Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Take A Break

The fuel pump went on my youngest son's car and he needs a vehicle for work so he's driving mine this week and I am home car-less. This is not my preferred state but it does guarantee that I will get a lot of work done in the studio plus a walk up and down the hill to Starbucks each morning.

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

16 comments:

  1. Wow - love how this is coming together.

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  2. Awesome! I love the black trim!

    Yes, grateful that you have a car to lend, and that he's responsible enough to lend it to.....

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    1. The black does make a significant difference which is great considering it adds significant more work.

      It's nice when your kids get old enough to be responsible enough and to realize the value of the gift.

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  3. What a fabulous jacket that is going to be!! It's not going to turn into pajamas I bet!!!

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    1. LOL - it could make a nice bed coat.

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  4. Myrna that fabric looks as if it were designed especially for you! And i love the choice of pattern for it. Can't wait to see this one one you! The black strips add a lot, too. Claire you are too funny "It's not going to turn into pajamas I bet!!!" hahaa i bet not!

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    1. I know. It screamed come and get me from clear across the store. I think it's working with this pattern although I'll want to sew it again in a more traditional choice - like linen.

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  5. How lucky are you that you're "forced" to stay home and sew!

    If I hadn't seen the after photo with the black strips, I would have said it was fine the way it is. It's a little details that doesn't so much to the design. Good eye!

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    1. I tend to get a real case of cabin fever when I don't have a car. Four days without is a huge thing for me. I've had a car of my own since leaving home and I can't understand my friend who says she doesn't need one. I definitely need one plus I love to drive and take road trips.

      The black is looking good.

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  6. Yes, yes to the black trim. What a difference it makes. And that little jacket is exactly why I travel with only black or white base pieces, i.e. jeans, slacks, skirts, tees, blouses, etc. That piece would be in my suitcase, and I'd feel like a million bucks wearing it. Love the combination of fabric & pattern!

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    1. I've come to a similar conclusion with the cruise collection - that all of the tops do not need to go with all of the bottoms as long as they go with enough. It opens up more possibilities.

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  7. Will you explain a little more when you say "fuse and zigzag" the black strips. Such a great idea and couture touch. Something I would try. Just a little more info, please.

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    1. I took a scrap of fabric and applied fusible web to the back and then cut the strips I needed, placed them on the jacket, fused them in place and then used a zigzag stitch along each edge to permanently stitch them in place. The strips can vary in size depending on what you want for the look. On the front I used two different widths. The fusing just holds the strip nicely while you're stitching. The one I use is Misty Fuse which is quite lightweight.

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  8. What a great way to use this pattern! I only saw it as an accompaniment to the dress. You've provided me with a true aha moment for this pattern! Love your fabric choice and where you're going with this! Thanks for the inspiration!

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