Friday, May 8, 2015

My Very Cute Pants

Yesterday was full of house cleaning, errands, and appointments. I had my hour in the studio in the morning and a few minutes in the afternoon but that was about it. Good thing I have some finished projects to show.





I thought taking pictures by this door would work well but apparently only at certain times of the day. I'm sorry these are so dark. Hopefully you can see enough details and - LOL - no wrinkles. The top is a version of my favourite Vogue 8691, no ruffle, and the pants are Burda 7062.





As I showed in yesterday's posting, I appliqued some of the floral motifs onto the un-floral portion of each pant leg so it wouldn't be so stark. I'm not sure I'd wear such a short top with these pants but it's good for the pictures. What do you think?





This is another version of the same top and the Burda 7400 purple pants I sewed last week. I wore them earlier this week and a woman stopped me to say she loved my "very cute" pants. Me too.





I worked on the top, added a gusset under the arms, and sewed in one sleeve only to take it back out again. I want to decrease the cap height by another half inch.





The black line is a sleeve I've sewn successfully before and the edge of the paper is the original sleeve less 3/8". Since it was so close, I scooped out the notch area and sewed it in but there was a lot of easing and some excess length so I'm trying again. I find it interesting that I've shortened the armhole by 2 7/8" but the cap height by only 3/8" and now another 1/2". That's not correct "technically" but it's what works and definitely what makes my templates worth the work of developing... even if they are always in the process of being fine tuned.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - templates

17 comments:

  1. To avoid the dark pictures, set the metering to be spot metering instead of matrix metering, and then have the spot be lower than the windows (and the white door which is also reflecting light). Maybe have the spot be about your knees, or even foot level. Or move it over and have it be on the green wall or the darker rug.

    I'm in love with those pants! What a great idea to soften that seam edge!!

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    1. Spot metering? You are way beyond me. I'm point and shoot. I'll try pointing and shooting in a different direction.

      I think the softer seam looks better too.

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  2. These pants are fabulous! We (OK, selfishly, I) want better pictures. :-)

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    1. Thanks. I'll wear them when I finish the top and try for a brighter picture.

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  3. You look great in them. You should make more skinny pants!
    Love your work and your blog.
    Stephanie S

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    1. For a compliment like that, I'll definitely sew more. Thank you. It's nice to have a new style to play with.

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  4. Love the floral appliques on the pants. What a wonderful detail that makes them uniquely yours!
    Cassy

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    1. You could create a similar detail by building your own design from motifts - like Rosemary does. That's something else to explore.

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  5. Thanks for continuing the saga of the raised armhole, very helpful.

    I think the "shorter" top looks great with the pants. It makes you legs look longer.

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    1. You're welcome. I have the sleeves in now and they look/feel great. The top has been saved. Thanks for the feedback on the shorter top/pants. I'll have to wear it out in public and see if I'm comfortable.

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  6. I LOVE ALL THESE CLOTHES!!! seriously, two great tops, two great pants. I like both outfits, and better yet you have two more looks in there - one for when you want to fool people by dressing on the quiet side or showcase a stunning piece of jewelry, another for when you want to mix those patterns to the max!! You look fantastic :)

    "I thought taking pictures by this door would work well but apparently only at certain times of the day" Well, if you and the camera had switched places it would have worked fine. As in you put the camera in front of the windows but facing away from them, then go stand where the camera is pointing at. You are looking at the camera lens with the windows behind it. This way the camera is taking a picture of you with lots of light bouncing off you (as long as you are not too far from the windows).

    In these pics you are backlit, which is a neener of a shot to light even for professionals. But it's kind of kismet as i just saw this post over at Seamstress Erin - she reviews an online course on modeling for photographs. Of course i thought of you and your quest to improve your modeling skills. It is online, not in person, but could be a way to get some knowledge.

    http://seamstresserin.com/class-review-how-to-set-up-10-essential-poses-on-creative-live/

    Not sure if it will be something you want to pursue but i just had to share! Man i never get tired of seeing your 8691 makes, you *own* that pattern woman! (heehee, don't tell Katherine ;) Have a great day Myrna!

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    1. LOL - me too! All four pieces are quite comfortable. I'm intrigued to try the skinny pants with the Vogue top. I'm almost done. I've managed to make the armhole work.

      If I pointed the camera the other way, there would be an entire twenty five feet of windows and way more light. I"ll find another direction to aim in.

      Thanks for the link to the course. I'm definitely going to check out the link. I have thanked Katherine a few times for designing my favourite top. It just works well for me.

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    2. oh fun! gotcha on the windows. Just try to find a setup where you do not stand between the camera and a bright light source. You want light to be shining on your subject (you) and you want that lit area to be facing the camera so it picks up all that light.

      Another way to think about it that may help - your subject is casting a shadow. You want to position the camera so that the shadow is falling away from the camera, not pointing towards it. In your pictures above, you can see your shadows on the floor and they point right at the camera.

      In the above space, you could try positioning yourself and your camera the same distance from the windows, say ten feet? Whatever works. Basically a setup perpendicular to what you had here. You should be lit on both sides (depending on where the sun is).

      Cameras are very different than human eyes. Once the penny drops on how they 'see' light, you'll be much more confident in taking photos. Hope this helps you get a feel for it - heehee, i am just selfish about wanting clearer pictures of you and your fabulous trousers, etc. LOL!

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  7. those are totally fabulous pants! both pair! you look great Myrna!!!

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  8. Hey Myrna - great pants. Hope to see you when you are in Ashland! - Susan

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