Friday, February 20, 2015

A Palette Cleanser

Wednesday, I cut out the New Look 6273 cardigan in a black ribbed knit and a t-shirt in a charcoal sweater knit. When I woke up yesterday morning, I opted for the familiar - a t-shirt as a palette cleanser. Using my T & T pattern, it takes me an hour to an hour and a half to sew a t-shirt depending on how things are flowing that day. Sometimes, I just want to buy a RTW tee but every time I'm tempted to run to the store, I remind myself that sewing it will take less time than driving there and making the rounds hoping to find what I could sew exactly.





My favourite neckline is a slightly rounded V. When I drafted the pattern, I used the French curve to draw a curve into the point of the V. It's neither round, nor scooped, nor a sharp V and it works really well for me.





Because this is a sweater knit and unlikely to be worn in summer, I chose long sleeves. Mostly I sew three quarter length.





Here's the outfit. I knit the scarf a few weeks ago and love the way it goes with the print. I plan to wear the outfit at SewExpo and will add comfy shoes and earrings. The pants are out of print Vogue 8712, another design by Marcy Tilton, one of my favourite designers.





I sewed view C with the wonderfully angled seams at front and the princess seams at back. These are what I consider architectural details. With the print fabric, you can't see the seams yet they still add structure. I sewed these pants in 2012. The fabric is a knit. It's the only piece I have with gold in it. Luckily, the turquoise was louder.






In her comments yesterday, Neufy said she feels strongly that I am a type 3 so to honor her suggestion, I looked at least a dozen type 3 pages on Pinterest. There were hundreds of pictures with only a few that resonated. I dislike the color of both of these garments above. Black would be better. I liked the V neckline front and back, the architectural details of the weave, the drama of the diagonal, and the smooth softness of the dress and I liked the perfect balance of the biker jacket and the sharp focal point of the asymmetrical zipper.





Color... color... color... and high heels. I - LOVE - HIGH - HEELS. They're something I have never stopped wearing even at my most frumpiest points in life. I love the sophistication and elegance that high heels add - never mind the height. They work great with my hips and I know how to walk in them too ! ! !






I liked the combination of texture away from and smoothness near the face of this hair cut and the clean lines and simplicity of the necklace. You could easily redesign this with a blue/green/silver toned stone on a shiny black background. In fact, I have something rather similar.





The color of the scarf for my outfit is a pure turquoise plus black with some shaded green undertones. Any pure hue plus black equals a shade. The lovely purplish color of the nails is pure purple plus black. The topaz of the necklace is orange plus black. I'd wear the first two but not the last because I look better in cool colors than in warm ones and I wear silver not gold. Warm and gold equals types 1 and 3. Cool and silver equates to types 2 and 4.

Along with the type 3 pages, I also looked at type 1 and 2 pages and my take on them goes like this. Type 1 - I hate cream, peach, and anything that smacks of beige. Type 2 - except for denim, no pastels. Type 3 - absolutely no brown or olive. Type 4 - I love deep full rich color. That's definitely oversimplification because in reality each grouping has a range of colors but it does zero in on where my interests lie.  




I saw a chart yesterday that equated  type 1 to spring, type 2 to summer, type 3 to autumn, and type 4 to winter and having looked at both programs - Dressing Your Truth and Color Me Beautiful - that makes sense to me.  I can relate to the spring, summer, fall, and winter system of Color Me Beautiful better perhaps because I learned it first and have lived with it longer. When I was tested thirty years ago, I was a summer. Above is the summer swatch set. Below is the winter chart swatch set. Both resonate with me. That may be because now they have blended groupings like a deep summer. What do you think?







Categorizing precisely is not as important to me as re-connecting the dots and moving in the right direction. This isn't new information. I've studied it off and on for over thirty years and I've been involved in artistic career most of my adult life.Yes, I'd slipped but... not completely off the map.

I would hate to think that we all fit neatly into one box or category. I'd rather think that our boxes have similar elements and a lot of individuality.  What makes me me and you you is our individual combination of coloring, figure type, fashion personality, and life experience. And this is good. Because if you keep looking you find more pages with even more information on the same subject. LOL - it looks a lot like my stash.

