... I'm sewing for Millicent who is currently dialed down to a size between where I am now and where I'd like to be- forty-six pounds away. It's safe to assume that I'll need clothes in different sizes on the way down and - right now - I'd rather not have more clothes in this size. It's not fun sewing. Forty-six pounds sounds like a HUGE amount of weight especially for someone like myself who has put on fifteen pounds since August and has a history of an inability to lose weight. I'm done with that, more than ready for change. I am either certifiably crazy or completely committed. Let's go with committed.
PLUS... there's something really freeing and very creative about sewing a size other than your own. This is not such a bad thing. I fell asleep last night dreaming of seam samples probably because yesterday I went looking for inspirational images for the challenge I'm doing with my friend Sheri and found the Marta Alpaca Tunic Dress - $199.00 - above at Peruvian Connection.
It reminded me of one of my favourite patterns - Katherine Tilton's Vogue 8691. This is my most sewn pattern and I have it in all sorts of variations including lengthened into a dress. The PC tunic gives me some more ideas... not for the challenge... for a different dress. I love how we can be exploring one thing and find the answer to another.
The base pattern that I'm using for the challenge is Vogue 1408. What I particularly love about it is the fitted bodice, slim waist, and flared skirt and the multiple seam lines that provide play room. My on-line exploration was about ways to highlight the seams. The stitched patch on the Whipstitched Cashmere Pullover - $198.00 - from Anthropologie is an interesting option and...
... I liked the way the seams on the Zipped Ponte Pencil Skirt - $118.00 - also from Anthropoligie - stand out. It looks as if binding has been placed over the seams to create the raised, thicker look. It's not top stitching because the seam allowance are much narrower than this band and the look is raised. I don't see raw edges but that's one option - cut narrow strips, center them over the seam, and adhere in some way. The zippered front made me think about ways to close my dress as did...
... this detail of the Cassia Scoop Neck top - $68.00 - Anthopologie. With this challenge, we are only using one fabric so I'd need to come up with a way to define the edge without using lace but I love Love LOVE those little buttons and the pleat and then again...
... there are completely different possibilities tickling my creativity with the back of the Cutwork Tee - $48.00 - Anthropolgie. I like the gracefulness of the lines and the way the binding creates an added detail.
Above is the technical drawing of the pattern I'm using. With all those seams at the back there would be ways to create a similar but not identical kind of openness to the Cutwork Tee... or... LOL... to the buttoned look.
This detail from the Anthropolgie Lace Ways Pullover - $98.00 - had my mind bubbling. I might be able to create texture with a double needle and/or thread. After my search, I have plenty of ideas and today, I want to experiment with texture and different seaming and applique possibilities.
The fabric is a fabulous quality ponte knit that I picked up ten meters of in the bargain center for $2.00 a meter. GREAT buy and lots of fabric to explore with. I'll be showing bits and pieces of my work but not the final reveal until Sheri and I are both done.... since she reads my blog... and loves surprises... and that's good.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - that along with creativity coaching, Diane is willing to help me with my healthy living goals. I'm grateful to have accountability along the journey.
The pro stands at one remove from her instrument - meaning her person, her body, her voice, her talent; the physical, mental, emotional, and psychological being she uses in her work. She does not identify with this instrument. It is simply what God gave her, what she has to work with.
- Steven Pressfield, The War of Art