Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Definitely A YES YES Fabric

Since downsizing and streamlining my goals for the cruise collection, I've been making tremendous progress and yesterday, I reached a significant point. I finished...





... the seven tops. They are - left to right - a black knit t-shirt, a fuchsia knit tank, a black and white paisley t-shirt, a black knit tank, a blue print t-shirt, a sleeveless white linen blouse, and a sleeveless floral collared blouse. I look at that small selection and start to panic but I really do think it'll be enough.





The black t-shirt and tank are sewn from the light-weight ponte purchased from MarcyTilton.com. It's a yummy fabric. It sews beautifully. Presses beautifully. And feels gorgeous on. It's just the right weight to skim and flatter the body without clinging. Right now, it's listed under new fabrics on Marcy's site but you can also find it by searching for light weight ponte. Along with black, there is also Blue Grotto, Stem Green, Caribe Turquoise, Aqua Velvet, and Dior Gray. Definitely a YES YES fabric.





I started out the tank working with Vogue 9057, tracing it on fold and angling the curve in two directions as shown above left. It looked too long and not full enough and yet looking at the picture, I can see it had potential. That's the wonderful thing about digital images. They remove some of the emotions and let me see more of what's real. I can see that to be more adventurous with my clothes, I'm going to need more to get comfortable with both tunic lengths and different hem angles only right now is not the time.





Right now, I went for what was safe and copied the hemline and side shaping of my T & T pattern onto the tissue and then curved the front and back hemlines ever so slightly so they weren't a line straight across and then I pinned the pattern...





... to the top and cut off the extra hemline. Wearing the shorter hemline feels more comfortable. It's that feel and look thing again. It sure is hard to make a change but I can see that it's worth exploring a longer tunic length.





Katherine Tilton's Butterick 6101 is on my to sew list. Once I finish the cruise collection, the plan is to sew several garments for the Design Outside the Lines retreat that are a bit braver, a bit different, and see if I can evolve my style in a slightly more edgy direction. Hopefully I'll have time to sew those.

With the seven tops, I included the black and white paisley t-shirt sewn a few months ago and with the bottoms, I'll include a pair of black striped pants sewn last year and the blue linen skirt started last month. It just needs the waistband finished. That's two down, five to go. I - finally - feel like I'm getting somewhere.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - seven tops

Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward. 
- Oprah Winfrey

10 comments:

  1. It's looking good! I think you said that you were gone for three weeks, so that means you will wear each top three times. That's just about right, I would say. Nice!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Nice to be headed in the right direction.

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  2. Lookin' good! I always bring far more than I actually wear. It's interesting how on vacation you just wear the same stuff over and over and you don't care.

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    1. I'm trying not to over pack but I bet there are favourites I'll wear more often. That's just how clothing goes.

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  3. I'm a more recent follower of your blog. When you refer to your T &T patterns are you referring to Marcy and Katherine Tilton's patterns that are favourites ?

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    1. T & T stands for Tried and True and is any pattern that you've perfected to the point of using over and over in various adaptations. The pattern I was referring to is a New Look t-shirt I started working with three or four years ago. They are fabulous to have because you've nailed the fit and can have fun with the styling.

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  4. I'm impressed with your finished 7 tops. They look so cohesive together which is what I do when planning my travel wardrobe (hang them up together). Now looking at your tops it'll be easy-peasy to choose your jewelry, etc. So good to know that Marcy's fabric is so nice. I'll be checking it out. Congrats on such a great start to your wardrobe! Karen

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    1. Thanks. I know I may end up swapping in and out a few things but it does feel cohesive as you say. I'm just starting to think about jewelry. Marcy's fabric is wonderful. I'll be buying more.

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  5. Afternoon here in Vienna! Beautiful spring day. I took the underground to the fabric shop this morning.. Beautiful drool worthy fabrics and beautiful quality. Did not buy anything as I am still jet lagged so worried about my ability to make and edit choices. I will go back and get a few tomorrow or Saturday.

    Street wear here is not as nice as what you are making. Nice little selection and very cohesive. I think you are right, that is probably enough. I am wearing my culottes today. Most women are wearing slim legged pants and comfortable shoes. Neufy

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    1. Do enjoy the drool worthy fabric when you're more awake and in buying mode. What a fabulous souvenir. Thanks for the feedback on street wear. That's encouraging. I'm going to - eventually - try some slim legged pants. I've been told they'd suit me and I've been resisting but with one of the longer tops I have in mind, could be a good thing. Happy holiday.

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