Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sewing Is The Thing That I Want To Do First Thing

This is my fourth week of sewing for an hour first thing in the morning. While I know an hour is not possible for everyone, I want to really Really REALLY encourage you to spend even ten minutes, first thing before anything else, doing something you love. It provides such a calm, peaceful, nurturing way to begin the day that I can't imagine how I functioned before.

This hour has become time I can't live without even though I'm still fine tuning how it works. There are some things I've already learned NOT to do - like go anywhere near the computer. I forgot to proof the next day's posting one night before going to bed so I thought I'd do it first thing so it could still auto post at the regular time and then I'd sew for an hour. That technical interlude zapped up all the positive energy from those morning minutes. I won't be doing that again.





The hour is also not for mending or altering. The day after I cleaned out my closet, I spent the time taking apart garments and doing some minor alterations and while the job(s) got done, the hour didn't have the same nurturing-ness that working on a new project provides. And so.... I won't be doing that again either.





AND... I won't be tracing, sizing, or cutting out patterns if I can help it - which means I recognize that occasionally that's exactly what I will be doing like yesterday morning when I traced and cut out the McCall's pants. Starting a new project is a good second BUT... whenever possible... sewing is the thing that I want to do first thing.




LOL - I need to get my tripod out. All these mirror images are starting to look like I have a list to the left. Above is Vogue 8691, my all time favourite, sewn it a million times, top. What I find interesting about these pictures is that the top at left made from the grey-ish pink (that needs a camisole underneath) sweater knit is cut from the exact same pattern pieces as the black and white paisley version. Only the neckline is different. I love the paisley. Not so much the other one. It's not the physical fit; it's the emotional fit. The same top turned inside out shows the darker raspberry pink of the wrong side. That variation feels far more like me.

Emotional fit is such an interesting subject, the fine line between looking and feeling good. It's entirely possible to look good and not feel good and it's entirely possible to feel good and not look good and "perfect" fit is the wonderful combination of the two. I'm learning that there has to be some kind of upbeat energy in the fabric for it to work for me and even then, not always.

On Sunday, when I was snoop shopping at the mall, I picked up two cashmere sweaters from the sale table. One was an intense orange and the other a sherbert orange. I asked another shopper for her opinion. and definitely picked the right shopper. She stopped, looked at the intense orange, and said it should look good on you with your coloring but it doesn't. YES YES - I love an honest opinion. The sherbert orange looked good with my coloring but didn't match my personality. It felt far too prissy and polite, way too soft for what might come out of my mouth - VBG.

It strikes me that intense orange and sherbert orange are a bit like the grey-ish pink and the raspberry pink of these examples and yet in this case both colors look good on me, one just feels wrong and the other feels right. This too is like fitting a moving target as we learn more about ourselves and our preferences, learning that changes as we change.

I was asked last week if I've had my colors done. Yes, a million years ago, back in the 80's when the color me beautiful thing began. I was a summer. Back then, a summer could age into a winter and recently I read that there are now new categories of which one is a softer winter. I think I may be there - not quite a summer and not quite a winter. Hmm... and isn't that similar the fine line of emotional and physical fit.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - two colorful scarves to work into my cruise collection

But some emotions don't make a lot of noise. It's hard to hear pride. Caring is real faint - like a heartbeat. And pure love - why, some days it's so quiet you don't even know it's there. 
- Erma Bombeck

18 comments:

  1. I think you are right about the deeper pink being a more flattering colour, Myrna, than the greyish pink. And it also has the benefit of the vertical seam contrast which is more interesting and slimming. Betty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Turning it inside out really highlighted the seaming. I knew it was there of course but seeing the seam allowances made me think about how could I use the seams in more beneficial way. Fun ideas.

      Delete
  2. I didn't realize till you said it that the 3rd top was the first one inside out. I love it worn like that! Can you start from that point and make a finished top? I feel like an interesting neckline trim could make that one a winner.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I could play with the seams and find some way to wear it "inside out" perhaps by making it into a sweater of some kind, possibly taking out the center front seam and adding buttons or a zipper. That's the thought that's playing right now. I don't have any more of the fabric so I'd need to think about what could be added to complete the look and work well together.

      Delete
  3. The deeper raspberry is more vibrant on you, but you might also try that blue scarf with the lighter pink side and see if that perks it up. If you feel comfortable wearing it inside out (hey, why not), that would give you two workable looks out of the same blouse...definitely a plus for travel as well as for a capsule wardrobe in general.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had that same thought - that the scarf would go well with. There are certainly some play possibilities with this piece. All is not lost and there could be a lot of learning in pulling it together into an outfit.

      Delete
  4. I recently did a color test online and I am soft winter too. I used to be winter. I looked good in bold, intense colors like fushia, cobalt, emerald. Getting older changes what works for us and we must stay current. I can't even wear the same makeup colors. I agree, the paisley and the deeper raspberry look good on you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Where did you find an on-line test? I'd be interesting in doing that. Getting older definitely changes things. I'm wearing the same eye make-up but had to change my foundation and I think I'm going to have to start wearing some kind of colored lip gloss to give more light to my face.

      Delete
  5. So many thoughts. I always feel like I hijack your comment section. Oh well. :-) This is so much fun deciding what works, why it works, and why something else doesn’t work, and what could be changed to make it work better. Ever get the feeling that we could talk about this all day?? It would be soooo much fun!