My next coaching session is on Monday. I'm looking forward to talking to Diane about what I've learned. I sent her an email saying how excited I am - that I feel like I've made a shift from trying to be someone creative to being myself creatively and from trying to sew something "sparkly" to sewing what looks and feels like me and will give me authentic sparkle.

I think when we're exploring new paths - such as my return to fashion sewing and wanting to make that as creatively exciting as textile art was - that it's easy to look at other people's paths and see something you really enjoy in their expression and would love to have in your own. Although at first we might see a certain style of garment, combination of textures and colors, or their fashion personality and think that's it, what we really want is the authenticity we sense and it takes a while to figure out that our authenticity might be in a different style with different textures and different colors that can still have that creative expression we crave. At least, that seems to be how it's going for me. There's been a lot of trying this and that up until now.





Ms. Chloe has been napping in my fabrics attempting to find her own best coloring - VBG. The pink of this scarf is similar to the pink of the t-shirt I showed a few days ago only there's a LOT less of it. It's part of the next outfit I'm finishing. LOL - what looks like that pink is on the summer chart and the winter one!

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the quickness and ease of on-line research

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. 
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

23 comments:

  1. I love what you said, "What makes me me and you you is our individual combination of coloring, figure type, fashion personality and life experience." This is so very, very true and the reason why we can't be defined by only 4 types. I embrace my individualism and think you do too! As always thanks for sharing your thoughts! Karen

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    1. I definitely think we need to embrace our individuality otherwise we'd be a bunch of Barbie dolls walking around looking identical. Similarities can be helpful - cookie-cutter not so much.

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  2. Authentic is my new favorite word. I love what you had to say about it.

    Inspiring post, once again!

    You inspired me to take the waistband off all my summer pants, with the idea that I would sew the fronts on 3" lower at cf. Now.....if you could just inspire me to get busy and finish that project before summer gets here! :-)

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    1. Have you defined what authentic means for you? I went through some words at the start of my coaching with Diane and eccentric is another one I feel drawn to - as in not like everyone else.

      The waistband with the top at the waist works great for me. Those jeans are ultra comfortable. I'm wearing a different pair today and it looks like I'll be moving this waistband too. You can mark the exact spot with an elastic around the waist.

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  3. I think we could all find something of ourselves in all the 4 "types", but from what you've shared online, I'd say you were pretty squarely in the 4 camp; like you, however, I think there are so many more factors that make us individuals that the whole typing thing is more a jumping off than a landing spot. Your new pants are so similar to a pair of harem pants in my closet that it made me grin...love those colors. Why not try a teal top to bring them out even more?

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    1. It seems to me that if we couldn't find some of ourselves in the other types, we wouldn't actually be able to function effectively. They might not be our strong point or our favourite but they might also be necessary. YES - a jumping off point. LOL - sounds like I might want to look in your closet.

      I have a wonderful teal that goes with the pant fabric only it's a wool jersey and there isn't enough for anything but a tank top. I've packed a swatch with my shopping list because I want that color for my cruise collection as well. Hopefully I'll find what I want. It's darker (more black) than what I've seen locally.

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  4. I did the free version of the dress your truth a while ago. I didn't feel like I really fit in any of the categories. Oh well! I don't really mind being out of the box. (^:
    You've made this into a very interesting series of posts on what is you and what is not you. I love your meticulous process!

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    1. Out of the box is not such a bad place - for me - as long as I look good out of my box. I want eccentric to also be flattering. I'm glad you've enjoyed the posts. Meticulous isn't a word I've had applied to me very often. Fun.

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  5. I use exactly the same rationale for t-shirt sewing...once I had a TNT pattern, and a stash of jersey knits, whyever would I want to haul myself out to the world of retail in search of t shirts...that won't be adjusted for my absurdly narrow asymetric shoulders? ;-)

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. I sewed another 3/4 sleeve black V neck T this morning and it's perfect. I buy RTW when I'm in the store already and happen across something that works but I try not to go looking for something specific because I'm too picky to find it usually. I tend to find things when I'm snoop shopping.

