Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Matchy-Matchy Pajama Set

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Marcy Tilton. Having the opportunity to study with her several times has advanced my creativity significantly which makes me fond of supporting her business and yet not all of her patterns suit my figure type. But some do. And some is enough.





Vogue 9057 is one of Marcy's newest t-shirt patterns. It contains five different options of which View A - above - is a simple basic that could easily become a T & T. The t-shirt is fitted through the torso and has a curved hemline front and back. After reading the reviews, I opted to trace a medium although I added 1" to the hemline for 4" of additional hip ease - which turned out to be unnecessary however...





... as a pajama top, it added a little extra sleeping ease so I left it. The shape of the sleeve cap caused me some concern as did the narrow back and chest. There was negative and yet with the stretch factor, it fits quite well. I may add a teeny tiny bit of height to the sleeve cap just because I think it would ever so slightly improve the fit but that's just futzing.





Here is my matchy-matchy pajama set with the Butterick 5432 pants. I think the last time I had a pj top and pj pants from the same fabric was way back in my childhood. It's matchy-matchy but it's also a good use of the fabric. If you could see the neckband up close, it's covered in visible white. I need to be aware the next time I want to buy a colour printed on white fabric. No matter how fabulous the drape, just say no.





As I mentioned yesterday, The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon is a fabulous read. It's written as an easy reading novel about a businessman with a grumpy, negative outlook on life who is in danger of losing his job and his marriage and about how he ends up riding the bus to work for two weeks and learns from the driver and the other passengers how to turn his life around using the ten rules. If you've read The Wealthy Barber, it'll remind you of that style. They ten rules are stuff we all know and stuff we can benefit from hearing again. Reading them was certainly instrumental in helping me decide to change my routine which...

... went very well on day one. I sewed. I got dressed. I journaled, I walked. And then, instead of writing a blog post which would have been next, I read blogs because it was too close to my coaching time and I didn't want to interrupt one thinking thing for another. After the call, I ran errands, did chores, made dinner, ate, and went to knitting and never did get back to sewing even though the project I was working on was interesting. When I got home from knitting, I wrote this post, watched the news, and went to bed. It was a full and busy day. How it unfolded was confirmation that I'd made the right decision - to sew for an hour first - as was the positive upbeat way I felt yesterday. An hour of sewing was like a happy shot of adrenaline - vitamin-ish.

One of the things the author talks about in The Energy Bus is the thankful walk. Basically, this is taking a walk and being aware of your surroundings and of your body and of your place in the world and being thankful for as much as you can be thankful for - as in I'm thankful I can walk and I'm thankful that I have warm clothing and I'm thankful for a beautiful, new paved walkway, and I'm thankful for the neighbors I meet along the way and I'm thankful for... and on and on it goes. A thankful walk certainly picks up your energy and your mood. I was thankful for an hour of sewing. What are you thankful for?

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - compliments and coaching calls

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. 
- William Arthur Ward

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    1. And quite comfortable. Thank you.

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  2. That's a cute shirt...it's a shame about the white showing through, but makes for fun pj's. :-) Have you tried the deer & doe plaintain pattern? Their patterns are designed around a c-cup and pear shape ideal; I was pleasantly surprised by it...it's a cross between a t-shirt and a tunic, and the smaller sizes of neckline can be used if you prefer a more modest plunge in front. It's free at http://blog-en.deer-and-doe.fr/42-new-pattern-the-plantain-t-shirt/

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    1. And it was a great muslin. Now I know what subtle changes to make and I can go from there. I didn't know that C & Pear information about Deer & Doe. I don't tend to buy independent patterns and after my years with Pattern Master Boutique, I'm taking a break from taping pages together BUT... definitely something to keep in mind. I think just about any pattern can become exactly what you need once you fine tune it to your specifications. I didn't do an FBA on the Marcy t-shirt and it doesn't look stretched like I needed one. Nice bonus.

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    2. I'm not generally one to jump on the indie bandwagon either, or the taping route. But that particular pattern I tried because of their size/shape model, and it doesn't require a ton of taping. Plus the price was unbeatable. ;-) I suggested it not as a replacement for what you're working on, but as a possible addition since you're exploring new wardrobe basics. The slight flare to the pattern would lend itself to expanding to dress length as well. Just something to consider.

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    3. Oh - I'm definitely interested. Just later. I'd like to compare it to a "regular": pattern and see what the designer did for the C and Pear shapes. I really appreciate all the links you share. I end up learning/finding all kinds of new things. Thanks.

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  3. Hi Myrna:
    Commenting day 2 in a row!! It's exam break, so a different, less busy, work routine. I'm hoping to sew for a bit tomorrow before coming to work (fingers crossed there). I'm working on tailored shirts, although I've some beautiful bamboo knit to cut into....I really like that top on you - I think it fits your shoulders/neckline really well and while not super fitted, very attractive on you. Hope you think that as well. I hope day two of your new routine continues to be good.

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    1. TWO DAYS - lucky me. Thanks. Enjoy the less busy routine.

      I've found that the words hope and try don't tend to pan out. They are synonyms for no whereas making a plan to actually do what you want to do and then sticking to the plan has a much higher success ratio. Even ten minutes as I said. That knit sounds gorgeous.

      Thanks - I think the top looks quite good on me too. I'm going to make another one asap.

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  4. This is a test post... Hi, This is Kristin from Oklahoma. Yesterday when you wrote about sewing first thing in the morning I had just done the same thing before coming to work. The dogs had gotten me up and I couldn't go back to sleep. And I knit! And I like Marcy and Katherine Tilton patterns!

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    1. The test worked. YEAH - welcome. Did you enjoy sewing in the morning so much that you'd want to make it a habit? Two days does not a lifestyle make but I've found it quite energizing and it's prompting my memory of why I used to do this all the time.

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  5. Love the colors or this, Myrna. I want to the The Energy Book.

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    1. LOL - fun sleeping... and fun for those early morning coffee chats with friends... like you. I think you'll enjoy the book.

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