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