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    2. Me too! I so prefer the fit of my tnt tee.

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  6. "that I feel like I've made a shift from trying to be someone creative to being myself creatively and from trying to sew something "sparkly" to sewing what looks and feels like me and will give me authentic sparkle"

    Fantastic motto right there! And a wonderful place to be :)

    i agree with ParisGrrl that "Typing" is best as a 'jumping off' spot. Even then, there's going to be people who don't 'fit' or get much out of any particular system...then you have observers who just have different aesthetic preferences, the various preferences (aesthetic, physical, practical) of the person wearing the clothing, etc.Even with systems which are purported to be 'objective', there's no way that every person on earth is going to all be in agreement.

    I say go with what makes you happy! I love reading about all this, very few people are as obsessed as i am with all this so i a simply rapt :)

    re: your previous post. I say why does there have to be a reason besides it makes you happy? I started my own most recent (several years now) wardrobe revamp when i recognized i was not THAT far off from having an excellent wardrobe and i was something i always dreamed about as a girl....i've not been able to achieve many other dreams, it struck me that it was a good idea to pursue the one i could just on principle.

    Never regretted it, quite the contrary! Enjoy, steph

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    1. It is wonderful. I hope it sticks. If not, please let me know to get back to the path.

      Is not needing a reason referring to coaching and journal writing? I don't know if I'd call that "happy" but it certainly is grounding and settling and that makes the rest of life much happier.

      I absolute LOVE that you're working toward an excellent wardrobe as a major goal. I especially love when I get to share the process (hint, hint, blog post) since I'm a little goo goo about the subject myself.

      If everyone could be so tightly categorized, I think I'd find that boring. Fine tuning the details and personalizing the process - and thinking this works and then finding out it doesn't but what about this - is all part of the fun. I don't want to nail this so tightly that I'm bored. I remember watching a gentleman bowl years ago and in the three hours we were at the lane, he never rolled anything but a strike. To me, it was time to find a new hobby, he'd mastered that one.

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    2. hi! "Is not needing a reason referring to coaching and journal writing?" yep! from your last post: "Twice in the past week, I've been asked where "all this" is going in reference to creativity coaching and to journal writing."

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    3. Happy is good and if it's encouraging someone else to learn more about themselves as well, this is good too.

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  7. I am honoured that you went to all that trouble looking through Pinterest boards to honor my request! Love your new shirt and harem pants. Love love the colors in those pants! I dislike the color of the Moto jacket too and the shape of the dress.

    One of the last posters noted your meticulous methods and I too admire that. I don't often follow that approach.

    I feel you have made some breakthroughs this last week. You are not trying to be creative, You ARE creative! And it showing.

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    1. THANK YOU - what a lovely compliment. Hopefully we'll meet on the day I'm wearing the pants and you can see them in person. I have a feeling that if I'd met you over the 70% off table that we'd have been fighting (VBG) over the bolt. It's a bottom fabric for me but would have made a fabulous jacket.

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    2. Speaking for myself and the rest of the readership here: WE WANT PICS!!! :)

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    3. LOL - Millicent pictures next week and Sew Expo ones asap.

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  8. If you want to see a blog post I have written look here! You too will know who to watch for.

    http://curvysewingcollective.com/curvy-review-seamster-rose-hip-tights/?loggedout=true

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    1. THANKS. Now... remember that you might need to clue me in especially if I'm standing in front of an exquisite fabric with my eyes rolled back in delight. LOVE the tights. Our 3/4 differences show in those pictures. I would love to be that playful in front of a camera. Doesn't happen very often.

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  9. Enjoy the Expo. I have been seeing that rounded v neck on a lot of high end tee shirts. My next one will have that neckline! It's easier than a V neck and it's just as flattering.

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    1. Thanks. I will. I'm really looking forward to the event and to spending time with my friend. Only three more sleeps and I'm off.

      I read Staging Your Comeback on the weekend. It's written for women over 45 and the author talks about how to tone down your drama for my type. Rounded the V is one way. It's still the flattering V but not so sharp. AND it's definitely easier to sew. Bonus.

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