Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I'm Not In Love

Do you have times when you sew and sew and it seems that everything is - while not a wadder - somewhat less than wonderful? The garments are only okay. When I told my husband I was frustrated with sewing okay clothes and not wonderful ones, he asked what was wrong with okay and that's a perfectly valid question. Okay is... well... only okay. It produces completely wearable garments but not ones that feel amazing like you nailed "it" perfectly. Every once in a while, I like a shot of wonderful to keep me going.





I finished the top. It's okay. I would have liked to cut the binding with the stripes running diagonally and I couldn't but luckily there was enough fabric for continuous pieces for the neckline and both armholes.





The side seam on the longer side of Vogue 9057 is left open. Last time I sewed it closed. This time I left it open only I didn't like the way it stuck out so I used buttons to tack the edges together. I really like how that looks.





This is one of those looks good but doesn't feel good garments although I think the pattern has tremendous potential in my wardrobe. I really like the way it fits through the bodice and how it flares out in that quite flattering while giving the illusion that I'm slimmer than I actually am kind of way. What I don't like is the hemline. This is my third garment with an asymmetrical hemline and I'm not in love. I feel much better when the garment is symmetrical or when...





... the asymmetrical aspects are contained within the garment like with the wrap portion of this out of print Vogue 8390. It's a much softer look that I find more wearable. That's interesting information to add to my checklist.

My blouse still needs buttons and hopefully I'll get that done in the next few days. I bought buttons on the weekend and they looked good against the fabric at the store and too light against it at home. I want to see if I can find a darker shade that would work better. Later.  Today, I'm giving the house a good cleaning and then I'll cut out a jacket, pair of pants, or skirt. I need a break from tops.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the idea of spending an hour a day doing the things I want done but don't want to do hasn't gone anywhere. An hour a day is not my normal approach. I'd hoped to behave differently but I'm more of the get it over with kind of person and I get it over with when "it" suddenly click. Yesterday I went looking for a specific box and ended up cleaning out the storage room and under the stairs. YES YES

There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.
- C.J. Walker

24 comments:

  1. It looks really great on you...maybe unpick the hem and lop off the longer side making it even??

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    1. LOL - it's that looks good but feels bad thing. I'll play with pinning the hem before I do anything permanent.

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  2. I have to agree...there's something about that hemline that doesn't work (on this top). The top looks great until your eye gets to the hemline.

    I think the hemline competes for attention with the detail higher up when you're wearing it for some reason. I don't notice the hemline on the mannequin. So....why is that? I can't quite figure that out.

    When you're wearing the top, your eye wants to land at the lowest part of the hemline instead of up top by your face. Your eye goes right to the side of your thigh. Why is that? I think that it's because there's too much contrast between the pants and the top. If you had a bottom that was more or less the value of the top I think the eye wouldn't pop down to where the two lines meet.

    I think this is salvageable. Something stronger/darker in the jewelry? I think when it's on your body it reads as very light top half, dark bottom half. When it's on the mannequin it reads as pretty purple top over a dark background.

    I wonder if it had sleeves if that would help. Something gauzy? I can't quite think how to get the upper half darker. But I'm sure that something will come to you. Lol.

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    1. I do agree that it makes my hips look wider. What's interesting is that I wore these dark jeans with the black and white top a few weeks ago and the consensus was it looked great. That makes me think the contrast either needs to be more or less. On the mannequin, below the hemline is narrower and on me, below the hemline is wider. That's a definite factor.

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    2. Hi Myrna! on the whole i agree with what mrs. mole said downthread, with a few more thots (of course - ms. verbose here!)

      Is this the outfit you're talking about?
      http://blog.myrnagiesbrecht.com/2015/03/today-tomorrows-posting.html

      it DOES look great! And the contrast is a lot LESS than in this outfit, because the black and white top is a print which largely favors the black. Plus the pattern breaks up the line at the hip, a lot. When you say 'black and white' in your head it sounds much more stark than what's created visually. Put both outfit photos side by side on your monitor and take a look.

      For me, i find this hemline a bit jarring on your figure as it's straight and pointy. Your whole physique is composed of curving lines and shapes and to my eye it is not so harmonious - as opposed to the color, which is really great! (I'm using 'curved' in it's original meaning, as in round and not straight; not as a euphemism for fat). I'm wondering if an asymmetric hem with a curving line may be more appealing to you? Something like the Jacqueline tunic by Tina Givens, here is the link:
      http://www.sewtinagivens.com/#!jaqueline-pdf/c1af2

      here is a link to the instructions so you can see the shape of the hem:
      http://media.wix.com/ugd/4f479a_0942a455e9324281902a9db0863f76fd.pdf

      This particular one may be too dramatic for your taste, but just as an example.

      Keep on keepin' on lady! these 'meh' projects kinda stink to go thru; at the same time i think you're really learning a LOT of very specific, useful info. about your own creative style! Coming up with something new always takes more time than trodding the usual path. steph

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    3. LOL - I enjoy your thoughts. Yes... that's the outfit. I see what you mean that the darker values in the top create a softer line across the jeans. That's an interesting thought to ponder. It plays into the curvy aspect.

