Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What A Machine Can't Do

It's mid morning Tuesday and I just wandered around the house tidying things up before writing this auto post and then heading into Kamloops for errands and a dinner date with my husband. I always prefer coming home to a clean space and being able to go right to the studio rather than getting side tracked by a mess I should have dealt with earlier. Besides... I'm really excited about the direction my jeans are going in... but... more of that in a minute.





When I was in Calgary my daughter - supported by my son-in-law - very kindly told me that I absolutely can not wear this top in public. Apparently, it is way too big for me and not at all flattering. Who knew. My son-in-law said and not the pants either... which were one of my favourite pairs... but I listened, retired the pants, and made some polka dot pajama pants to go with the top. LOL - pretty soon I'm going to have an entire pajama wardrobe.





As promised, here's a picture of the magic dress - Vogue 1410 - that I wore to the gallery opening Friday night. Black is almost impossible to photograph so I added the earlier version from last year. You can see how sleeves and a different fabric create an entirely different look. That's part of the three or more process  that I outlined in the previous - bonus Monday - posting. I love how we can evolve a pattern to the point that most people wouldn't even know that this garment and that garment came from the same source. Too fun.






When I get back into the studio, I'll finish the surface designed jeans. The main pieces are done, the pockets are in, and I'm almost ready to sew up the final seams. They're coming along great although, as you'll see in the above video, there's an "extra challenge". Ironically, I talk in the video about our marks and how unique they are in a way that a machine can't do. This is definitely a unique mark and...






... although I did find a remnant of the denim big enough to re-do the piece, it was after I'd already inserted the fly front and come up with several possibilities that I'd much rather explore over an easy answer. I'll learn a lot more that way.

Thanks for the all the feedback on the videos. I'm glad they were so well received and I'd definitely like to do more of them to share my projects and process. Deciding on the three is more way of working has given me some guidelines to work within without creating a prison and I'm feeling quite energized about where this is going to go. YES YES





The cotton sweater that I'm refashioning goes fabulously with the jeans. I definitely want to get that done asap and wear them together. And maybe sew a top to go with too.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - feeling energized

13 comments:

  1. That is a paisley shaped blotch if I have ever seen one. Just sayin'. I am in Saskatoon, helping out my mom who is in something of a health crisis. At present she is in the hospital, but she is in the middle of a giant quilt project, so her sewing room is off limits. It just occurred to me yesterday afternoon that she has a spare machine that I can set up in the dining room, so I bought a new pattern for a top and a couple of lengths of fabric. Ahhh. Sewing. Hopefully I will be back in Calgary by April. It would be great to see you.

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    1. OH... I'll play with the paisley idea. Thanks. I'm glad you've figured out how to sew and can de-stress while dealing with this situation. YES. We'll keep in touch about Calgary.

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  2. Hi Myrna,the black dress looks as if there might be another layer at the bottom. Did you do something different at the bottom or is it just the photo? I remember trying on your dress last year at DOL in Ashland. Such fun!

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    1. Nothing was changed so it must just be the photo. I remember the dress looking great on you. I hope you sew it some time.

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  3. So, can you cut the pockets for,your jeans from the dark latch and maybe do a bit of "reverse" painting with some lighter colors as the design on the pockets? Use same tools, just light grey, off white, etc. so it's reverse of the colors but same design? Or maybe use color remover with same stencils and remove the black paint using the stencils as a guide? Choices.....

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    1. I debated reverse painting and might make a few samples just to see what happens. I'll try silver on the dark instead of bleach just to limit what I'm playing with for now. I want to push each idea as much as possible.

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  4. Just to let you know I have been inspired by your personal journey and love reading your blog. Thanks for all the sewing and fabric play!

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    1. Thank you. I really appreciate knowing that what I write is helpful. I'm glad you enjoy the blog. I enjoy writing it.

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  5. I am new to reading your blogs, and I especially love your calm perspective when unexpected challenges happen. This is so helpful for understanding the creative process doesn't end when I want it to, and that I should expect the unexpected as I sew and fit, as well as determine if I even like the result. Instead of wadders, I am beginning to imagine fixes and/or repurposing possibilities. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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    1. I've gotten to the point where it's boring not to make a mistake. They take me on unexpected journeys and really push my creativity. The process definitely doesn't end when we want it to; it ends when the piece says it's finished. I hope you come to enjoy mistakes as much as I do.

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  6. The fabric looks wonderful. I can't wait for the next instalment to see what you do. I like the idea of "reverse painting" as suggested above. I have been trying to think what I would do (other than give up) and maybe I would try to piece that section of the leg using some interesting seam lines.

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    1. Thanks. I finished the patch for the spill area and it turned out great. Now I'm debating if I need more "mistakes" to balance. It's fabulous that you're thinking of what you might do. That's a great way to learn and you can try out the options you think of - with or without a spill.

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  7. I love your whole outfit. It's always satisfying to see great sewing patterns being made

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