Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Videos: The Skirt, The Vest, And The Dress

Today, I'm spending the afternoon at my friend Rosemarie's... which is probably a good thing... beyond the knitting, chatting, and friendship... because my painting in the studio is looking more like a hot mess than something useful. I'll post some more pictures later when I have layered images on all the pieces. Today, a break from painting might be a good thing for the learning curve.





Thinking clearly is one of the difficulties with severe chronic pain which makes communication an adventure. Sometimes - many times - Howard and I only appear to be having the same conversation, something I discovered again yesterday when a friend emailed asking me to clarify how the in-home deductions were going to work.

I asked Howard to make sure that I was going to explain it clearly and discovered that when we discussed if my having a business would help with HIS income tax and he said yes, what he meant was it would help with MY income tax years down the road if I was ever earning income because I could carry the deductions forward BUT he can only deduct me fully if I'm not earning an income and he can't deduct any expenses associated with my business even if I'm a dependent. He went on to say that right now, he needed me to make the least amount of money possible. SIGH...

... that's a completely different picture than the one I've been operating under SO... my new plan is to continue enjoying knitting, to design the pieces, to write out the instructions clearly, and to package everything together and put it in a Future Business box for down the road when needed. The start up will be ready. How's that for things changing radically with one question, one clarification. It's frustrating and happens often.






And now - finally - the video. I wore the Origami Skirt and the Faultlines vest yesterday so I propped the camera up on the end table and made a short video of me walking across the room. A model I am not although I'd love to take a class and learn how to walk and turn and twirl and feel more confident. I think it's be fun. I've looked for one but so far haven't found anything recreational as opposed to professional.






AND THEN... since I was already in video mode... I changed into the Lyn Mizono Vogue 1410 dress and took that video too. The weather is getting colder and it's unlikely I'll wear the dress again until next summer although I plan to make a winter version with sleeves. It's a comfortable, and very fun, dress to wear.

Both videos are silent except for the odd self-conscious giggle. I probably would have done better if I'd been talking through it but frankly, it didn't occur to me which really does point out how self conscious I feel because I'm usually quite a talker. Oh well, the more I make, the easier it'll get. Enjoy.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - I've, finally, kept my promise to make the videos

... we are able to find inspiration and creative motivation anywhere we are determined to look for it. We always have the opportunity to move forward.
- Julia Cameron

30 comments:

  1. LOVE seeing the garments in motions. It's a totally different view and very enlightening. I think we sewists sometimes stress too much about wrinkles seen in still photos which we would never see in real life. I like all three garments but the vest is particularly lovely.

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    1. So true. Wrinkle-free is up there with painted on; perhaps not flattering. For me it was a pendulum swing kind of thing - too far this way, too far that way, and now finding a good place in the middle.

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  2. Thank you! If you were to discuss the garments, it might help you be less self conscious?... It was fun seeing the details in motion. Perhaps another time you might stay closer to the camera making it easier to see the details. All three garments are absolutely wonderful!

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    1. Definitely talking would have made it easier. I'll keep details in mind or add another short video with the dress on my mannequin that highlights to details. I'll give it some thought.

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  3. I can see why you enjoy wearing the dress. It moves beautifully and looks great.

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    1. Thank you. I have a feeling I'll really enjoy a winter version too.

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  4. A little movement really adds to the look of these outfits. The Mizono dress is wonderful on you.

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    1. Like the drawn illustration versus the actual sewn garment. Movement makes them real. Thanks - I like the dress on me too.

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  5. Did you paint the gray fabric under the knitting in the top photo? I like the simple white geometric, and it has inspired me to make a throw pillow with a nod to primitive Native American symbols. I'm also inspired by your video of the Lyn Mizono dress. It moves much nicer on you than the pattern cover would indicate, so I've finally added it to my shopping bag at BMV.
    I have a great deal of empathy for you and your husband. I dealt with chronic pain for a number of years, and I can attest that on those days where it just seems to pile on, it is very difficult to think or communicate clearly, as one's brain becomes preoccupied with just keeping it together. I don't normally like to comment on issues people are dealing with, and I don't know the source of your husband's pain, but one thing that helped me get better was a course of massage from a certified massage therapist that understands and uses trigger point therapy. This is much different than physical or occupational therapy, as well as safer and less expensive than chiropractic therapy. Prayers to you both.

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    1. I didn't paint that fabric but I know it's dyed cotton in blues and greens and the triangles are made with gel bleach. I'd love to see your pillow when it's complete.

      YEAH - I think you'll love the dress. It's a two piece pattern that surprisingly has a lot of shape.

