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