Friday, April 8, 2016

The Idea That Keeps Jumping Around In My Head

This past week, I was in Calgary visiting my daughter and her family and Wednesday's posting - obviously - didn't happen. In thinking it over, the middle of the week may not be the best choice so I'm going to try Friday postings for a while and we'll see how that goes. Theoretically, I'll get more done through the week and therefore will have more to talk about.





On Wednesday, I spent the day with my friend Mary. We went out for lunch, to Value Village, to Fabricland, and to Tandy Leather where I bought some remnants hoping they'd work for the final version of my daughter's purse. OH MY... what a wonder world that was of snaps and buckles and rivets and other hardware to say nothing of the beautiful leathers. I'll definitely visit there again. I enjoy making purses - especially with simple shapes like the one above - and I think it'd be fun to work with the remnants, dyes, and embossing supplies to see what could happen.





Mary took several pictures of me wearing the surface designed jeans with a black top and fabulous hair that somehow managed to stay looking great even in a wind - LOL.. or at least in my dreams - only they weren't on the camera when I went to download them. Too weird. I'll try again. I really wanted to show you some finished pictures.





The stretch denim jeans I made using the same pattern lasted two wearings and then the seam pulled apart at center front... I'm assuming because of the high degree of stretch needed for my curvy hips only there's so much stretch in this fabric that it doesn't really make sense plus the seam was serged and top stitched. Has this happened to you? Do you have any suggestions for sewing a more secure seam? I won't have the jeans but I did get to test the better crotch curve and I will have the fabric. I plan to serge it into more strips and then use them to work on the idea that keeps jumping around in my head for creating a open weave fabric that could be used as a hem, collar, or sleeves. It'll be labour intensive but...





... for some reason I don't fully understand, but that just is, I enjoy labour intensive projects. I found these two images in Pinterest one night when I wasn't sleeping. The grey one would be fabulous sewn out of linen and the gold one has the look of a fine boiled wool. All those dots would be too fun... and labour intensive.





When I'm at home, I don't spend any time snoop shopping on-line but when I'm away, it's a great way to gather inspiration.  Both of these tops look like potential refashioning ideas and these...



 


... are interesting pants. I like funky pants and I need to be careful. I've put on some weight since falling in October and I was already a little too fluffy so now I'm super fluffy and I've noticed that I'm dressing baggy because I feel uncomfortable. I need a better solution.





These two top ideas intrigued me. The one at left is a combination of knitting and woven yardage which I'm working on as a goal and the one at right is a fun way to play with a knit, not necessarily a plain one. I have several fabrics in stash that could be used with this inspiration. The skirt is fun too... for the right figure... not mine.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - happy visits, baby snuggles, good friends, and inspiration

10 comments:

  1. Perhaps that last skirt would be flattering on you. All the volume is on the bottom - just like all the pants that you are showing. If that style of pant looks good than the skirt should. It may depend on the fabric. I am just under 5'4", so long skirts aren't usually flattering, but that one looks fun.
    I wonder if there was an inherent weakness (or invisible flaw) in the fabric where it pulled out from the seam on the pants?

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    1. Me too. I'm also just under 5'4". I like longer skirts but only if they are cleanly styled or more detailed than full. Heels help. I think that one would extend my hip width all the way down rather than give me shape but if it were belled somehow... maybe.

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  2. It's hard to realize that the garments you love are not lovely on your body. Sigh. I don't gravitate to funky pants but I am always looking for interesting jacket and top details but there is a fine line. All of those over sized tops and blouses are not so lovely on my DD bust. Volume in clothing is hard to wear if you are at all curvy, even thin curvy has a hard time looking good.
    Fabric or stitching pulled apart? The only time I've had issues like this have been with weak fabric. I had a pair of brocade rtw pants that pulled apart at the seam. Adding some fusible interfacing along the seam might help. I also don't like pull on pants unless they are ponte or other knit with enough stretch to pull over my full hip easily.

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    1. A fine line... yes... exactly. You're right about curvy figures. They typically look better in clothing that is clean, simple and closer to the body. Perhaps that's why I like details and shape more than fullness. I feel comfortable in that look except I really like interesting pants. It appears that I balance them with plainer tops and statement jewelry.

      The fabric pulled apart. It makes sense that it's the fabric because I've never had that issue before. I've made several denim pull on jeans and it's been okay with my curves. Combining a zipper and an elastic waistband is something I want to try next.

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  3. I agree with the other entries that the fabric was weak or there was a slight flaw right there. In my case, a rent seam is usually a reminder to get on the treadmill and make the fluffy stuff move to some other part of my body. It likes to stay on my tummy and hips unless I walk on the treadmill -- then it gets stored somewhere less visible although I'm not sure where. I'm certainly not losing it -- I'm just rearranging it.

    Waiting all week until Friday for my "Myrna fix" will be tough -- but if I must, I must. I always enjoy reading your blog so -- whatever works for you. Hugs, Charmion

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    1. Treadmill... hmm... not likely to happen but I am getting out and walking more. Right now, I've come down with a terrible cold thanks to my grandchildren so that's keeping me on the couch. In my case, I think fluffy means eat different and I'm finding that difficult. I know exactly what you mean by rearranging.

      I'll see how Fridays work and if it doesn't, I'll make another change. When I haven't been doing much in the studio I feel like I'm just talking and I don't want to do that. I want to have something meaningful to write about.

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  4. I agree with Nancy K that garments with extra volume usually don't flatter curvy bodies. That said, fluid and drapey fabrics can be the exception but it takes a careful eye to pull it off successfully. I feel that snoop shopping, trying on styles that one doesn't normally wear can help take out the guess work. Karen

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    1. I've found that fabrics with drape and a "solid" hand - as in not too flimsy - work quite well. Personally, I'm uncomfortable in really thin or thick fabrics. I like ones that flow but have shape. Trying on styles I don't normally wear has lead to new directions a few times. That's fun. Mostly I seem to know what I like and I'm finding ways to make those styles more interesting although it seems a never ending journey... which is good... I don't want to be bored.

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  5. Myrna, I would love to follow you on Pinterest - would it be possible for you to give me your name there? I did search you (stalker!!!) but I couldn't see a garment page. I did find lots of people who'd pinned from you though!!
    Thanks for another thought provoking and inspiring post!

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    1. LOL - I'm signed up so I can see my daughter's pages but I don't have any of my own... or Facebook... or Twitter. The blog is it. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

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