Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Finished Jeans

Yesterday's walk was wet and drippy. By the time we got back home, water was running down my scalp and penetrating through my coat and clothes to the skin. It was NOT at all the pleasant experience of the day before especially as I couldn't see clearly through my rain spotted glasses. Apparently, I need a hat with a brim for dog walking in inclement weather.





Ta da... I have... FINISHED jeans. It took longer than I expected to "fit" the side seams yesterday. I sewed them tight but not uncomfortably - and I hope not unflatteringly - so and by the time I was done typing this post, they were already relaxed and comfy. The pictures were taken before.





When I placed the pockets, I matched to the wrong mark so they angle differently than they were meant to and gape. To help, I stitched the opening closed 2 1/4" from each end leaving enough of an opening for my hand. They are deep pockets. I've never used these pattern pieces before and I don't particularly like them. I'll sew patch pockets on the next pair.





This is the center back seam. My back waist is quite small. I took the seam in 7/8" or 1 3/4" in total. The side seams were also taken in from 5/8" to 7/8" as I stitched from the hip to the waist. Although I'm heavier than I was, I'm still proportionally the same. I always find that interesting. No matter how my weight fluctuates, my body shape is my body shape.





I was playing with levels for the camera on the book shelves opposite. The shot above was taken from lower down and the one below from higher up. The flash aside, it seems more flattering to me. I'll look forward to hearing Steph's feedback.





These three pictures illustrate how the camera angle and model pose can radically change our impression of the model and the garment. All three were taken back to back. The one above is fairly flattering and this one....





...absolutely is not. Isn't that interesting? Once again, I would really love to take an amateur modeling class just to learn how to move and pose better. It's all in the details... speaking of which... today... I must Must MUST clean house. It'll be first thing after journal writing since I can see dust from across the room. Someone is going to be writing in it soon. After that, a new project.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - new jeans

Striped of the convenient distraction of stress over money - how we don't have enough, didn't have enough, one day might not have enough - we are complete. Sometimes vulnerable, sometimes unsure, sometimes elated, sometimes bored, inspired, confused, excited - this is the human experience - but always ourselves. And it is enough. 
- Julia Camera from the conclusion of The Prosperous Heart

13 comments:

  1. Love the jeans - no matter the angle - and the posing is sooooo true. There are all kinds of rules floating about depending on the body part you don't like. After a certain age, chin up! The 3/4 pose is good because you are at your narrowest that way. It's really interesting.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, we definitely need to chin-up BUT... we're also freer to go crazy. And this is good.

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  2. Great looking jeans! Yes to learning how to pose for pictures. The pose makes a huge difference in how much I like my own pictures. For walking in the rain - a baseball hat. The brim keeps your face and glasses dry. If the rain is very heavy, you can pull your hood over it to keep your neck completely dry, too.

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    1. Thanks. I like the jeans. That trouser style is much more flattering on me than anything I can buy. I'll make another pair soon. Thanks for the walking tips.

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  3. These jeans look great and are very flattering! Wear them with pride and confidence. I have got to spend some major time cleaning house this week.

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    1. Thank you. I will. Just finished cleaning. It too FOREVER but now I'm done and it's studio time. YES YES.

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  4. I would suggest not putting your hands in your pockets! This really pulls the pants across which is probably giving you the horizontal pulling.
    Other than that I think they look great. I have found that fabric with lycra reallydoes need to be sewn tight since they seem to grow very quickly.

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    1. LOL - I was showing how pose changes everything. This denim doesn't have any lycra but I agree, when it does you have to go down at least a size if not more.

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  5. A "yes" to the jeans and make some more soon while you remember how to do them just as you like: they won't go to waste will they?

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    1. Thaniks. I've made this pattern several times before. It's a really good one and I'll definitely make it again.

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  6. They look good on you, Myrna! Having a pant pattern that works on us is like gold! I use my three tried and true patterns over and over.

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    1. Thanks. I've done this pattern a few times and it is gold as you say. I'll be avoiding those slant pockets from now on though. I'd be interested in which three pant patterns you use over and over.

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  7. Myrna! The pants are great, the fit is spot on, and the pictures are very good. I always get more compliments about denim pants I've made in non-jean styles! I like the angle of the camera in these photos. What if, next time, you stand closer to the camera? It seems that you could stand near the end of the sofa closest to the camera and still get a full-length shot. Perhaps it's worth a try?

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.