That's why there's a bonus posting this week. I have an answer and I'm really excited about the plan. I'm calling it Three or More. When I find a pattern that I really love, I will sew it three or more times once for fit, once to include surface design elements, and once to include architectural elements and added details.
Sewing the three versions certainly doesn't have to be consecutively but for now, I will sew them consecutively otherwise I might find myself always fitting and never moving on to the other two. It's a way to avoid avoidance. Not every pattern will get sewn three times. I'll only take forward the patterns that have potential because if I don't like it once, I'm not going to like it three times either. That's unnecessary pressure and wouldn't accomplish my goals.
I'm starting with jeans. Last week, I sewed another pair of out of print Burda 8157 trousers in denim. This less clingy style looks much better on my figure than traditional jean styles. I've sewn it before out of stretch denim. This time I sewed it using non-stretch denim that I have enough yardage of to make another pair so that...
... I could fit the first pair and surface design the second pair with confidence before sewing those pieces together. When it comes to surface design, I'm barely beyond beginner but I really want to learn and the only way to learn is to do.
I thought you might like to share the process so I made a series of videos - five so far - detailing the decisions I made. Things did not go where I thought they were going but I'm really happy with the results. I've finished the sample and two steps on the front and back pieces. Today, I'm painting.
There will be at least one more video to show the finished jeans. Let me know what you think of the videos. I've been giving a lot of thought to my blog, why I write it, and what I want it to be about. I want it to support and encourage you in your creativity. I want it to be inspirational. And, I want to share what I know and what I'm working on.
Talk soon - Myrna
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