I still make stuff, but I’m making different kinds of stuff. more art than wearable or crafty.
Take a look here, if you like.
I know, I know; it’s been a long time.
I have a full time job, going to school, got married, lots going on. I’m still sewing, but don’t have time to write and take photos. Also, I’ve been doing a lot of digital art with my iPad and an awesome app called, simply enough, Paper, by FiftyThree.
This is a short video of a Moleskine book, produced through Paper, by Milk, of a small collection of my analog drawings.
Analog drawings are something I’ve been working on over the past few years. The basic premise is that all people make the same sorts of marks to express emotions; wavy horizontal lines for peaceful feelings, hard, angular lines for anger, etc. I developed drawing exercises to help people (first did this just for myself) identify and analyze emotions around a situation, or person, or just in general. I hope to begin workshops to help people through this process in the near future. Not only does one gain tremendous insight from this kind of drawing, but the end result is usually quite beautiful, even if you are no kind of an artist. These start in black and white, use instinctive lines, and then repetitive shapes within the areas defined by the first set of lines. The repetition helps get your brain into a near-alpha state, the same place a light meditation or prayer state does. After the lines and shapes are complete, I colorize with hues that complement the feelings.
I AM sewing, just having a hard time documenting it. Here’s a quick take on a new Vogue pattern in a sweater knit I picked up from fabrics.com.
I know, lousy photo. I was running out the door!
This is a quick and easy, especially if you have a serger and are comfortable with knits.
Might have taken longer to cut than it did to sew.
I felt like I was wearing my jammie’s all day. Oh yeah.
OOOH, look, Donna Karan did a new take on the tablecloth dress!
You know I’m going to be working with this lovely variation.
As I took a look through the Fall 2012 RTW shows, I was just loving the patterned, layered sweater knits and all-over patterned pants suits like this one from Rue du Mail.
And so the shopping began, I found a couple black and ivory knits in a wool/cotton blend from Fashion Fabrics Club and a tweedy woven wool at JoAnn, and dug out a few other pieces from my stash. Initially, I was going to make a draped skirt, a top and a jacket, but I ended up going a little crazy and finished with six pieces.
How can I wear thee? Let me count the ways…
First, the skirt. I used McCalls 5434,
but altered the pattern by cutting four slices in the right front from the side seam almost to the center. I spread them apart right on the fabric and trued the line as I cut. Daring; I know, but it worked just fine. You can’t take this stuff too seriously. Then I gathered up that side to its original proportions. I’m pleased with the result. Here it is.
Next came a top to go with. I picked up this Vogue 8771 last week, thinking it would be ever so comfy in sweater knits for this upcoming 6 months that we call Winter in Upstate NY. When JoAnn has Vogue patterns for $3.99, I can’t resist and this time came home with 8 or so.
I used the same knit as for the skirt on the body, and the coordinating knit for the sleeves. I love the high-low hemline here.
I have sewn Butterick 4665 three or four times now.
It’s a very simple coat that goes together quickly and fits me well after a FBA the first time around. I omitted pockets and closures, just wanting this to be more of a casual cardigan type jacket. Again, I mixed the two knits and lined it in a champagne colored charmeuse from my stash.
I had enough of the smaller print to sew up a simple pair of elastic waist pants, also from M5434. I’m feeling like it might be a bit much to wear together, but, hey, that was the goal, right?
Then I remembered that I had made up the top from Vogue 8771 in that same charmeuse I used for the jacket lining. Bonus piece! I don’t like the fit of this at all; there’s just too much of it, it’s all too big and shiny, but it works under jackets with just a bit of the drapey neckline peeking out. Charmeuse and DD’s is just plain stupid. I know better.
Part of my Vogue haul was Vogue 8757, a most adorable little jacket with a collar that goes oh-so-many ways.
I used both knits, for the sleeves and collar, some stash fleece for the side front and under collar and the woven wool for the front and back.
Everything was going so well. The muse was upon me. I hardly had to pick out a seam. Even the serging was smooth. Then I tried on the jacket and there was some funky bunching along the back sleeves. . I thought I caught the lining, or (gods forbid) cut off some critical bits when serging the sleeve into the shoulders, but after a couple ons-and-offs, I determined that the woven wool had far more “give” than the brocade I used to line it with and that was causing the bumps. So I cleverly pulled a bit crosswise on the lining, which promptly shredded down the center back seam. No, no seam allowances; I had serged them off! Clever girl. The best I could do was to bind the edges so it doesn’t fray further and vow to never take the jacket off in public. So much for any smugness I might have been feeling. And, yes, those are skulls on the brocade. It was leftover from a costume something or other I made for my son and I didn’t have another piece of anything suitable to use. Should have just gone shopping. I knew better!
Yes, Yes, I know, it’s been months and months. All the fault of the day job.
And the first thing I am compelled to write is a big complaint to Vogue and warning to you all.
This beauty, that I’ve been planning for months now, is a B*tch!
I’ll give you more details later, but let’s start with the mismatched markings and incomplete instructions. One set of notches is 2 1/2 inches off!
Since the front, back and front facings are all one enormous pattern piece, even this experienced sewist is having a devil of a time noodling this out without good direction.
Maybe they should change their name to VAGUE.
Just wanted to apologize for the silence lately. My job has had me traveling five to six days a week for the past couple months and just last Saturday, when work was about to settle down, my son took a header off a dirt bike and into a tree.
He fractured his skull, nicked an artery running behind it and gave us a few really scary days. Miraculously, and thanks to really good doctors, it looks like he’ll make a full (but slow) recovery. It’s been a helluva ride.
You know how you get when you have no time at all for creative pursuits for a long time, right? Yeah, I’m feeling a little crazy right now.
I have had a couple requests to give some instruction on ways to style the Endless Dress, so I’ll be working on that for you as soon as possible!