Yesterday, I pulled out the pattern and fabric to start a cardigan for the cruise collection and then had second thoughts about their suitability to each other and to the collection. Instead of making up my mind, I decided to take a break and sew something off topic. A palette cleanser if you will.
Fabric is one of my favourite souvenirs. I bought a meter and a half of this multi-colored knit at Fabricana in Richmond about six or seven years ago on my way to a workshop with Sandra Betzina on Vancouver Island. I've since learned that if the fabric has a large motif, buy more BUT... in this case... I had barely enough and had to let the shapes fall where they would. I wanted a pattern that would break up the chunkiness and when Vogue 1435 came out this past winter, it seemed perfect. I really like swing coats and this will be an upscale sweatshirt. Warm and cozy and cute.
The top stitched seams were dull against the vibrancy of the design so I played with different ideas for highlighting the seams and in the end chose to fuse a 1/2" strip along each seam and zigzag the edges.
At left is the back before and at right is the back with the black strips sewn in place. They add a lot more energy and contrast to the piece. Once I have the collar pinned on and can see how it interacts with the other elements, I'll decide if I need to add something to the back yoke to balance the arrangement better. How fun to finally be using this fabric. YES YES !!!
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a car to lend
In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.
- Coco Chanel