Monday, April 13, 2015

Planning The Black Knit Group

All is not completely back to normal but it has definitely improved even though it was Saturday before I felt well enough to sew. This was both good in terms of finally getting back into the studio and frustrating in terms of wasting the entire week although - to be fair - it wasn't totally wasted. I did a lot of knitting and finished some gifts and that part was great especially as knitting lets me think which in turn allowed me to plan the black knit group.





Last week, I received my order from MarcyTilton.com which contained the black rainwear for my raincoat and some black light-weight ponte from the same fabric line as the blue above. It's FABULOUS just like the description states and perfect for...



 


... interpreting some ideas from one of my favourite lines of clothing - Sympli. This is a Canadian company based in Vancouver, BC that I discovered a few years ago. Although I don't own any of their clothing, I'm fascinated by the layering aspects. If you click through to the site and look at the collections, you'll see that the garments are all shown on the same model which also allows you to see the illusions each style creates. That alone is fascinating but it also allows me to chose the lines that will flatter my figure.





The ponte I bought from Marcy reminds me of the fabrics used in these collections. It has to be quality to get the right swish and flow in the garments. When I looked at the site a few weeks ago, there were pages with information about each garment and a price but not this week when I went looking for the links. Perhaps I was looking at a different site but the prices in my notes will give you an idea. The first top is the Mimic Top for $139.00. The next blue one is the Go To T for $129.00 and the third one is the Getaway Hoodie for $189.00.





The Mimic Top earlier and the  Duo Diva Top above have similar lines to my favourite Katherine Tilton pattern Vogue 8691 and since that pattern is goof proofed and tested, I'll use it and my version will cost $27.00. Numbers like that make me glad I sew.





The Tulip Pant reminds me of Marcy's out of print Vogue 8712. As designed, the pants are more capri length. When I sewed them in July of 2012, I lengthened them and used a very stable knit. I've worn these pants a lot. They go well with many different styles of tops and would - IMHO -  look great in the black knit.





I'm not as confident with a skirt pattern. I think I "should" sew an A-line skirt but I don't find those as flattering to my figure as is so often stated. Soft is an important factor otherwise they just keep widening the hips which can also be true of a straight skirt that is wide all the way down. There has to be some kind of taper which is not necessarily the best shape for walking around on a holiday. I love the tulip shape but it doesn't layer as well as some styles.

What I'd really like is something fun like Marcy's Vogue 9060 which - again - may not layer as well with tops although I have sewn it already so I can try different tops on with it before committing. AND... I could try on some of the Sympli clothing. Using the store locator, there is - supposedly although I've never seen this line there - one retailer here in town and three just over an hour away but no rush. I have plenty to sew first.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - feeling somewhat better

Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live in. 
- Unknown

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  1. I am leaving on my trip tomorrow. So everything is packed. One of the things i sewed for this trip was a pair of "culottes " and a pair of palazzo pants from an old kwik sew pattern i had. I got the longer length 70's look gaucho pant in a stretch denim and the longer pant in a slinky type knit. You have met me and know that I am a real pear shaped plus size woman. This is a very nice look for me and I think flattering to my shape and proportions. When I look at the simpli look I see the same as what I made.

    They match all of the tops I am taking as well. The culottes are for casual, they are interesting and European looking. The longer pants are for dressing up or down.

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    1. Have a wonderful time. Enjoy the opera. Your pants sound fabulous. Can you take some pictures while you're gone and send them later. I'd love to see them and agree that will be a nice look on you. We have a similar figure and I like that style on me.

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  2. eep. down the last ten days with a bug myself, hope you feel more energetic soon! i am too stupid from sick to say anything but what about say a four gore skirt which simply flares rather than does the 'in then out' thing of the trumpet skirt? Made of very drapey knit it should flatter as well as layer/combine more easily than the trumpet...?

    Why do you want to make an a-line if you think they make you look awful? Also those marcy pants in black should be fantastic on you!!!! take care, steph

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    1. I was debating a gored skirt. I want to try some on and make sure that I have the right degree of drape with this fabric and that I really like the style I've chosen first because it's important for this group to work well together. I don't think I look awful but I don't agree that A-line is automatically flattering to pear shapes like "they" - the great omnipotent all knowing fashion gods - always say. It has to be the right amount of fullness with the right flowing fabric. Something like B4136 could work - http://butterick.mccall.com/b4136-products-1132.php?page_id=367 - or I have an out of print Vogue pattern that has a fitted yoke before it flares. I have time to think. The group is two tops, a cardigan, a pair of pants, and the skirt. I'll sew the rest first.

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    2. oh, i just checked out the B4136 link and that is basically the look i had envisioned, only 4 gores instead (not that it matters all that much) and with the fullness somewhere between the two views.

      Taking time to think it thru while you make the rest of the group sounds perfect. I told Chloe i think you could use a little hug :)

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  3. I agree with tinyjunco, skip the skirt. Sew an extra pair of nice fitting pants like the teal print ones in this post. Or culottes or something. Black would be stunning.

    Every time I sew a skirt, for some reason..........I just don't wear it with any kind of joy! It fits, and maybe even flatters.......just no joy.

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    1. I always find it interesting who likes to wear what. I love wearing skirts. They feel quite comfortable and flirty/feminine. What's new for me since I returned to fashion sewing is the ability to wear a dress. I can't buy one that fits me.

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    2. oh i must have mis-spoken entirely.....i LIVE in skirts! Love them! i just was thinking along the lines Marcy has laid out much more coherently in her response to me above. You want to make sure you have the right silhouette for your figure as well as the rest of the wardrobe group (which is dependent on the right drape in the fabric, too).

      Neufy that Peggy Sayers skirt sounds really fun! i'm going to check it out too :) Myrna, it'll be fun to see what you end up making. Taking the time to mull it over, seeing as you have the time, is v. smart. have fun!

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  4. Myrna, do you ever watch Peggy Sagers webcasts? The latest one had an interesting take on her yoga skirt pattern.. It is towards the end of the webcast. She took her A line yoga skirt and added some extra flare at the bottom. Then added a long narrow rectangle. The skirt was done in a striped knit. The play of stripes and the assymetry would really appeal to you I think. With a wonderful drapey knit I might make this. It has the right amount of joyfulness to make even me happy I think.

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  5. Thank you for the Sympli link. I never heard of them before...love their clothes...very inspirational.

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    1. Simple lines and easy layering. Inspiring as you say. You're welcome.

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  6. HI Myrna,
    I was wondering if it would be ok if I asked you a few questions about the construction of your V9060? I am having some troubles with one of the steps and would love some advice if that's ok.
    Thank you, Mel.

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    1. Not a problem. Just email me privately and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. The address is in the sidebar.

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