Thursday, November 6, 2014

What's There Is Not What I Want To Wear

In creative recovery, it is far easier to get people to do the extra work of the Morning Pages than it is to get them to do the assigned play of an Artist Date. Play can make a workaholic very nervous. Fun is scary. - Julia Cameron

The quote above is from yesterday in The Artist's Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living. It reminded me that I hadn't been on an artist date in quite a while so I went to the mall, even though I rarely go to the mall, because malls are - for the most part - rather useless and what I discovered is that the mall was - just as I thought - rather useless. After wandering in and out of the stores, I came home thinking how lucky it is that I can sew because what's there is not what I want to wear.

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance. To yield to Resistance deforms our spirit. It stunts us and makes us less than we are and were born to be. If you believe in God (and I do) you must declare Resistance evil, for it prevents us from achieving the life God intended when He endowed each of us with our own unique genius

Steven Pressfield's book - The War of Art - is fabulous for anyone attempting to achieve in any area. Resistance is not limited to art. It shows up everywhere. The idea that we have two lives resonates. I don't know about you but there's a part of me that's always wanting to escape, to live bolder and freer. It's a process letting that inner life out. Aging does seem to help.

On Monday, Shams posted Funkalicious Skirt - Vogue 9060 and it made me think about how once again she was sewing the latest pattern hot of the press and once again I was tucking it into a drawer. So I pulled it out and sewed it.

Marcy calls this design the morning skirt because it can easily be sewn in a morning. True. From cutting out to final stitches, it only took a couple hours although mine is an afternoon skirt - VBG.

I sewed a size medium. Not because that's my size but because I accidentally ordered two copies of the XS-S-M instead of one envelope of each size and the size lines are very distinct and don't run into each other so I didn't need to trace the pattern - something I always do - only it does take longer - especially with such big pieces. This time, I just cut the tissue. I wasn't worried about fit. I just wanted to have fun.

The fabric is a knit with more stretch in one direction than the other which.... come to think of it... I ran up and down instead of around. Oops. Oh well. The fabric is a grey background with a flocked paisley design in charcoal. I started by fusing a 3/4" strip of knit interfacing to the hemlines with the stretch going along the strip - or around the hem.

1/8" was cut off when I clean serged the edge leaving 5/8" for the hem - turned up - and pressed - while the pieces were still separate and flat. This is SO much easier. It's not necessary to serge a knit - it won't ravel - but I do think it makes for a neater hem.

It took three snap tests to find a stitch length and width that wouldn't break when pulled. It would seem that a zigzag this wide would not press down flat but...

... it does and quite easily. I stitched and pressed open all the straight seams and serged, pressed to one side, and top stitched all the curved seams in the body of the skirt.

And I changed the order of construction so that the waistband could be serged on before closing up the circle. For the waistband, I rotary cut a 6" wide strip of the fashion fabric with the greatest amount of stretch going around my waist and then pinned the strip snug and pulled it down over my hips. The tightest length that would still pull over my hips is the one I chose cutting the waistband to that length and serging it to the skirt. It fit in exactly without any stretching or easing - a nice bonus.

With the changed order of construction, the final seam was along the right edge shown in the above picture, from the top of the waistband to the point. If you wanted to sew this pattern from a woven fabric, this would be the way to add a side zipper.

This is a fabulous skirt for a fun, quick project. The shape of the pieces is a little different but there's nothing too difficult about the sewing and it would... I think... be a great beginner project. It's a skirt for all ages and all shapes. Right now - on my shape - it skirt fits great in the waist and is way too snug in the hips. I instead of falling down as Shams was experiencing, mine would be walking up. I plan to turn down the waistband and add an elastic casing when it fits better.

On Tuesday night, I tried on every garment in there and cleaned out my closet. The summer and too tight but I want to keep them clothes were folded and put into storage. The I'm so sick of these and I wouldn't wear them again even if they did fit clothes were tossed or boxed for the thrift shop depending on their state of being. The I can get it on and do it up but really this would be a heck of a lot more flattering if I lost ten to fifteen pounds went to the end of the rack in the ten pound section. That's where I'll hang the skirt and wear it soon because my unlived me is slimmer and she wants out.

BUT.. for now... I'm going to trace the pattern in larger size and make another one. It's THAT fun and a perfect slim down piece.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - morning walks

There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don't, and the secret is this: it's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance. 
- Steven Pressfield


  1. I can't wait to see that skirt on you. Of all the ones I've seen made up and posted, yours appears to drape the best. Let's hope that ten pounds doesn't resist its banishment so you can wear this shortly.

    1. I really Really REALLY hope the ten pounds doesn't resist its banishment since they are so quick to come and slow to go. I like the drape too. I'm just tracing the larger pattern now to make a "this size" one.

  2. I'm just waiting for a chance to make this skirt. Your version looks great. I'm looking forward to seeing you wear it!
    I wonder how it would look if the side insert (the pointy edged side) were done in a different color? What if the seams had a contrasting or coordinating trim sewn in to accentuate the lines? What do you think, Myrna?

    1. Thank you. I think it's a fabulous pattern for playing with different fabrics and embellishments. You could even piece the pieces. Give it a try. See what happens. Send me a picture PLEASE.

  3. It's really cute in that paisley, Myrna!

  4. I love these skirts but im an apple shape and im afraid ill just look like a huge balloon.

    1. Why not try it and see Michelle. You just never know. Make it fun even if it ends up not fitting you. I just sent the paisley one home with my friend because I realized my hips 4" down were not going to be the size of that waistband in ten pounds.


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