Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Recognize That Design

I'm finding it hard to believe that we're in the second half of August already. It probably makes me sound older than old but the seasons seem to flip by so fast now or maybe it's that they're delayed. Summer seems to arrive and leave later than it used to and we're back on our fall schedule before the weather says fall. The dates on the calendar don't coincide with the temperatures.





I spent some time yesterday morning working on the Lyn Mizono - Vogue 1410 - dress and it's coming along well. I'm not having any issues with the knit. It's working wonderfully. The neck and armholes are finished and this morning, I'll work on the side seams. From the sample, I know that I can ease the bust dart in as opposed to stitching it. This is good.





There was a discussion on one of my chat groups recently about stay-stitching, is it important, and how is it done. YES - it is important. On a knit, I use 3/8" strips of fusible interfacing cut without stretch. After using the pattern piece as a template to make sure that the fabric is sitting on the pressing surface without distortion, I fuse the strips around the neck and armholes and across the back shoulder seam.





The interfacing holds the edges stable. When I pin the binding in place, I don't need to stretch it because I'm not trying to bring the neckline in; it's already the size I want it to be. Instead, I just pin and stitch the binding smoothly in place and then turn it over to the wrong side and stitch to hold it in place.





When I'm in Ashland in September, I am taking a creativity coaching session with Diane Ericson. To prep, she sent me a list of questions to answer before we get together so I've been looking through my inspiration files for illustrations of the kind of work I'm interested in doing. I love visual and tactile texture like in these pictures from Anthropologie. They're old so the garments are not likely to be available anymore. All three are "simple" t-shirts. The one above is Climbing Cowlneck - $58.00. Aren't the tucks fabulous?





This one is called Odds And Ends - $98.00. I always imagine that I can make something like this from my scraps but it never seems I have exactly - and enough of - what I need although mixing prints is fun too. For a monochromatic piece, I might need to buy "scraps" HOWEVER...





... once I have the collection, the new Vogue pattern - 1408 - would be perfect for figuring this out. It has enough seams and lines to have a lot of fun with.





With the Flutter Flutter t-shirt above - $98.00 - it suddenly hit me that I recognize that design. In fact, I have the pattern. It's...





... Vogue 8856 which was just put on clearance. How strange to never have connected those two before. Now I want to sew the top more than ever. I think it's gorgeous and graceful and elegant and interesting all at the same time.

This morning I'll sew for me and this afternoon will be very fun. My friend Rosemarie's son - twenty-six - asked her to make a banner of the logo of an on-line game he enjoys only that's not really something she knows how to do so the two of them are coming over and I'll show them both how to use fusible web, build the design, and stitch it to the background. Fun. I love to encourage creativity.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a coaching session

Within you is a limitless, unborn potential of creativity and substance... (T)he tragedy can become a blessing, the disadvantage can become an advantage, the failure can become an opportunity and the disappointment can become God's appointment. 

- Eric Butterworth

10 comments:

  1. The Odds n Ends version seems so much more playful and fun to wear than the V1408 as photographed in stark black, so thanks for showing it. I shy away from anything fitted at the waist, but I bet this would be heavenly comfortable in the right fabric.
    As for the V8856 - it's so you! Great looking top. You must make it! Might work for me too in the non-gathered version - I like the seaming details.
    The Mizono dress is looking good -- looking forward to seeing the finished dress and its various lengths. Thanks for the mini-lesson on stay-stitching/interfacing. It's so satisfying to do things well, isn't it?

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    1. You're welcome. I think in a knit with the exposed seams and variations on shade, V1408 would be heavenly comfortable as you say. Are you going to try it?

      I've loved that V8856 top for a while. I definitely should get around to sewing it.

      I'm finished the dress. It turned out great. I'll post it on Millicent tomorrow and then get some pictures on me on the weekend. You're welcome for the mini lesson.

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    2. No, won't be trying it anytime soon; hopefully at some point I'll be ready for the more complex patterns. Right now I'm focused on mastering basic pattern fitting and adjustments because otherwise it's just too frustrating. All in good time. :)

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    3. What's wonderful about a pattern like that is that there are many seams to adjust so it's actually easier to fit than a pattern with less pieces.

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  2. Hi - Based on a couple of your pictures, you may like http://www.alabamachanin.com/. : ) She has three books out with some her patterns (which are all based on negative ease). - Brenda

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    1. Thanks. I do like her work. VERY labour intensive. I have two of her books.

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  3. Such an exciing project.Really looking forward to seeing your results.

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    1. Tomorrow on Millicent; next week on me. I can see sewing this one again. I really like it.

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  4. I also love that last pattern, and I'll be interested to see your version. The knit tip is awesome-thanks for the info on interfacing.

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    1. You're welcome for the tip. I'll be interested in my version of the last pattern as well since it's been taking me so long to get to it.

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