willing to give it a try. I also ordered...





... the Urban T-shirt & Pants for the pants. I'm very interested in pants with seam details and fuller legs. The jeans I showed the other day were made using a trouser style pattern. I'm far more comfortable in them than in slimmer looks. Speaking of which, I noted that there was not a single comment about the jacket or jeans. If there's something I need to know - like they don't do me any favours - please do me the favour of letting me know. That's what a friend does. AND...





... then... back to speaking of pants, I put Marcy Tilton's new pattern - Vogue 9035 - on my wish list. Both the jacket and the pants have fabulous lines.





Lynn Mizono has come out with another amazing dress. I might like this one better than the one in my header. Look at the hourglass shape it creates even with all that fullness. It's Vogue 1410.





Vogue 1408 by Donna Karan New York has multiple seams and a wonderful play on textures. One of my favourite Marcy dresses - Vogue 8876 - has very similar shaping through the waist and I love wearing it - it makes me feel slim - so I definitely want to give this one a try.





The line drawing of the Vogue 9037 jacket shows some soft shaping, an on shoulder point, and an interesting hemline. The wider collar is flattering to my narrow shoulders and three quarter sleeves are my favourite. This has potential although I'm not sure about the belt. Maybe not.





What a beautiful little girl's coat. It has similar lines to the one I normally work with and lots of potential for future little girl twirl coats and dresses. A good child's pattern can be hard to come by so I definitely want this one.

The three patterns from The Sewing Workshop are on order and should be here shortly. I'll wait on these other ones from Vogue until there's another pattern sale since there's no rush as - LOL - I have lots of patterns already. Last night, I started on Katherine Tilton's Butterick 5881. Instead of fifteen pieces cut single layer, this one has nineteen pieces cut single layer. From frying pan to fire perhaps ? ? ?

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - celebrations

To awaken our sense of wonder - a necessary ingredient in all creativity - we must be willing to be childlike. Christ told us that in order to have faith, we must "become as little children." Since creativity is a matter of faith, becoming childlike can help us in our creative endeavors. We must learn to explore with openness and curiosity. 
- Julia Cameron

10 comments:

  1. I own the Origami skirt, but have not yet made it up. Bought it to go with the Origami Blouse, which has not been in their catalog for years now. I've made the Urban tee shirt -- in a knit, but you can use wovens -- and the pants. I like the pants -- they have a side seam that wraps around to the front, flat front waist and elastic in back. I greatly prefer the Plaza pant and jacket. The side seam-that-runs-down-the-front gets folded into a long tuck, which adds verticality to my short and stumpy legs. I've made at least twelve different iterations of those pants. The jacket is easy easy easy to make, and to wear, and folds absolutely flat for packing. Be aware that with Sewing Workshop patterns, you get a lot of length in the leg. I chop off at least six inches right at the start.

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    1. Thanks for the reviews. I wish there were better pictures on the site because it's hard to see all the details you described with the Plaza pant and I imagine I'm missing details in other patterns as well. It'd be nice to see sewn garments. Do you have any other favourites?

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    2. There's a newish Sewing Workshop blouse pattern that I like. The two views are very different; both are interesting to sew. The Siena and Cortona blouses make up much more beautifully than the pattern illustration would lead you to believe. I'll get off my rumpus and take some photos for you.

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    3. I definitely would love to see those photos and I'll look these other two up. Thanks.

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  2. I think the jeans look good!

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    1. Thank you. I think that style looks quite good on me and I'm comfortable in it. The jacket was an experiment. I'm going to talk more about that in tomorrow's posting.

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  3. get off of my wavelength--I've been considering the Origami skirt as well. The Tosca dress has always scared me. It looks like it could be a bit too frumptastic....

    but a new Marcy AND a new Lynne M pattern? must go check them out!

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    1. LOL - we can compare skirt versions on my next trip to Oregon. Fun. The hip pockets have to go but otherwise that dress could be quite interesting. I'm imagining it in a wrinkled fabric. I may need to add a bit more shaping through the waist but I think it has potential once all the attention is at the neck.

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  4. I made the Tosca dress this summer but left the hem straight as I am quite short. It is a wonderful little dress for me but fussy to wear because of the armholes. I wear a tank underneath. I love your picks and am intrigued by many of Vogue's recent releases too :-) Pattern fasting here though.

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    1. LOL - I keep saying I'm pattern fasting but apparently not. Now I'm saying that my next Vogue order will be my last. Perhaps it would be wiser to commit to only four orders a year with each new release. Something like your 200 day fast. Do you have a picture of the Tosca dress? I'd love to see it... and maybe I have... but can't remember. Let me know.

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