Friday, January 23, 2015

Just A Little Better Than Before

Yesterday, I wore my newest - black and white paisley - version of Vogue 9057 all day. It's very comfortable, a great pattern. I'm looking forward to trying the other views. I can see myself embracing this pattern as my new T & T. It's a bit easier to work with than my other favourite in that there's no easing along the side or need for a dart... possibly because the one place I did lose weight was on top.





The neck binding is wider on this version. I like the look. The length is the same as the previous pink pajama version. What do you think of these proportions? I might try an inch shorter and compare. THANK YOU for all the feedback yesterday on skirt and top lengths and proportions. It's wonderful having more eyes to evaluate.





I took out the extra ease I'd added in the hips by moving the edge of the tissue paper over the one inch and then drew the new line with a French curve. This was the raw edge, not the seam line. I stitched 5/8" inside of that without cutting the excess off because I wanted to see...





... if it was truly unnecessary before doing something permanent. Some of it was and some of it wasn't. In the end, I took the extra ease out of the front and left it in the back by pinning the back to the front as shown above - one inch over. This time, I trimmed away the excess to make stitching easier. Bigger in the back is not a new discovery. It's something I've worked with before on skirts and pants - typically by going down a size in the front and up a size in the back and splitting the circumference in a way that works for me.





Remember when I said that I thought the sleeve cap needed just a smidgen more height for me. It truly was a smidgen. Above, the Vogue 9057 pattern is on the top and my T & T sleeve is underneath. The cap is slightly higher on the T & T and there is more shape as you can see by the dotted red lines. The bicep is identical in width. With the...





... underarm seam, the Vogue 9057 sleeve was longer and slimmer. I placed the curve of that seam line over my T & T 3/4 length sleeve pattern and traced more shape into it. It's slight and yet the resulting sleeve is FABULOUS. Just a little better than before. I love being able to fine-tune the fit of my clothing.

I sewed the t-shirt Wednesday evening. It took just over an hour from start to finish and will make a great addition to my wardrobe. It'd take me far longer to try to find an only okay RTW version. I am SO GLAD that I sew. Over the next couple weeks - in-between other projects - I plan to sew a few more basic t-shirts like this and then move on to more adventurous knit tops.





Yesterday morning, I started work on Diane's new Ventana jacket pattern. I've heard great reviews so far. That's good. I bought the pattern after I tried on one of Diane's samples when I was in Oregon in December. It fit well and had potential... and... even so... I'm starting with a muslin because this is a great pattern to play with and I want to know it fits exactly the way I want before I start playing.

Could I have some feedback on how the double picture format is working please? I've been placing pictures side by side so you can compare what I'm talking about in the text below but if they're not showing up on your monitor that way, I'd like to know. Also I have no idea how this looks on other formats like tablets. It just might not be the best choice. Let me know. Thanks.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a week of uninterrupted hours - YES YES

Often the best gift you can give yourself is time alone - some time to ask your questions and listen quietly for answers. 
- Katrina Mayor

26 comments:

  1. I love your sleeve explanation and mods! I read through a reader and on my iPad...I don't see the side by sides. Absolutely lovely fit!!!

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    1. Glad the explanation worked. YES YES - thanks for the iPad feedback.

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  2. The double picture format looks good to me on my laptop. I like your new T.

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  3. I like the side by side photos.

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    1. I think it makes the info clearer. So far it looks like most people can see it the way I intend. I'll wait to hear from more tablet users before deciding.

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  4. Nice new t! You look great wearing it.

    I like the side by side photos as well.

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    1. It's a really comfortable t-shirt. LOL - I "need" more.

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  5. I like your format of having side by side photos, and while I normally read your blog first thing in the morning on my larger desktop computer, I went to also check out how they look on the small iPad I got for my birthday last month and they showed up there side by side as well... that format makes the changes you are showing really easy to see...

    Regarding the proportions of your new tee shirt and pants, I concur that the top might look a tad more pleasing if it was shorter... I have been known to actually either print out a picture of my sewing in progress and draw on the image where I think it should be, or to mess around in Photoshop and try different options digitally before committing to a hemline. I personally aim for the 1/3 to 2/3 or the 2/5 to 3/5 proportions (or bypass the whole thing and wear a dress)

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    1. I'm going to try the top shorter when I get the black knit that I ordered from Marcy. That way I can make one this length and one shorter and photograph them with the same bottom and really compare. I''ve never measured - more eyeballed - the proportions but perhaps I should pull out a measuring tape and see how close I am. That said, I think colour and texture have an impact too.

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  6. I read your blog with an iPad and the side by side photos are fine. And the proportions on your t look good, and a little shorter? Probably yes, too.

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    1. Thanks. I'm intrigued to try the t-shirt slightly shorter. Isn't it interesting how we can be going along thing X is great and then suddenly we discover Y and it's great too, even possibly better. TOO FUN.

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  7. I read on a 10" tablet at home. Side by sides are great! Love them!

    T shirt should be a teeny bit shorter? Or some black chiffon? That's pretty in right now...the second layer being chiffon. It only extends about 2" or so.

    What about shortening it a little more and then stitching a piece of netting or gauzy fabric to hang down from the hem, so it looks like a cami extending past the shirt. Or maybe a wide tatted lace?

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    1. Seems like the side-by-sides are winning. Good. I think that's a great format for including more pictures in context.

      I'm not sure about chiffon but one of the views in that same pattern layers a tank over the t-shirt with opposite angled hemlines. That looks fun and a great way to mix up prints.

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  8. Looks good on my little netbook screen! Love your new t-shirt too. Basics are important in a wardrobe so why shouldn't you make them fit the way you like? You'll certainly know that 20,000 other people won't be wearing the same top!

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    1. Basics are important. I finished another one in turquoise. SO EASY to sew this pattern and I definitely LOVE knowing that 20,000 other people are not wearing what I"m wearing. That terrifying thought can keep me out of the stores for anything other than a black t-shirt.

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  9. I read using Feedly on a PC/desk top, the photos appear one above another. Using same devices if I go to your web page I get side by side which I prefer.

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    1. Perfect. There are options. This is good to know.

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  10. On my small cell phone, the photos show up side by side when I hold the phone sideways, and one below the other when in "portrait" mode. Both are quite acceptable :-) I like it, for what that's worth.

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  11. hi Myrna! side by side looks just great! and - don't be afraid to make your pictures show even bigger if you feel like it. Even if your pictures are taking up most of the computer screen it just means it's easier for us to see what you're trying to show us!

    That tee looks sensational on you! Hooray for fine-tuning, you look spectacular!

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    1. Spectacular. I like that. Thanks.

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  12. I think the proportion on the tee is perfect and it fits well. I definitely would make more of these!

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    1. Thank you. I have - the pink pj version, the paisley, a turquoise, and mostly of a grey so far. It's a win-win pattern. Today, I'm using it as the base for making line drawings and playing with asymmetrical design for my coaching assignment.

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