Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I Made This Outfit

If you've been wondering if I'm ever going to sew anything again, today is the day. I made this outfit to wear to a Women In Business luncheon on Monday. It seemed like an easy answer to what do you do - an artist working with yarn, fabric, and wire. VBG - how fun is that? I don't think the group and I were a good match but the outfit and I got along quite well.





I'm still exploring photography options. This filter is called Vanilla in my photo editing software. I have no idea what that means but I do like the way it makes the cardigan look elegant, rich, and sophisticated.





From the first time I saw them - as in for YEARS ago - I have wanted a pair of Fluevog shoes only they are way and beyond my budget so I was delighted to - finally - find this pair at a consignment store on the weekend. Orange wouldn't have been my first choice but there was no time to be fussy. I can work with orange.

Just as when I bought a ring earlier this year, the owner said that she could have sold these several times over but they were too small for everyone. And again - yes, yes - not too small for me. They are not overly comfortable but that's beside the point. I'll just wear them for sit down occasions or get some gel inserts.






I followed the pattern measurements to create my version of the Aurea Cardigan although I used a different stitch pattern. The yarn is Diamond brand, Traditional. It's lovely to knit with and has great body. I'm not sure what size Berroco used on the model in this picture because the collar sits radically different then on mine and I used narrow measurements... however... that's okay although I may try the pattern again with an even narrower front so the collar will lay flat as shown.





I'm still working on getting my photography area set up. Yesterday, I ordered some lights on stands and for these pictures, I optioned several backdrops. The ones I like best are knit fabrics that won't wrinkle and be  high maintenance so I'll keep watch for appropriate ones on sale. I need five meters for each with a casing sewn at the top so they can be strung onto a dowel and hung from the ceiling... somewhere where there will be no see-thru area just above my head.



 


The dress is Vogue 9268 in the shorter length. I did very little to modify the pattern. The only change was to shorten the center back length by 1/2" although I left the length in the front and eased it in along the sides for a full bust adjustment - a B to C cup. I don't think it hits at the most flattering point on my leg so I may try the longer length next time. OH... and after the fact I did change the neckline. The original was a much tighter and higher V on me than it was shown on the pattern cover so I widened and lowered it.

Light is not a value I normally wear so it's a bit surprising to see myself in this light grey. I'm not sure I like it as it feels BIG but maybe it'll grow on me with time. Or maybe I'll lose those pounds again that I gained back... or not... we'll see.



 


Supposedly Millicent - my dress form - and I are the same size however she is more rounded and I am more flat and wide so even though the measurements are the same, our figures differ. LOL - she still does a good job of letting me design clothing though and I like that.





Yesterday, I worked some more on the simple neckline necklace. It feels like the project that just won't finish but I am almost done and I'm looking forward to sharing it asap and to getting on to the next thing.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful
- my very one Fluevogs

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your outfit! I like the effect of your stand up collar cardigan vs the flatter collar on the model. As long as its not itchy..... And the shoes, what a find! I don't wear orange close to my face but have found that orange shoes go with a lot of my basics......

    ceci

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    1. It's not itchy. It's very comfortable. YES YES - the shoes. I have an orange with black/pink design linen that I've been hanging onto for years. They'll go well together.

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  2. I LOVE the stand-up collar. It adds a contemporary flair to the sweater, and it gives the overall outfit a shot of pizzazz - and the picture of you wearing it is just radiant. All the proportions look just great on you!

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  3. You and your outfit make a beautiful and elegant pair. Another vote for the stand-up collar; I think it's perfect.

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    1. Thanks. It's an easy dress pattern to sew - back, front, sleeves - and could be a great blank canvas. The same with the cardigan. I really like the way it fits so I've been thinking of ways to lengthen and add to the bodice section to create other styles. LOVE when a pattern does that for me.

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  4. Love the outfit and would go great with boots for colder weather. Think your collar is much more flattering than original.

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    1. Thank you. It would look great with boots. I have some very comfortable ones I bought for my brother's wedding but they're the indoors not trucking through the snow kind of boots. The collar is very comfortable.

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  5. I'm loving the hemline, Myrna! Cute outfit!

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    1. Thanks. I really like the simple drapes too.

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  6. I also like your version of the cardigan much more than the one on the model. Yours is a beautiful neckline – love the way it frames your face. And it looks great with the dress and your necklace. You look so pretty. I also think it shows your eyes to good advantage. I realize you normally wear glasses and perhaps you are wearing eye makeup for these shots but your eyes look spectacular. I think you look great in the pale grey. It's you we see. And good catch on the Fluevogs.

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    1. I use that neckline shaping quite frequently as I do agree that it flatters me. A few months ago, I had my make-up updated. I specifically wanting to know how to show my eyes off more while wearing glasses which works when I take them off for the picture as well. I didn't want the flash. I have contacts but rarely wear them. Thanks for the encouragement with the colour.

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  7. The grey really puts the focus on your face, which looks quite gorgeous, by the way. The dress may feel big, but the drape of the fabric makes it looks great. You achieved a wonderful fit on the top and the orange shoes give the whole outfit a pop of color. I would wager there were many women at the event slightly envious at how chic and yet comfortable your ensemble looked.

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    1. LOL - Thank you. I stopped by the consignment shop where I'd bought the shoes because they knew I was planning to wear them to the luncheon and the ladies were highly complimentary and wanting me to sew for them. A nice compliment but no thanks.

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    1. It's a great pattern. I'm sure I'll try another version of it some time soon.

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  9. I love this outfit and think it looks great on you! So chic!

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    1. Chic...ooooh... I like that. Thank you.

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  10. This is a very successful outfit. The silhouette works and is quite stylish. Karen

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    1. I really appreciate all this positive feedback. Thank you.

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  11. Light grey is one of your colours! It really highlights your beautiful skin and stylish hair as does the stand up collar. I also think the length of the dress is just right. Longer might look dowdy and also add visual weight to you as we wouldn't be able to see your legs which balance the volume of the skirt nicely. A fabulous outfit!!
    P.S. I wear orange with neutrals regularly - it really makes them pop.

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    1. LOL - thank you. Today I was exploring an orange-ish yarn for a cardigan. Apparently colour is wanting to appear in my wardrobe more.

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  12. This outfit looks amazing on you! I love the dress and the cardigan. Such a nice twist on "basics" (dress and cardigan). Lovely work!

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.