      LOVE the look of the Jacqueline tunic and that's the kind of outfit I'd put on and feel like a million pounds. Way too much fabric BUT... that said... curved hemlines instead of straight could be the ticket. I'll check out the how-to.

      Meh does lead to ah ha at some point. Good thing. I do think I'm learning a lot of useful things about what I like to sew and what I like to wear and how to mix those aspects. It just feels like one step forward and two steps back. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  3. How about something guazy/chiffony to even out the hemline? That way the contrast line is straight across, but not too abrupt, and...it leaves the diagonal line of the hem in place.

    Or maybe not to even it out, just to subtly lower the highest part of it.

    I think we need to play with your paper dolls here. :-) Take a picture of yourself in the garment, make a million copies, and start drawing in ideas on your paper doll.

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    1. I've played with this pattern on the paper doll me so I know the proportions are correct. I'll try pinning something into that other side and see if it takes away that negative feeling.

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  4. I agree w/you on asymmetrical hems - I just don't love them. I love that pattern though, and I esp love your fabric manipulations and the end product above the hem! What a great color!

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    1. The pattern is great. I'm going to play with it more and I'll fiddle with the hem and see what I come with because I love that fabric and the color and I'd like to work it out. It's a feeling versus looking thing. Looks fine. Feels not so fine.

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  5. This top looks great on you and one of the reasons, I think, is the asym hemline. It lets the eye move around. I know what you mean about asym hemlines though. For one thing, it's hard to find a top layer of clothing for them!

    But consider sticking with this type of hemline, maybe less dramatic would help?

    I love the button closure!

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    1. I love the button closure too. I'm going to play with the idea of diagonal lines and look at incorporating them more inside of the garment as opposed to at the hem. Perhaps that will lead to wearable or - you never know - maybe even to finding a way to work with the hemline that I can actually wear. When you feel not quite right in your clothes, that's often a harder issue to deal with. LOVE the color and the texture. I need to save that for sure.

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  6. All the angles point in the same direction and make you look like you are leaning or lopsided. The top stripes could have been going in the opposite direction to balance the look. Right now the eye is forced to run right down unto the floor without stopping. Also the eye is drawn to the widest part of the body, with sleeves the eye could remain up top for a while. The contrast with the solid black pants make the top even more pear-like. You might try it with patterned similar colored flowy pants.

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    1. Very interesting. Thank you. When I was drafting it out, I had wanted to keep a wide open space on the opposite shoulder. That would have helped with the falling over aspect you're describing. Something to think about. I have some more flowy pants with that color in them. I'll try those together and see what happens.

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  7. Hi Mryna! I so enjoy your column & learn so much from you! One of the things I love about that pattern is that she gives you the option of a second layer, with sleeves (or not) but with the diagonal hem going the other way. This would break up the "long line pointing to the floor" that you are not liking.

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    1. I like the layered look too and it reminds me of another favourite and would give a version of the curved look Steph is talking about. Definitely worth trying.

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  8. Ok Linda Moon, you stole my idea! Lol. Another top underneath with the hemline in the opposite direction appeals!

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  9. I think that the high side hits you at the fullest part of your hip and the high contrast draws your eye right to it.It's also a matter of proportion, it's cutting you in half. I do love the top section and hope that you can find a way to work this out or if not use the top section on another garment. I have been playing with this top today and I am using a wide sheer panel at the bottom. Yours make me realize that I have to be careful with where the opaque high side hits my hip. I am making mine much longer, around knee length at the mid point.

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    1. This is the top I sewed in a soft grey and it doesn't seem to have all these issues. I wonder if it's the color or the sleeves. This seems like another version of the "fabric factor"... LOL... the color factor. You're right. It's just off. I'll find a way to work with the piecing. I like it too much. I'll be interested to see your piece. Can you send me a picture when you're done please?

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  10. my favourite colour :) love the stripes.id have done a cap sleeve but thats just personal preference.I agree about the hemline ,when i see them in diagrams etc i love them but find them just too fussy on me.

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    1. It's one of my favourite colours as well. Cap sleeves, not so much. Isn't it interesting how we can love something but not - in theory, not reality. Stuff like that just fascinates me.

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  11. I love this top and now think I need to make one for myself:) I understand what you mean about wearing something making you uncomfortable. I'm about to reach that same conclusion with draped necklines: I like them in theory but find them fiddly to wear. Don't give up on this top, though. It is a great color on you and very slimming. Try pairing it with some narrow cropped pants (maybe white) and some cute wedges. Also some big earrings and a statement bracelet on the short side will help balance things out.

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    1. I was thinking about mirroring it at center front so that the points go both ways which would be similar to layering and/or I could sew the opposite point on with a seam and/or I could create a curved flow between the two. It's definitely a pattern to play with. I still have some scraps of this fuchsia fabric. They may become a point on the other side if I can piece them together to create balance. Hmm....

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