    The lighter fuschia top...some reasons it’s not working, imo, and some ways to make it work, imo. It’ll be fun to see what you come up with!
    The lighter top reads as delicate. The pants and the necklace don’t blend with the top. Skinnier pants would help (these pants read as heavy). And a lighter, airier necklace. Large earrings could be the ‘fun’ piece. Or….keep everything blending, light and airy, and have the shoes be the ‘fun’ piece. Something shiny, pointy toed, really fun. The lighter top needs more skin showing, so let some of your foot show with the shoes.

    A different necklace would do wonders for the lighter top. A lighter necklace would demand large earrings. Not chunky. Large, but airy earrings. Also shorten the sleeves to ¾ length. Right now the paisley and darker top, my eye goes to your face.

    The lighter top, my eye goes to the necklace (and the hem of the top, see below). It doesn’t even ‘see’ the top (or your face). Which means everything else has to change so that the eye ‘sees’ the top.

    The necklace is too chunky (and too dark) for the top. Even though the darker top is the same top, the lighter top reads as delicate whereas the darker top with the vertical seaming doesn’t read as delicate, (which is why the necklace works with the darker top).

    The necklace highlights the v shape of the neckline, and a v shaped neckline isn’t your best neckline. The necklace doesn’t fit nicely into the neckline nicely in the lighter version, whereas it seems to fit better with the darker top and the paisley top. You need a ‘rounded’ necklace that fits into that v, so the eye sees the round instead of the v.

    The lighter top is too light for the pants. Too much light/dark contrast there. The eye is drawn to the horizontal demarcation line between the pants and the top.

    Even though the paisley top has white in it, it reads as blending into the pants better. And of course the darker fuschia blends very well with the pants. The style of the pants goes well with the dark top. Maybe dressier pants for the light top? In a lighter color? A drapier fabric?

    Also, the dark top hangs differently…notice the asymmetry (probably inadvertent); the asymmetry being the ‘fun’ component. There are no design elements in the lighter top. How to get some? Thinking about the tucks at the waistband from yesterday. The lighter top is missing a ‘fun’ component.

    Color, pattern, texture, shine, something fun. For the lighter top, you have color, no pattern, some texture, no shine, nothing fun. Texture can be in the necklace, or the shoes/bracelet. Shorten the sleeves and add a bracelet for texture/shine/fun. Or keep the bracelet shiny and make the shoes the fun. I would also add stronger make-up for the lighter top…a darker lip maybe? Something in a dark, but ‘cool’ tone. Not overly dramatic, but more than what you have. The lip is needed to compensate for the non dramatic outfit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YES - I could talk about this all day and it's so fun to talk to someone whose eyes don't glaze over and roll back. We could certainly talk on the phone and where do you live? Maybe I'll be driving by there one day.

      Such great ideas. As I said to ParisGrrl, there is a lot of play possibilities with this piece. I really appreciate all the feedback you wrote. Don't worry about hijacking the comment section. It's so valuable to all of us. You're right that the top reads light and the pants heavy. I'll try the top with some lighter denim jeans and see what that does and add the scarf and just play a bit on the path to possibly taking it apart and evolving it further. BUT... it may not be for a while. I have a long list of things in front of that unless of course my mind gets so busy exploring it can't focus without doing this first.

      AND... I'm thinking about your comment on the V neck-line. Normally when I make a V, I soften it by curving the bottom. I only have one other piece with this sharper V look and it's a darker colour with visual texture to attract the eye. Something to think about.

      Delete
    2. How about the pink scarf that you were going to knit for this tweedy top? I like the soft look of the tweedy knit, and it could be a great base for the scarf...and wearing it with lighter colored pants as earlier suggested might give you a "new" look, plus save yourself the frustration of ripping apart the well-made top.

      Delete
    3. I'm part way through knitting that one. It's the raspberry color of the other side so I think you're right that it will give energy to the piece. I'll definitely try that first with the lighter pants.

      Delete
  6. What about a long dangly necklace, with something heavier hanging from it? Would that soften the sharper v of the neckline?

    Wear the ensemble as is to the scarf store, and try on a bazillions scarves. See which one says, pick me!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL - for scarves, I could try some of the ones in my drawer or the one I'm knitting in the raspberry tone. For a necklace... hmm... you're right... I should go jewelry shopping.

      Delete
  7. Back In the 80's I had my colors done and I was a winter! In the last few years I was starting to believe I was an autumn! But not all autumn colors would work. I then stumble upon another color system call Dressing Your Truth. I loved how that sounded. Because it is just not color, but texture, styling, lines.....everything. Now you can take it or leave it but it was a wonderful adventure for me. My color palate contains many autumn colors, but they all are colors with a black undertone. If you have ever played with a color wheel you start with the primary colors. They are too intense for me. Then you have colors that have been whitened. Dials back the primary but still not right for me. Then there are the colors that have been greyed out. Still not right. Then my colors. I think they are hues. Just right for me. When I wear these colors I feel alive, bright and happy.

    My sister and I are opposites and after she went through this course she actually was able to sleep better in her soft gray nightie! She is living her truth as well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I - of course - had to look that course up and it sounds FABULOUS - so interesting. I'm going to check into it more. I understand what you mean about a black undertone. That actually resonates. The raspberry has a black undertone while the grey-ish pink is greyed as you described. Thanks for sharing this information.

      Delete
  8. Love love love the inside out shirt! I agree with Mel, narrower legs on the pants would make a difference.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.