Friday, March 17, 2017

Beige And Boring Before

Today, I spent the morning hour finishing knitting the last piece of a cardigan that refused to co-operate yesterday. It seems I can't read instructions because I kept zigging instead of zagging but did finally get back on the correct path and ended exactly right - with 4" of yarn to spare. I love when things like that happen. You pull the seam out of the machine and the bobbin thread ends just exactly when and where you'd prefer it to end. Thinking to mention these lovely coincidences on the blog prompted my memory - the blog - what blog - LOL ! ! ! ! I hadn't written today's post yet.





The cardigan refashion is making progress. It was beige and boring before and is evolving step-by-step into something I'll enjoy wearing. Originally, I intended to open the side and underarm seams, remove the sleeves, lift the shoulder point, and sew it all back together only....





... and thankfully... I realized that a faster and more creative way to do that would be to take out the excess shoulder width by sewing a pleat at the back.





I started by serging off the edging hoping to use it again later and then sewed and pressed the pleat. I also fused knit interfacing to the sleeves and shortened them to three-quarter length. Both of these choices created a more flattering and better fitting cardigan but...



 


... it still had a frumpy overtone from the front so I spent several days shifting the hemline and neckline shapes every time I walked into the studio. After choosing the asymmetrical hemline...





... I tried it on to make sure the hem ended at a flattering point on my body. In the picture above, I'm wearing the skirt I sewed a couple weeks ago. The skirt and the cardigan go together well. Now that I've decided on the hemline, I'm working on how to finish the cardigan. The only fabric I had in stash that went with is a polyester taffeta. It has possibilities.





When I'm working on a refashion, I keep all the parts and pieces until the project is complete. In the picture above right, I'm playing with the idea of using the cut off cuffs as collar parts. They meet at the back which adds another interesting design element although I haven't decided yet if I like the collared look. And I'm debating closures.





Did you see the grommets Diane used as closures in her latest linen remake?  They are fabulous. Learning to think like this is one of the reasons why I continue to take coaching sessions with Diane and - in fact - closures is one of the things we discussed this past Tuesday. I'm also working on a series of purses from hand painted fabric and want to create the straps and closures from supplies I don't normally use so I'm challenging myself to find them in non-fabric store environments like a hardware or a kitchen store. It's fun to move in new directions.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a supportive, encouraging, energizing coach

10 comments:

  1. The sweater is a gorgeous colour and looks great on you. It looks good with the collar and without. Love the pleat in the back.
    The new bag handle is interesting.
    You're looking mighty fine too.
    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. Thanks for the compliments on the sweater and weight loss. Losing is a bit stalled right now but I'm hopeful the plateau will be over soon. The item you think is a bag handle is actually a necklace that I saw on Pintrest and isn't mine. It's inspiration for using hardware supplies. I should have noted that. .

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  2. I vote collar! Just the idea of repurposing and 'repositioning' is cool! Color is way better, too...nice choice.

    becky

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    1. I think whether or not the collar stays will depend on the closure I figure out but I'm leaning toward having it.

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  3. I'm of the opinion that beige is not a flattering color on most women over 50. I love wearing clear, warm colors even if it's just a scarf. The blue dyed cardigan is lovely and I like the interesting hemline. Karen

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    1. I think the ability to wear beige depends more on the person's colouring than age. I have seen it look fabulous on some women however, I definitely believe that as we age we need to brighten our make-up to avoid a faded look or an overdone one. The cardigan is coming together. I'm pleased so far.

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  4. Amazing transformation and a real lesson for me; I would never even LOOK at anything beige (I have beige hair, sadly......grey and the remnants of the original dark red.....) but this is stellar.

    ceci

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    1. I often find wonderful fabrics or garments in non-Myrna colours so I'm learning to think about whether or not it's worth over-dyeing. It opens up more possibilities.

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  5. I like where you're going with the color and lines on the refashion. I like it with the collar, but maybe it would read different on you vs. the form? I'm trying to think what kind of closure you come up with that would say yay or nay to the collar.

    Could you point me to where you've written about what equipment you use for dyeing? Based on my memory of doing a small tie-dye project in HS Home Ec, I can't imagine dyeing a whole garment. But maybe things have gotten easier to use for home dyeing in the last 40 years?

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    1. I used iDye in the washing machine and it was really easy. Each package will dye up to a certain amount of fabric weight so when I did another two other sweaters, I threw in yardage with them and came out with co-ordinated bits. Works wonderful.

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