      The chronic pain is due to degenerative disks and extensive nerve damage. Massage wasn't helping before and now the pain is a lot worse. I don't think he'd even want someone touching his back. THANKS for your prayers. Much appreciated.

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  6. Myrna i love your videos!!! so pretty and femme in the dress, love that color on you especially. But i think the biggest difference for me is in the Faultlines vest and Origami skirt -wow! Really elegant, the creativity and uniquesness come thru strongly but it does not overpower you at all, just very elegant. Oh, that skirt moves just beautifully! Well done, Brava!

    heehee, from the personal point of view it's great to have vindication as well...i tell people constantly how still pictures don't capture the charm of many garments and you've provided a couple of stunning examples. I'll be sending people here in future to win arguments ;)

    well, better you got that straight with Howard now rather than after you started raking in the dough. And on the bright side you can focus more on the pure artistic side of things without worrying about the market.

    Here's a tip that i like to use when taking photos/videos. I set the camera up on my ironing board, which can be adjusted to various heights. You can also safety pin the strap to the ironing board cover in case it gets jostled. I use a thick book or two to lean the camera against if it's getting wobbly, or use my gorilla tripod. "... the more I make, the easier it'll get." You got it - practice is the main ingredient in success. Thank you for the videos and have fun today with your friend! steph

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    1. Diane suggested that the next time I make the vest, I make it slightly longer in the front especially on the "short" side. I'll try that. It's a great pattern with lots of play options.

      LOL - you're going to be vindicated by making an example of me. Hmm... thanks... I think. How fun.

      Thanks for the tips. I think what you're saying is that the camera should have been slightly higher ? ? ?

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    2. haha, yes i get vindication by *you* looking fantastic!!! i like this vest short worn over the black top, it makes for a lot of interesting detail and texture but the continuity of color pulls it all together so it's not chopping up your torso. I look forward to seeing it a bit longer as well, just great to see the variations.

      re: ironing board as tripod. I think that a bit higher would make it easier to get more of 'you' in the frame (not so much floor at the bottom of the frame). But the other nice part about the ironing board is that, like a tripod, it's easy to move to a height that you like. Experiment with it and see what you like the look of - the height of the camera will affect how your figure comes across.

      I'm so happy you had a positive experience with this - fun for you and fun for us too :)

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    3. LOL - okay... fine... I'll look fantastic for you. I have a tripod so I'll work with that a little higher next time. It was fun making the video and I see how it could be more helpful in "advertising" the benefits of a pattern.

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  7. Love the videos and the movement of the clothes. Have you thought of playing back ground music for you to move to? Carolyn found had more success with her self photos when music was in the mix. Thoroughly enjoy your blog.

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    1. Music could be really helpful. Thanks for the tip and the compliment and for enjoying the blog. I love sharing my learning.

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  8. Fun post. Love the runway shows! The Lynn Mizono looks fabulous on you! Wish I could have seen the Faultlines a bit better, the black was a little hard to see but it looks great!

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    1. Now if I could just get my dance moves down and make them even more fun - really strut my stuff. The dress is fabulous. I really enjoy it. I think the shape could work well for you too. I added a 1" FBA to help the front fall better.

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  9. I love, love, love the dress. I'm not sure I need to add width right at the hips, but I'm not sure I care either. I love it that much. :) Beautiful.

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    1. My hips are my bountiful body part and it works for me. Go ahead and try it. You never know.

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  10. You look lovely in both outfits. I think you have succeeded brilliantly in creating clothes that suit you--and fit you--so well. So much better to see them in motion! You might take a look at the Clothing Engineer's blog. She frequently does videos, and I think you might like her technique.

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    1. Thank you. I do feel like I'm getting closer to what I really enjoy both sewing and wearing wise. This is good. I checked out the blog. GREAT suggestion. That technique plus some music should make it quite a bit better. I'll try it next time.

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  11. Well, now, it is wonderful to see these outfits in motion. And it's true: the perspective is completely different. Bravo for keeping the videos short and to the point: I usually don't click on anything longer than about 90 seconds. Too much commitment! The first outfit looks great and is very flattering, but the Mizono dress is my favorite. Great color and style on you!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the content and the brevity. I know what you mean about clicking on videos. I should try making the first outfit in a more colorful combination. Hmm... I have some more of the fabric I used for the dress in a different colorway. That could be fun.

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  12. I loved your videos. Your version is one of the best dresses that I have seen from that pattern.

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    1. THANK YOU - what a lovely compliment.

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  13. You did great as a runway model! Both outfits are lovely and look great on you:)

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  14. How tiny your waist looks in the dress :)

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    1. OH gosh darling - you are my new best friend forever and I'm going RIGHT NOW to sew another one of those. LOL - in a week maybe.

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