Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Perfect Sew

With over forty years of sewing experience, it is still rare for me to create a piece that is smooth sailing from start to finish and ends up exactly the way I'd envisioned. It happened this past Saturday. The time before that was back in August 2017. You could almost call it the perfect sew except that I also like the journey of not knowing and the journey of mistakes, which I guess means all sewing is perfect, but this experience was smooth in a comforting, hands moving with ease, enjoyable way.





Using a textured linen from my stash, I adapted the shorter length Butterick 5786 by eliminating the button opening, the collar, and the cuffs and making it more of a tunic than a shirt. It's a very comfortable, pop it over your head, and relax into its softness kind of top.





I painted silver shoes to go with this outfit as well as finished the silver necklace. Both the pendant and the beads were made earlier for different pieces that were only okay. By taking both pieces apart and combining them in a new formation with different beads, the end result is SO MUCH BETTER. I really like it.

One of the eccentric things I've learned about myself through this outfit project is that I am completely comfortable wearing a bold, over-sized, outspoken, statement necklace and feel uncomfortable in a collar. I tend toward a simple neckline with a self-made bias edge like I used here. It's an interesting awareness to explore. Is there a collar that would feel comfortable?





We learn to do the work by doing the work and one thing I learn over time and repetition is how to do the work neater and with a higher and higher degree of craftsmanship. Making the knit necklace meant exploring several new concepts from knitted cords, to some sort of clasp, to a way to weight it, to a pendant that played well with the rest of the elements. While I can see ways to do better next time, I'm happy with how these turned out.

Today, I'm working on the final jewelry piece for the sixth outfit. All I know is the starting point and that it may totally deviate from there into whatever it becomes. Letting go and letting creativity flow in the direction it wants to flow in has been one my greatest learning curves as an artist. It was hard a first and now it feels perfectly normal to not have a clue where this piece is going other than orange, a squiggly line, and a necklace. We'll see - VBG.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - new learning

16 comments:

  1. I love the vision that takes a button front shirt pattern and makes it into a pullover tunic. ;) I am enjoying this project and look forward to seeing the pics of the completed outfits.

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  2. Oooh! Very nice! I too prefer no collar. But once in a while I like a Mandarin collar. I've removed collars from ready wear to the collar "base", which looks like a mandarin collar too.
    Your wardrobe is looking so posh!

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    1. It's nice to have collar-less company. I was considering something low like you're suggesting. I'll give that a try in the future. THANK YOU - I am really enjoying working on this project.

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  3. Well, this sort of bugs me. I've been getting this pattern out and looking at it, and putting it back because I don't like that droopy bit just below the collar when I sew a shirt. And I wasn't sure about that long long button area. And the sleeves....fussy? Not sure. So here it is made into something simple and classic with no long button area, no droopy bit, simpler sleeves, nice neck...... Even trying to avoid distraction by the lovely necklace this looks like what I want. Maybe for spring....

    ceci

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    1. LOL - it's good learning. Next time you might see the potential sooner. That's certainly how it has worked for me. I didn't start with an ability to see outside the lines; I've developed one.

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  4. I am with you and eliz - either no collar or a mandarin collar. Your outfit looks fabulous!

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    1. Again, nice to have company. Thank you.

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  5. I love this mod to that pattern!!

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  6. Hi Myrna,

    I LOVE the silver, and the green necklaces you've made! I would wear them in a heartbeat...with a plain turtleneck :-)

    I love an open shirt collar, preferably with the collar up at the back. It frames my neck nicely. Buttoned up, not so much! I also like a V neck, but it has to be either really wide and not too deep, or narrower and a bit deeper.

    It's interesting the things we discover about ourselves, and how, instead of being limiting, they are freeing, because you can then play with what WORKS!

    Pearl

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    1. Thank you. As you said, I find what I discover about myself to be freeing... and challenging... to see if I can shift it in any way such as exploring if there is a collar I'd be comfortable in. Play! YES!

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  7. I love love love that tunic! The jewelry is beautiful as well. I think those orange shoes would look awesome with the silver!
    Yvonne

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    1. LOl - yes the orange shoes would look great with the silver. The outfit for those is some painted pants with orange top stitching. I'm not sure if I've shown them yet. The whole group is almost complete so I'll need to set up the studio to try and get outfit shots.

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  8. Holy Cow! Everything looks great...I even like the color of the dressform with the gray tunic. 8-)
    IABovine

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