Tuesday, September 2, 2014

One of Pink, Two of Blue, Three of Black

When I decided to go back to Ashland, I mentally wrote a lengthy list of garments to sew before leaving. Obviously, it was too long. I'll be lucky if I get three pieces finished although one is done and one is close to being finished so you never know.





Yesterday, I worked on the Faultlines vest. In the muslin posting, I mentioned that the fabric didn't flap from the bust as much on me as it did on Millicent BUT... it still flapped. Above, I've pinned a dart from the armhole to the bust point on the left side.





Using chalk, I marked the position of the pins on the wrong side, and then drew and stitched the dart. This eliminated the flap and pulled the fabric in around the armhole on the one side. I have a different plan for the other side.





At the start, my goal was to combine four items - the light-weight striped fabric as binding, the two black knits, and the crystal zipper. I'm making progress only I noticed - when I went to get the link to the muslin posting - that this version is overlapped more than the muslin was. It's creating a "challenge" along the front left hemline which looks a bit too short at this point AND...





... the crystal zipper puts a lot of attention on the right side of the garment that needs to be balanced somehow on the other side. I'm using the same bias trim around the armholes and I think widening it on the left side may do the trick. I want to wear the vest with...





... my second version of  the Origami Skirt. I sewed this one from some menswear suiting I bought in the bargain center in the spring for $2.50 a meter. It's fabulous fabric that contains some percentage of wool. It presses like a dream.





The original pattern has a zipper and a fitted waist. I eliminated both of those and used an elastic waist. In the back, the stripes didn't match up as well as I would have liked and I wanted a bit more room at the hip and the waist so I cut both edges along one of the stripes and then added a 3" wide strip between with the stripes going in the opposite direction. It gives...





... more interest to the back which would have otherwise been quite plain. It strikes me that the Orgami Skirt - like the Lyn Mizono's Vogue 1410 dress - could benefit from being shown in a video. I'm hoping to make those on the weekend and get them posted before I leave.





I was so proud of myself last week Thursday. I went to Vernon to have lunch with my friend and then stopped for coffee with another friend and then came home without visiting the yarn store, the fabric store, or the thrift shop. I didn't need to because another friend was in Salmon Arm picking up a meter of the pink fabric for me from the Fabricland there. Only she didn't go on Thursday. She phoned on Friday morning from the store, caught me just as I got back from journal writing, and said it is here, it's on buy 1, get 2 free, and they have pink, blue, green, and black. BLACK ? ? ? ? ?

Sigh... black is what did me in. It's one of my favourite colors. I didn't know the fabric came in black and now that I've sewn the pink, I know how wonderful it is and - of course - I wanted the black so I had her pick up one meter of pink, two of blue, and three of black. So much for being good. At least it was on sale.

Unfortunately, as wonderful as it is, the black is not the type of black knit I need for the other garment I'd like to sew before my trip - a t-shirt to go with the vest and the skirt - one that staggers the seasons and is lighter-weight with three-quarter or elbow length sleeves. I don't think I have a fabric like that in stash which may very well be the deciding factor as I have been buying WAY too much fabric lately and the stash closet is stuffed.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - warm pumpkin pie and whipping cream

We do not need to pray for our good; we need only to notice it, accept it and affirm it.
- Julia Cameron

12 comments:

  1. The bit of the fault lines vest pictured looks very cool. Can't wait to see the whole thing!

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    1. LOL - me too. It's mid afternoon and I have a bit of time to work on it now but I'm not sure it'll be finished for tomorrow. The day after if not.

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  2. This is coming along beautifully, Myrna. Lovin' it. Like your idea of how to balance the other side.

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    1. Thanks. I think the binding will work but I'm also thinking of lengthening that side slightly and there may be a way to create balance with that as well.

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  3. ooooh, this is looking super tasty Myrna! i think it will be truly outstanding with the origami skirt, very elegant and endlessly useful outfit!

    i'm taking notes. Happy Sewing! steph

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    1. LOL - tasty clothing. How fun. With a black t-shirt, it'll be a textural outfit. I like that idea.

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  4. p.s. and look at your great photos!! The black is nice and dark whilst showing the details very clearly. Don't know if you're 'focusing' on trying to improve your camera skills, but it seems just taking some on a regular basis improvements accumulate bit by bit :)

    And the last post was a treat as well - i'm a fan of Beatrice Ost as well, you had so many pictures of her i hadn't seen before. Thank you! steph

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    1. Total fluke - a black garment against a white door did exactly what you told me to do without trying too hard.

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  5. I love the crystal zipper. Can't wait to see what you balance I with.

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    1. It. Can't wait to see what you balance it with. Tablet spelling sucks.

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  6. Very interesting work so far Myrna. I'm looking forward to the final reveal.

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