Looking at those two pictures in yesterday's posting of the tank with the more angled hemline and the one with the traditional hemline was a a mini epiphany. Face-to-face with the mirror, the traditional hemline feels right but when I put those pictures side-by-side, I can't miss the fact that the softer, more draped hemline is far more flattering.
This isn't the first time this has happened. I need to look closer before I chop off a hemline because not only is the drape and angle better, I'm starting to think that I need more length as well. When I saw it in the mirror, I didn't like the angle fuchsia hemline (above left) but in the picture I think it has potential. Same with the black tank. Perhaps that explains why Vogue 8691 (far right) is my favourite pattern. It would seem that magically and by complete accident, I hit on the not straight, flowing hemline that works good on me. I sewed it in the same black knit as that middle tank and LOVE IT.
This is really not a good time for epiphanies around the styles I've been wearing forever. I thought I could sew safe for the cruise by picking the familiar and suddenly safe is feeling somewhat frumpy and fat. Go figure. Yesterday, I sewed Simplicity 2058 - a six gore skirt - in the black knit and it turned out great, feels good on, and looking in the mirror, I'm not sure. It's definitely a classic but I'm not feeling classic.
It seems to me that perhaps it's not the clothes that are the problem. Perhaps, I'm the problem. I can see in these pictures that the tops with soft curving hemlines are flattering and it makes me wonder what I could do differently with bottoms that would also be more flattering. And at the same time, I recognize that I'll need to learn how to see a different look in the mirror, adjust to the change, and feel fantastic in it.
AND THEN... just when I was thinking about it... a woman came into Starbucks where I was journalling wearing exactly the top I had wanted to sew and I realized I still want to sew it. And wear it. And feel comfortable in it. This strange is that me; does it look good? question is - apparently - part of climbing out of the box and moving in new directions. I'm going to try Butterick 5925 but first another skirt.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - digital images, eyes to see
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson