Friday, May 20, 2016

A Year Or A Day

Resting is a LOT of work. It's going to be a long month and possibly longer. Maybe with lots of practice, I'll get better at it. For most of the weekend, I knit. On Monday, I read and rested. On Tuesday, a friend was here for the day and we talked, knit, sewed, and went for lunch. On Wednesday and Thursday, I worked in the studio and I have a finished dress to show - YES YES.

The procedure on my hip went well. Trying to work with the tension bandages did not. I am way too curvy for stretchy things to stay put. The bandage either rolled up, rolled down, came apart, or fell off so I eventually switched to shaper pantyhose, cut the feet off, and wore those... for the first six days... at which point I gave up because by then the swelling was back and my right thigh was already two inches bigger than my left.

When the radiologist looked at the ultrasound, he said, I know what you have - trochanteric bursa - which is the technical term for hip bursitis. Apparently right where my hip hit the stair nose is exactly where the bursa sack is. He says I've definitely injured it and possibly burst it and treatment ranges from cortisone shots to orthopedic surgery depending.





The confusing part for me was that the trochanteric bursa is on the side of the hip but not where the actual hip joint is. It's separated by tissue and bone. Who knew. I kept saying it's not on my hip plus a key point of diagnosis is that it's too sore to sleep on. Apparently, I have a high pain threshold because that's my favourite side.

The activities to avoid are the activities I've been doing in order to heal the hematoma only that turned out not to be the whole problem. It sounds like it was hematoma plus bursitis so... I'm still resting... avoiding hills... avoiding stairs... and playing in the studio while I wait to see the surgeon and discover what is next.





Joyce, my neighbour across the street, is ninety. She shares a house with her daughter who is in her early sixties. Living together makes it possible for both of them to have a house and they seem to do quite well. Joyce enjoys her garden, flowers, walks and puttering in the yard. She also likes baking. I received a basket of biscuits warm out of the oven that I immediately added butter and honey to and enjoyed thoroughly.

I've been taken very good care of with calls, emails, and visits from friends and family. THANK YOU so much for all the well wishes after last Friday's post and for the understanding around Chloe. Now when I think of her, I think of her happy with Shirley and it's great.





The dress is Vogue 9112, which they describe as an asymmetrical, seam-detail dress. Marcy calls it the Cirque dress.  This garment either took a year or a day depending on your perspective. I cut it out in May 2015 to take to the Design Outside the Lines Retreat  and then didn't work on it until yesterday when I sewed it from start to finish. It's a very simple and fun design.





The fabric I used is an ancient piece from the stash - a black eyelet with two scalloped edges. I cut the collar with the scallop along the top edge and then cut off the rest to use someday. Apparently, someday was now. That's not usually how it goes.





Here's what the collar looked like. The straight edge is where the finished edge would be. A length of scallop was cut extending from each edge and then turned and stitched in place with a narrow zigzag. The excess fabric underneath is trimmed away.






I made a video to show what I mean. If you have any feedback on how I can make these videos even better, I'd appreciate hearing it. They're fun to make and hopefully helpful.





AND... this is what the collar looks like on the dress. It's very soft but the tucks give it body and help it stand and hold a shape. This fabric was in stash forever and ever and ever because I just couldn't think of what to make it with it and then I saw this pattern made up in white eyelet. I can't remember where or if that fabric had a scalloped edge but I'm really glad to have finally used my fabric with this pattern.





Typically when I cut off a selvage, it ends up in stash waiting for an opportunity. After I'd sewn on the collar, I was looking for a way to finish the armholes and auditioning different binding options when the thought occurred to use the scallop on the armhole... and then on the hem... which took virtually all there was... and turned out perfect. How fun!





Although I cut the dress out in a larger size, I was able to adjust the side seams to fit. Above are my two dress forms. My upper body now fits the one on the left. My lower body is probably somewhere in between. Counting calories and watching what I'm eating has been a bit harder this last couple weeks but moving to the smaller dress form is certainly encouraging.





I knit a capelet for a friend who is going through a rough time. I'm hoping to take it to her today... if it's dry from blocking. It's a red merino wool/silk combination yarn and has three repeats of the lace pattern around the lower edge but otherwise it's the same as the teal one I made in December. Quick, easy, attractive and a warm hug because my friend is always cold.

An eyelet dress needs an under-dress. I want to work on that today and - hopefully - wear the dress on Saturday night to a "welcome home" party for a friend. If the weather is nice, that is. Right now, it's threatening rain which is bad for sleeveless dresses and excellent for studio time.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - possible hip solutions, a finished dress

22 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear about your hip troubles, Myrna, but glad that you have a diagnosis and treatment, even if it means being still when you want to move. The Cirque dress in eyelet is very pretty and I like your collar trim.

