Friday, October 7, 2016

Sew Orange!

After touching every single piece of fabric I own, my goal for this fall is to put together some new outfits - hopefully ones that mix and match - while avoiding orphan garments. As I mentioned in a previous post, both time and wear & tear are showing on my current wardrobe. It needs significant work. I started...





... 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

10 comments:

  1. I like your "not black" fabric choice, and am looking forward to seeing the completed outfit. The dots and spirals made me chuckle, as those two things are showing up everywhere in my creative endeavors right now, from drawings to tops to pillows. I'm playing with ragged edge applique, but you've just inspired me to try cutting out a few big dots next. Whatever posting schedule works for you, works for me. I also look forward to seeing your name pop up on my dashboard.

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    1. Big dots with ragged edge applique sounds like fun. Hmm...

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  2. I agree with you about posting regularly on Wednesdays and Fridays. Since yours is one of my favorite blogs, I always looked forward to the Wednesday and Friday posts about your creative evolution. Keep up the good work!

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    1. LOL - thanks. I'm glad it works for you and we'll see where blogging goes. It's nice to know you enjoy the blog.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Ours isn't for another month, but an extra dose of 'grateful' is always a good idea! Grateful for the privilege to share your sewing and life adventures!

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    1. Extra grateful is definitely a good idea. It makes the world a much better place.

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  4. I try not to buy fabric unless I have something specific in mind for it (you know how THAT works out....not so well) so some of my stash, at least, is fabric I bought for a specific pattern and then either left it so long that I didn't want to make that pattern any more, or else decided that I didn't want to make the pattern out of that specific fabric any more. I've had to put my sewing on hold for a bit as I have a large painting project I must complete, and I am battling anemia right now so my energy is limited. I have a tunic cut out though, from fabric I've had at least 20 years! I just knew it would come back in style!
    Thanksgiving wishes to you as well. Here's to a year with continued wellness, energy, health and inspiration!

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    1. It's always interesting to me how people approach the same thing differently. I only buy fabric on sale unless it's as a souvenir so I rarely know what I'm going to make, perhaps a general idea. I buy for and sew out of my stash which is one reason why I set space limits on it or I'd be buying a LOT more. There are always good sales.

      Anemia can be really difficult to deal with. Please take good care of yourself so you can spend time creating. Even a little bit will be energizing. HUGS and enjoy painting.

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  5. Most of the time it starts with inspiration, for me a garment I've seen on Pinterest or websites like The Line, or Bergdorf Goodman's Contemporary collection, and I'll look in my stash for an appropriate fabric. Other times I start with the fabric, like coating I've bought because it was on sale. Right now I am trying to use fabrics that are, like you, other than black or gray. I like your inspiration garments; they are very 'you'. I love the top.

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    1. LOL - I'm sure I'll be back to black and grey soon since they are core but breaking out every once in a while is nice.

      THANKS - how fun that you think the inspiration garments are me. I think they'd be fun to sew too.

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