Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's Subtle

There was more house than energy yesterday. That's what happens when you haven't cleaned in a while and you need to do the deep clean - wipe off cupboards, clean doors and baseboards, wash the railing and the floors. By mid afternoon, I was a hungry lump on the couch and lunch didn't do enough to revive me so I finished what I could finish after dinner which means that while I have a couple errands to do this morning, the rest of the day is free. YES YES !

In fact, I have three days to sew... and three projects. First up is finishing the first challenge project. The back section is together. The last time I worked on it, I "threaded" the middle bottom panel with evenly placed lines of zigzag stitching.

It's subtle and adds visual texture - something more than relentless brown but not so much something that your eyes are doing the wiggly dance. The back is completely together. The front is significantly finished. There are no sleeves. This sounds doable.

While I'm working, I'll be thinking about my asymmetrical assignment from Diane. When I told her that asymmetric was my next challenge with Sheri, she assigned making a collage of asymmetrical design and creating "paper doll" mock-ups of asymmetrical designs. Even before the assignment, I had downloaded this image of the Blossom Smocked Cowl - $48.00 - from Anthropologie. LOVE it. If you have images of asymmetrical garments you like, I'd love to see them AND...


... I'm also interested in garments that morph shape like Lynn Mizono's Vogue 1410 which can be worn longer or buttoned into a shorter shape. I think garments like this could be useful for a travel wardrobe, creating new silhouettes from existing garments and extending the possibilities.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a clean house

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. 
- George Bernard Shaw


  1. Some pics I liked:

    and one you may already have:

  2. I like the energy of asymmetry, although I suspect most of my garments are actually fairly symmetrical. I'll have to think about adding more asymmetry into my wardrobe.

    In any case, I posted pictures of folk costumes from when I visited Ethnographic museums in Krakow and Prague. Most folk costumes are symmetrical, but one of the Czech jackets has an interesting asymmetrical lapel. I know you don't tend to wear jackets, but you might find some inspiration in the design lines. The blog post is here: (scroll down to see a cream jacket toward the end of the post).

    1. LOL - me too. I have some asymmetrical garments and I really like them. Perhaps they are more accent garments than basics.

      The collar on that jacket is really interesting. I was trying to figure out how it closed. I also like the seaming on the sleeve. Thanks for the link.

  3. Yippee for sewing time! I've been enjoying making asymmetrical jackets and a vest. If you want to make a moto jacket with zippers, I've made Kwik Sew's 3764 twice. I like the look of it on the pattern better than myself. Ha, ha! I made a vest from Butterick's 5958 view C, no sleeves And now I'm halfway done with a jacket/blazer of view D. I'd like to make Katherine Tilton's B5944 if I'm not sick of jackets by then.

    Good to see you blogging again!

    1. I either have that Kwik Sew pattern or one very much like it. I bought a denim fabric with a floral border print a while ago that I think would make a fabulous short jacket like that. I also have the B5958. I bet when I look through my pattern files that I have far more asymmetrical patterns than I expect. Is Katherine's number correct? I came up with a doll pattern on that one.

  4. Sorry about the number. It's 5994 for Katherine's jacket pattern. I forgot to mention B5958 has curves as I am not curvy and it gives me some.

    1. Thanks for the correction. I have that pattern too.


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