... with a new t-shirt. My fabric choosing criteria was not black so that it would definitely look and feel like something new. This knit has really nice drape and feels wonderful on.
The pattern is Katherine Tilton's Butterick 6136. When I first saw this pattern, I liked the slimming fit through the bust and the flared shape of the hips - especially since hugging the hips is an issue right now.
The first time I sewed the pattern, the results were less than best, due to the fabric, not the pattern. This time, I picked a fabric with better recovery and took the side seams in an additional 5/8" eliminating another 2 1/2" of ease. MUCH better. I'm not sure if I'll alter the pattern I have or trace a smaller size. Either would work but right now...
... I'm working with this very stable orange knit that goes well with the t-shirt fabric. I'd put it in the boxes for the thrift store and then pulled it back out. I almost never do that so I must really like it which means - to me at least - that I need to sew it right away. No more wiffle waffling. Sew Orange!
I debated a skirt or pants and decided on pants. And then I debated a wider leg or a narrower one and decided on the wider one. And then I started to pin the pattern and stopped, changed my mind, and decided on the narrower one. I was worried the wider leg might look like sweat pants. The pattern is Burda 7062 which I've sewn twice before. That was a factor too. I wanted to sew, not trace and alter a pattern.
Dots really interest me lately as do monochromatic details and medium/dark contrasts. I'm thinking about what I would like to sew next for when I'm finished with the orange fabric. The cropped sweater and dotted skirt have the highest level of inspiration right now.
For you, does the fabric come first... or the pattern... or the inspiration? When I'm refashioning garments or using remnants, the fabric comes first but often when I see an inspiration like these three garments above, I'll find a fabric that works and then a pattern to use as a base. From there, I begin and let the garment evolve without directly copying the inspiration. I want my own version. Right now, holes cut into the fabric versus dots sewn onto the fabric are dancing in my head.
Blogging is going to evolve yet... still... again. I enjoy writing about the finished object but I'm not enjoying the random posting dates. I preferred knowing which days I'd write and post on and I think a schedule makes for smoother communication. For now, I'll go back to posting on Wednesdays and Fridays and see what can happen once the studio finds its fall rhythm. I may add Mondays too. Thanks for hanging in with me while I figure out what works. I appreciate it.
On Sunday - October 9th - it will have been a year since I feel head first down fourteen stairs. Being grateful that I am (mostly) okay seems completely appropriate for this Thanksgiving weekend. While I have uneven hips of differing sizes, I am alive and mobile and this is good.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - life... LOL... and a new t-shirt