All my wall art was signed with my first name. I know that's not common but it's the way I'm most comfortable signing my work because my first name is the one that is truly my own. At least, that's how I feel. I think if I'd gotten married at an older age I wouldn't have changed my name but now it's part of my identity and even so...
In 2012, at Marcy's last retreat, she encouraged each of us to sign our work. This jacket is the first piece I've made where I feel I'm ready to do that. I used a gold felt pen and a scrap of the fabric to make a label and then sewed it to the back facing.
The knot buttons are something new for me. I love the texture and interest they add to the front without a change of color. I wasn't sure how to sew them on but in the end...
... used spray basting to stick interfaced patches under each button and then DMC cotton to sew them on in what Diane calls "small bites". A curved upholstery needle made it a LOT easier. The jacket is closed with snaps.
I wanted to try a three part collar instead of the Peter-pan-ish one included in the design only I ended up with a three part Peter-pan-ish version so I used small tucks and pleats to create more dimension and visual texture.
The original pattern - out of print Vogue 2956 - had three wider pleats each side of center back. I changed that to five smaller ones and like the look much better. It's softer, less chunky.
And the front. The jacket will be best worn closed so I placed the first button further down for a more open neckline. I rarely like something right up to my neck. It feels too prissy, like I have to be really, really good. Plus - LOL - I'll want to wear a necklace of some kind.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - exploring new concepts
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
- Benjamin Disraeli