Monday, May 4, 2015

Being Myself Creatively

Some patterns are so distinct that it seems unlikely that you'd sew them more than once and yet it's when I sew a pattern two or three times that I really perfect the fit and the sewing order and get to enjoy doing my best work.





This is the third time I've sewn Katherine Tilton's Butterick 5891 and this time I - finally - figured out the correct order for the neatest workmanship. I need to write some notes for next time.





While I enjoy doing good technical work, I'm not interested in a paint-by-number experience and want to add a little something unique or different or stretching in some way, some step toward being myself creatively. With this version, I did all the top stitching by hand using a running stitch in pearl cotton.





The buttons echo that idea with a mix of textures and faux stitches. I still need to wash the top to remove all the chalk lines. I use chalk to mark the wrong side of the fabric and any guidelines I need such as the ones for the button holes.





Here's another way to bind the armhole edges. I cut a strip of bias fabric and serged one long edge. After stitching the opposite edge to the armhole, I turned the strip over and to the back and then stitched in the ditch to hold it in place. It's neat, won't fray, doesn't have to be slip stitched by hand, and looks great.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - having a serger

Make the workmanship surpass the materials.
- Ovid

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the subtle textures and details.

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  2. I agree with Kathy! This is what you excel at....subtle but interesting textures and details. Love it!

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  3. Fantastic vest! I've made the jacket with that pattern which I love and it fits perfectly. Is the fit similar to the jacket?

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  4. The hand top stitching is a lovely touch; a subtle and elegant addition.

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  5. Love this, Myrna! This pattern, both jacket and vest are keepers!

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  6. I have not always found that washing takes out the chalk. I use a stencil brush to get it out before I wash.

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  7. Great vest - love the hand-stitching detail. This is one of my favourite patterns! I've made both the vest and the jacket and wear them all the time. I want more!

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  8. Oh boy I love that pattern!! I have one cut out and ready to go on my sewing table right now! What a great touch, the stitching and the buttons. Makes me want to cancel my day and sew up that top!

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  9. The stitching detail looks great. Gives it a high-end handmade look. Very nice

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  10. Love the topstitching - and the instructions for the bias binding. Brilliant!

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  11. Love the topstitching - and the instructions for the bias binding. Brilliant!

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.