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