Thursday, September 4, 2014

Slippery, Snappy And Stretchy

The vest didn't get finished yesterday so I've been busily pinning and stitching this morning and it's done - or at least done enough to show some pictures. I still want to neaten a few things. It turned out well from a design point of view. From a technical one, there's a lot I'd change next time. All three of these fabrics were difficult to work with. They're slippery, snappy and stretchy.





The binding around the right armhole (left side of the picture) is 1/4" wide and the binding around the left armhole is 5/8" wide. Because it's a wider strip next to a large dark area, it helps to balance the interest on the opposite side of the garment both in the front and in the back.





I'm not sure I'd work with the crystal zipper again. It has large plastic teeth with the crystals inset and is rough to move up and down. I have to remember not to pull it up too high or I have a bear of a time getting it back down again. I plan to add a zipper stop.





The line of piping between the two black knit fabrics and the overlap of the ribbed knit onto the textured one gives simple interest to the back.





I like the way the back looks although I would be temped to make the angle of the hemlines more dramatic next time. I'll definitely sew  this pattern again. I learned too much that needs to be tried out next time to not sew it again.





This armhole needs a good press and of course, it hangs much better on me than on Millicent. I overlapped the two sides and stitched in the ditch beside the binding and through all layers to hold the two together - on both sides. The front armhole needed to be scooped more to compensate for the fabric taken up in the dart.

I'm imaging a version with raw or serged edges and using - perhaps - some painted fabric where I could paint on rather than sew in the visual details. There's a lot of bulk in this garment that I'll want to find a way to eliminate in the future. Worn over a longer black t-shirt with the Origami skirt, some black tights, and heels, I think it'll make a great outfit with texture over texture.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - finished sewing with not fun fabric

But here's the unifying theme between those who find their unique talent at an early age and those for whom that talent takes a lifetime to develop; greatness never emerges outside of hard work. 
- Erwin Raphael McManus

8 comments:

  1. hmm posting is giving errors tonight...so here's try 2: Is it just me, or does the top of the zipper/end of the piping cry out for a button and maybe a fabric loop? Love how the piping ties the top and skirt together.

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    1. It looks much better when the zipper is up a little higher but until I add the stop, I don't want to pull it up and get it stuck.

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  2. I love it! At first glance I thought the armhole binding on the right side of the photo wasn't complete, because it stood out as being much wider, or maybe the vest was hanging funny on that side. But after reading your explanation, I get that you did that by choice. The mix of fabrics & the crystal zipper are so perfect.

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    1. Yes - the bindings are different on purpose. Hopefully, when I make the video you can see how it works. I like the mix too.

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  3. Well, Myrna, to my eye this vest looks rockin'!!! I can't wait to see this, either: "Worn over a longer black t-shirt with the Origami skirt, some black tights, and heels, I think it'll make a great outfit with texture over texture." Should be gorgeous, sophisticated, easy to wear and all Myrna all the time!

    It's been so interesting watching you go thru your 'style journey' (kinda corny phrase but it does the trick). When a person's style is highly individual and very artistic, with some very unusual elements it takes quite a while to get the balance just so. It's so easy to where someone else's true style and have it look costumey - you need to balance out color, proportion, line, texture, details, style references.....and you are going to be wearing entire outfits, not just a pair of pants or a vest. (ha, unless you're at Burning Man!).

    What strikes me most about this vest is that it's fantastic as a stand alone piece, while at the same time i can think of so many different outfits to create with it. You could wear it with wide-legged floral lantern pants and clogs, with a denim skirt, it might even work over one of your 'Myrna' dresses (Katherine Tilton's princess-lined tunic for Vogue). I love that type of versatility!

    Very excited to get your feedback on how this piece works in your closet. Have a great day! steph

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    1. I'm aiming to get a picture of "this" on the weekend and post it early next week. Glad you think it looks like me. I know exactly what you mean about style journey - the one I'm on - because while you're trying to get a handle on it, it's also shifting. On me, I think the vest or cropped jacket look will work best when it is the same color or value as the garment it's worn over. There would be less of a line and more blending and then - of course - the jewelry can stand out.

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  4. Boy, you're fueling my craving to make this vest! I love it in this neutral with splashes of details! I think you are going to love wearing this. Great!

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    1. Thanks Gayle. I do think it could be quite versatile. I make work on some material for another one at the painting class.

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