Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It's Always Nice To Have Choices

Yesterday was one of those days when it feels like you're going backward instead of forward. I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I would have liked but I did fit in a walk with Ms. Chloe in the sunshine that was quite delightful. The sun sparkled and the sky was blue and the air warm.




In the studio, I finished up the third outfit for Sew Expo. The first is the jeans with paisley t-shirt and the cardigan I showed yesterday. The second is the turquoise print pants with the grey top and turquoise scarf. AND... the third is...





... the McCall's 6515 pants with a black t-shirt, a black cardigan, and a scarf. I have two choices. First I sewed print with pink pair at left and knit the pink scarf to go with and I like the pants but it feels like they are demanding a lot of attention. I think a light colored t-shirt could help to detract from the busyness below. SO, just in case that feels too uncomfortable on the day, I sewed the blue pair - which are not nearly as blue in real life - and knit the blue-green scarf to go with. I may be more comfortable in this outfit but it really does depend on how I wake up that day. It's always nice to have choices.





Both pant fabrics are knit. The print is what I think is called scuba knit. Both it and the blue have lovely drape. The blue is a ribbed knit with a black background. It's the same fabric that I sewed the cardigan from and a pink dress last year. LOVE it. I should have bought a whole lot more.

I've sewn all of the garments for my three outfits except for the black cardigan and t-shirt shown above. I did sew a black t-shirt and when I washed it and hung it up to dry, it dried significantly larger. I have no idea what's up with that but it's currently in the dryer and if it comes out wearable, I will wear it and if it's too big, I won't and if it's too small, definitely not. I have another black t-shirt in the works but doubt if I'll get it finished before I go... but you never know. I have my hour this morning and that may be enough. It's mostly together.

Today is errands, laundry, and packing and tomorrow morning bright and early I'll be off. I need to be at the Seattle airport by mid afternoon to pick up my friend Caroline which shouldn't be a problem unless there are complications along the route. I won't be posting again until I get home. I'll take lots of pictures and get Caroline to take a few of me in my outfits and will "see you" next week. Probably Tuesday.

If you're at Sew Expo and see me wandering around, please say hi. I'd love to connect. Remember that my brain will be paddling a million miles an hour trying to figure out how we know each other so please help me out and clue me in on the connection. Thanks - LOL.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - one more sleep

Every decision leads somewhere... the excitement of the journey is watching what unfolds. 
- Michael R. Krozer

18 comments:

  1. Love the pink...it does draw the eye downward, but could be balanced if there was even a touch of it at the top. Don't know if you're into the flower thing, but a rolled rose brooch in a scrap of the print could be just the thing. You could also wear the scarf hanging or draped lower and add a necklace or pendant to focus more towards your face. Hope you have a great time at the Expo!

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    1. Changing the drape of the scarf is a great idea. Thank you. I also have a "junky" necklace that would look fabulous with either outfit.

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  2. Isn't that always the case? I have a pair of pants that I wish I had bought more of the fabric because they wore so well and now they are too shabby to wear out anywhere except to garden in! The outfits look great; have wonderful time and I look forward to seeing all your pictures.

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    1. Yes... how I wish I knew in advance. I put some samples of fabric in with my shopping list just in case I find something similar. I'll know they feel the same at least.

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  3. I love your scarves. What is the fiber content and are they easy to knit? I haven't knit in years and they seem more doable than a sweater.

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    1. The blue-green one two strands - one is a cotton denim colored and the other is a hand-dyed rayon boucle in shades from green to blue. The pink one is a cotton silk blend. I use a larger needle to make sure it has a lot of drape. I find knitting scarves very therapeutic. I don't need to be on in any way, just start and finish and done.

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  4. Love these outfits; simple, comfortable, and very you.

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    1. Thank you. I feel like the learning of the last few weeks has helped me hone in on what is me. Glad it's showing.

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  5. This is so much fun! I can't wait to hear all about it!!

    Love the new outfits. I agree that the pink pants seem do keep the eye at about mid-body. I think you need something more on your torso to draw the eye up more to your face. Long jewelry over the scarf? In a V shape? Or like the other poster said...an embellishment of some sort on the color. I was thinking about an interesting (large-ish) pin. Something to draw the eye up.

    Like you said, maybe a lighter colored t-shirt would have the same effect. So fun to experiment!

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    1. I'll post asap and try to remember to get lots of images. I'm bad about that. I like the idea of combining the scarf and jewelry. When I pack my suitcase, I'll play in my accessories chest and see what I can come up with. I have two pins that could work. Thanks for that idea. I'll aim toward having a light shirt for wearing them in spring.

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  6. Myrna, I love your outfits! Bold colors, nothing subdued. suits a Type IV if you ask me.
    I wanted to comment on a post you had a few days ago, where you reviewed a few books. I read the second one in the past, about making your comeback. I was inspired by that book. My most recent issue with my physical self image is that, at 54, my hair is thinning noticeably. so I've explored all kinds of options and am currently wearing a hair piece (coverage on the top) when I go anywhere. It really messes with my self-image. Yes I've looked into vitamins (they help a little), hair products (no help and dermatologist says they don't do anything), and the latest I will examine is permanent hair replacement (is this me I'm talking about??). It will be very expensive if I go this route. I feel artificial wearing a hair piece, but look so much better with it on than off. I'm getting no pressure from family to make any changes, this is all coming from me. just thought I'd share. perhaps other readers who are enjoying your journey can relate to this issue. thanks for your blog!

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    1. My manicurist and I had a great discussion about coloring and fashion this morning. So fun to share what interests us with others who get it.

      Hair piece - FABULOUS. Isn't it great that these things are available for us. I don't see that as artificial anymore than I see make-up that way or clothes. It's all about the outward expression of our inner self. Way to go.

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  7. Have a safe and fun trip, Myrna! Wish I could go to Puyallup this year but I opted for an Oregon beach last week instead. No regrets though! It was heavenly.

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    1. The Oregon beach is lovely especially this time of year when it's less busy. Good for you. I'm glad it was a great break.

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  8. Wishing you safe travelling and a wonderful, fun time.

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    1. I'm having a great time - home tomorrow.

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