Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fun... And Done

Some ideas are simply stepping stones to other ideas and aren't meant to be "finished" or at least to be finished at this stage. Take...





... this quilted lining. It was the starting point for the blue coat. I sewed it first to test the frankenpatterned design and then set it aside while I put together the top layer. In the end, I used a different lining and this one is left... ready to become the starting point of another garment. Next time, I'll turn it over and applique the design to the flannel backing and let this blue side become the inside. Later. For now....





... I am glad to be finished this project. Although I'm quite happy with how it turned out, it was labour intensive and time consuming.





Serger strips are used throughout. For each strip, I stitched with the serger, cut off the strip, and top stitched it with pink thread. There are hundreds of strips. That took several days and...





... the project took several weeks. And that's okay. I like sewing these little garments. The buttons are purple. The top one is actually small but tucked below the collar. The first visible one is larger and the...





... next five are smaller. Varying the button size was a tip Marcy Tilton gave me at one of the Design Outside the Lines retreats and I try to keep it in mind whenever possible. Apparently I'm in a purple button phase because I've used these on the last two projects. When I took Barb to the bus in Vernon - 45 minutes away - I stopped at the Fabricland there for more purple buttons because the Fabricland here was sold out.





Most of the serger strips along the hem are stitched to the lining. The top strip is stitched to the upper layer and first then through both layers to hold them together. At first, I wanted the lining to hang free only the folds  of the two layers didn't lay nicely so I stitched them together. To finish the collar at center back, I tied the strips in knots and then cut them the length of the loops. It works.





The sleeves are pieced with an upper and lower section. The stitching on the upper section is vertical and on the lower section is horizontal. The thread gave more energy to the denim fabric and the change in direction gave even more energy to the sleeve. I chose the denim fabric to give the coat a more spring/fall look toning down the brightness of the floral and striped fabrics. I like the way the sleeves brought together the collar, hem, and serger details.

And now, I'm working on a purse. It should be done for Friday's posting.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the blue coat is fun... and done. YES YES !

10 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Myrna! What lucky person is getting that!? Great ideas, great execution!

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    1. Thanks Gayle. It's not for anyone in particular... which is one of the things I like about sewing small garments. I can just play with ideas without dealing with any emotions or expectations around fit.

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  2. Wow - so cute! This little coat is just full of creative, fun elements. I so admire your ability to follow through on such a labor intensive garment. Making an actual garment seems more satisfying than just making samples of ideas. Karen

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    1. Thank you. Making the garment is satisfying; making the samples keeps me from running in the wrong direction. They both work great together. The small coat is a sample of another sort. Now I can take these ideas into a Myrna sized piece with confidence.

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  3. Love, love, love it Myrna! Brilliant. I can just see a little one twirling and swirling in this amazing coat. Thank you for sharing your artwork and process.

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    1. Thank you... and you're welcome. Thanks for sharing it with me.

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  4. I think you're totally right about the stitching on the sleeves giving energy to the denim. Very well put and also very succesful!

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