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    1. LOL - there are lots of "be still" things to do in the studio, a pro to the con. I really love the dress. It's such a simple pattern and easy wearing.

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  2. Great idea to use the scalloping to finish your edges! I do have one suggestion for your video making--when working with dark fabric, it would be a good idea for you to wear light colored clothing. That way when you lift up the piece in front of your body it doesn't disappear into your clothing.
    I hope your recovery goes smoothly, and I'm glad it's not preventing you from getting into the sewing studio!

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    1. THANK YOU - not wearing black will be a challenge but I'll definitely be more aware of the background.

      I think the recovery will be stop and start while they figure things out but hopefully one day soon it'll be all forward. I'm definitely finding ways to play in the studio.

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  3. Hello Sweet Myrna, I'm glad to hear your procedure is over and sending you wished for continued wellness and pain relief. I love your Cirque dress idea and the use of eyelet for the collar. We just got back from our trip and are catching up on life. This Am it feels like I'm coming down with yet another cold - my 4th. Traveling must have been too much exposure for my system :(

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    1. Four colds - this is not good. Take care of yourself especially as you have another trip coming up. I can't wait to hear about it. Glad you like the dress. It's a wonderful pattern. You might like it too.

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  4. Myrna that is a wonderful dress! The fabric is perfect for that collar - so light and so structured at the same time. I'm looking forward to seeing it w/its underdress on lovely you! That image of the hip mechanism made my eyes water imagining you w/your poor bursa and the pain you have endured. Resting is a lot of work for an active person like you. I hope it will resolve and improve as time passes. Thinking of you! xoxox Claire

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    1. Thank you. The debate is on about if the under-dress is going to be black or some other color. I haven't started on it yet. The weather is co-operating so I'm playing with a different project. I get to explore the concept of "active rest". I think it's about keeping my mind challenged in some way. YES YES. Thanks for the good thoughts.

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    2. OH what an exciting possibility - a non black underdress. I've been thinking about your dress b/c I have a bag of vintage lace pieces that I think I could sew together and make a dress out of. And then make an underdress or two. And I don't see why the underdress needs to be the same color as the lace dress. Oscar de la Renta's lace dresses showed a variety - some were black on black and some were, say ecru lace over salmon silk. . . You and Oscar have inspired me to get out that lace and see what I can do with it! Oscar is in good company!

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    3. LOL - I have a large collection of black fabric but I will see what I have that is non-black and perhaps make two under-dresses at the same time. Too fun that Oscar and I are hanging out together.

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  5. Your two favourite colours, purple and/or lime green, would look fabulous under the black eyelet.
    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. LOL - I meant the weather is NOT co-operating. YES... either would look fabulous. Maybe I'll make more than one so I can choose depending on my mood.

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  6. The dress looks fabulous. Hope you are resting and healing.

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    1. Thanks. I'm doing my best to rest.

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  7. Hi Myrna, I just caught up with several weeks of your posts due to much upheaval/moving/illness/"life" in our lives and I felt I had to write to wish you well in your convalescence. Life has been challenging for you lately and yet here you are posting about the most gorgeous dress that you have managed to produce with your usual creative thoughtfulness. I only wish I was capable of the same at this time! Your dress is fantastic and I will be anxious to see pictures of you in it. On the mannequin, it oozes style and chic and if it were mine, I would be tempted to create a series of liner dresses in a variety of colours to be able to change it up at whim or need to really max out the potential it carries within it. Wishing you well in the next little bit... :-)

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    1. What a lovely compliment. Thank you. HUGS in your challenges. Make sure to take care of yourself. SO important.

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  8. Sending healing thoughts your way. Be sure to rest!!!! Love your dress,the eyelet,and what a great video. I like one commenters remark to make a variety of under slips in different colors, keeping your options open. You know what they say... You can always tell how a woman feels about herself by how many pairs of black pants she has hanging in her closet;) this I remind myself as I try to reform my own Gothic ways.

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    1. Thanks. LOL - but black is one of my favourite colors. I love the way it shows off statement jewelry. That said, this isn't the neckline for a necklace so the lining may need to make the statement.

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  9. That particular bursa can get people into trouble if they lie on their sides to paint odd wall spaces (as happened to a friend of mine). I hope you won't need surgery.

    The dress is terrific!

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    1. ... which means it'd be really great if I could stop waking up lying on that side. Hmm... not sure how I do that but...

      THANKS - I like it too.

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  10. Maybe starting on your back and using pillows under your knees?

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    1. I think you're referring to when sleeping. Now that they have drained the hematoma, the area is much softer and I don't seem to be sleeping on it as much especially as I'm sure they used a gigantic needle. The entry point is still bruised and sore. I wake up on the other side, which is also what I'm doing when watching TV or reading to keep the hip the high point. THANKS for the suggestion.

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