Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Try New Things


Where do you want your path to lead you? Will this activity or decision or lack of activity lead to that result for you? When you've answered those questions truly, your wavering will be over and you will finally be ready to ... let go. - pg 135, Seven Steps on the Writer's Path


 


Remember when I told you about my "perfect" tenant? Hmm... well... this year certainly started interestingly. She told us she wanted the suite the week before Christmas. When I talked to her shortly after, she was excited to be moving in. Just before the new year, I waved to her as I walked by her place of employment in the mall and all seemed good. And then... no money transfer, no communication, no arrangement to get the key or move in, and no show, no return of my phone call, and no longer employed in the mall. I hear she's moved to another city. Something obviously changed abruptly and - unfortunately - that leaves me looking for another "perfect" tenant.

When things like this happen, I wonder why? What is the message I'm supposed to get? I pondered whether I was actually supposed to rent the suite or maybe I was supposed to get a part-time job or maybe I was supposed to start teaching again. Neither of the later options felt right so I wavered this way and that for a day or so and then chose to trust and believe that God knows what I need, has endless resources, and it's not necessary to become derailed from my current path. YES YES





Which is good. Because I'm close to finishing up the house stuff and getting ready for full time studio stuff and I can hardly wait. The Butterick 6138 top is finished. On the mannequin, I couldn't decide if it reminded me more of a maternity top or a painter's smock but "dressed" it reminds me of neither... and it's fun... and I could see making this again with variations on the theme.





LOVE that curved seam in the back. I think it's both fun and slimming as it draws the eye up and down at an angle. I wore the top to a friend's yesterday and she commented several times about how much she loved it so I guess it looked good.



 


My goal with this piece was to try new things. I have no idea what to call this technique with the collar but the under collar is larger than the upper one by the amount of the edging that shows and you stitch and wrap it the under fabric around. I'm going to play with this technique on a bias edge next... just a sample... to see how I can use it more.

For the seams, with the lower portion I sewed a bias strip of the pink with a 5/8" seam and then pressed it upward and then with the upper portion, I pressed under the seam allowance and aligned the folded edge with the edge of the pink and top stitched the seam together. It allows for peek-a-boo bits of pink.





At one point, I realized I'd made an error with the adjustments and the right front edge was 2" longer than the facing. The problem was in the upper and lower section of that side. To fix it, I took apart the seams, re-cut, and re-sewed the pieces. Years ago, I'd have rolled it up and thrown it away. Now I find it's good to stick with it and figure out how to make the project work. I learn so much that way.





I'm taking more time with the pieces I'm creating and adding little details just for fun of sewing them and the delight of wearing them along with the learning. It's an area I want to grow my skills in. Earlier, you can see that I used pink thread to sew the buttons on with and I used the same silk dupioni to create the sleeve hem. It won't show that often but when it does, it's an extra little touch.

This project was cut out and ready-to-sew when I went to the Design Outside the Lines retreat at the end of May and I didn't actually get to sewing it until recently when things settled down enough to actually spend some time in the studio.





For the past two weeks, I've done really good at getting back on track with my morning hour. When Howard is here, it's more of an afternoon hour since we spend the morning together and I work while he's napping BUT... the time still happens and that's the important thing.

Yesterday, I worked on the black and white necklace inspired by a picture from Advanced Style. My necklace won't be at all like that piece as I can't see the details close up - which is good - but the inspiration has been a wonderful starting point and I'm feeling really positive about the progress I'm making with jewelry. I have several inspiration photos I'm going to work with. They're helping me to develop the experience I'll need to create completely from scratch in my own style.





I need some new pants and one thing I've noticed living here is that many of the women dress with more of an edge and so creative clothing fits right in. I'd happily sew black and white pants to go with my necklace and I really like all four of these pairs but what I mostly need is some funky jeans. I'd like some with big top stitching and some with seaming and some with painted denim BUT...





... first I want to finish sewing a prototype of my daughter's favourite purse so I can take it with me when I go to visit next time and make sure it's a close enough duplication of the original that she loves it just as much. If so, we'll shop for the fabric she wants and then I'll sew the "real" purse and give it to her... along with the pattern... so she can always have her favourite purse for as long as it's her favourite. How fun is that! The prototype is made with fabric I painted earlier this year and will end up being completely usable... for me. It really feels like I'm making progress on my goals and that feels fabulous.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a new "perfect" tenant is coming my way

19 comments:

  1. Love your new top. You are looking fabulous.

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    1. Thank you. They're fun. I think you'd enjoy the pattern.

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  2. Love the top Myrna. Love the slim pants. Only the fabric has a funky edge. I love that look on you. The big pants are cool too but then just a plain slim top like the inspiration funky pants. Love the necklace and anxious to see your interpretation of it. I am going to try and get into a class at Puyallup called Viking knitting. Jewelry has never interested me except for an occasional piece. Let's see if I can change that.

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    1. I agree. If there's more going on on the bottom, the top needs to be slimmer and visa-versa. I'm having fun with the necklace. I'll be interested to see what you think of the course. Please write and let me know.

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  3. Love your new top. Which sleeve pattern did you use? Were there many adjustments?
    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. I had the same question re: the sleeve--somehow, I must have missed that in earlier posts!

      I wonder about those pants on you, as you're really a petite person. Would you be swamped by all that fabric?

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    2. The sleeve pattern is my T&T sleeve. I added a bit more ease for the woven fabric. There's no pattern because it's developed over time. You could add a sleeve by tracing an armhole that has worked for you before and using that sleeve.

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    3. LOL - you're the second person to call me petite this week. Not at all how I think of myself but thank you. That style of pant typically balances my hips but it's best worn with a slimmer top. I'll try it and see.

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  4. Your top turned out well - I really like that accent pop of magenta.

    Regarding rentals - we live in Victoria were it has always been a landlord's market. we rented a basement suite in our house and then a 2nd house for years. November/December can be hard months to find people, with the holidays so take your time. We rented the house to three young guys one desperate January. Yikes! They were the best of a bad January lot. I said okay because I liked their dog! The dog was the best behaved of the lot. Fortunately they decided to move to Calgary before we had to kick them out. So be patient, especially since you're sharing your home.

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    1. Thank you for the compliments on the top and the advice on renting. I agree. I definitely want someone I can get along with well.

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  5. Your new top with leggings (?) really look great on you! Whatever you're doing is working!

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    1. They are leggings. Thank you. I'm not doing anything... except.... what I want to. The move has been fabulous for me. This community works for me. I'm getting involved and meeting lots of great people. I love my house. And Howard and I are enjoying more fun time together. It's really quite wonderful.

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  6. The blue pants!!! Oh, I so want those blue pants! Do you know/remember where those pants are from?

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    1. I own this very pair. It is from a German company Oska, last year's model. they are linen and yes they are fab!

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    2. I have a fabric with a similar print so I wonder if it was printed on to linen as well. These are knit leggings from Hue. Definitely last year. I bought them in the spring in the discount bin. They're actually shades of grey.

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  7. Love the - especially with the sleeves - very nice indeed! I also like more 'funky' clothes and those trousers are very inspiring!

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    1. Me too. And I love that I'm living somewhere where funky is okay. Lets me have a lot of fun.

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  8. Do you know the Origami Skirt by the Sewing Workshop? Two main pattern pieces, sewn on the straight but falls on the bias, looks like a skirt but wears like a pant ... it "looks like you", to me. I've made it several times, and am very happy with it.

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    1. LOL - you're right. It does look like me. I've made that pattern several times and I really like it. None of them are in circulation at the moment. I should make another one.

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