Monday, March 4, 2019

Hope waking

I'm waiting.

Those who know me have seen how patient I am.  I will wait, knowing that I can amuse myself while change happens in its own time.  That is what I did.  Here is what came forth.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

RTW to pattern to closet



This spring, ties are everywhere.  Ties are found at the waist, hips, neckline.  Some are knotted while others are fashioned into bows.  I like the idea of a tie on a spring dress as it adds a casual vibe while giving some waist shaping on an otherwise loose fitting dress. 

That said, there is something awkward about these dresses.  I think each improves as the price increases, but still...they all look messy to me.  The top dress would be wonderful on a young woman but me? not so much.  The middle dress is draped exactly as my body drapes without support!  The last dress is wearable and would look best on a tall rectangle shape.  This is the opposite of my figure.

I want to copy this tie trend in a striped knit.  I am not sure if it will work at my waist since I am very high waisted (meaning not much room between waist and bust).  My plan is to use a jersey and look for a design which incorporates some vertical accents.

Here is what I found:
This is B6621 and I like all the views.  There are options for the tie-that's good.  View C looks like a wrap skirt which is cute.  I love the fact that the pattern has 2 sleeve lengths, and has a back seam for shaping.  The pattern photography shows the tie draped lower on View C.  I haven't studied the pattern pieces so cannot tell if that was intentional or a size/model mismatch. 

Another consideration is the length of the tie for View B.  It looks very pretty at the length drawn above but the line drawing shows it shorter.  I think that would make a big difference. 

My only striped fabric in sufficient quantity is a cotton-poly burnout.  It probably needs to wait for another project.  I do have 3 yards of a lovely jersey but it is not stripes. 

The jersey wins and I will be using View C with some changes to sleeves and tie length. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I'm cold

It was 34F this morning and I am still cold.  Having spent my entire adulthood in northeastern Washington and central Oregon, this surprises me.  A sunny day and above freezing was cause for celebration and an outdoor ride.  Today I am inside and cozy in my new sweater.  

Yep, a new top and here is the expanded review:

Itch to Stitch Bellavista top
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐out of 5
Suitable for beginners on up
Great instructions, except for Step 9.  It states:  

"Arrange Cowl so that it is double layered with the right sides outside. It is a loop and resembles a funnel. Press. Baste the two layers of raw edges together." 

It can be improved by labeling the neck edge and the center back. If you have experience, you will arrange the cowl with the center back seam away from you and the two shoulder notches at your hands holding the cowl as you pin it to the bodice. A beginner to cowls might get confused about turning it right side out and then re-orienting it 90 degrees. 

Why I chose this pattern:
I was drawn to the envelope cover, which is lovely. 
I like the generous cowl, and I became more and more in love with the knit used for the cover.  I cannot wear that color (It would be "Where's Mary?") and I would need to adjust the cowl as I am petite.  Time went on and the rational side of my brain took charge.  I needed either black, grey, or vibrant colors.  I needed a smaller cowl, and I needed a bit more length.  

Searching, I found this outfit in Soft Surroundings.Onto a muslin and alterations to make it as close as possible to the inspiration piece and to fit me.

Working with Itch to Stitch PDF patterns:
What a treat!  This pattern line includes layers in the PDF, so you can print only the size you need.  Nicely organized, and includes good directions for printing and assembling your pattern.

Sizing for this pattern:
This is a close fit through the shoulders and upper bust, and then a gentle swing silhouette below.  I used a size 2, which includes finished measurements of  
37 1/4"- 39 1/8"- 49 3/8" 

This is a fast pattern to sew and very cozy.  I am a fan of this pattern line and cannot wait to make another Bellavista!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Partway through January and the resolutions...

...are still being followed.  Hurray!  I didn't resolve to lose weight, stop eating chocolate or run 5 miles every day.  

Here they are, copied from a thread on PatternReview-

1. Increase my walking duration from 30 minutes to 45 minutes over the next month. Some of you know that I broke my hip a few years back when getting thrown from my horse. I am back to most activities but at a lower exertion. That's okay...I'm just glad to be here. I credit my recovery to forcing myself to walk even if it hurts a bit.

2. Sew outfits and mini wardrobes according to silhouettes I like. Less experimentation and more basic wardrobe building. 

3. Continue to work my program for health and recovery.

Following resolutions works if you choose your resolution carefully, and integrate the change into your daily routine slowly.  Another key to helping change become permanent is to review your plan and adjust it in order to bring success closer. In resolution #1 above, I found that I needed to give my hip and leg a day off every few days after increasing my time.  On those days, I still walk, but at a leisurely pace and usually a shorter time.  I feel good about being outside and following my plan, even if it is modified on those days (positive reinforcement).  

In other news, I am riding at least 3 times a week and having a wonderful time with Nick.  I have made a number of good riding friends here in Tucson and we enjoy riding as a large group, or meeting for smaller trail rides.  
Nick and Katillac, best buds

I'm working on a small quilt, which will be hung in one of the bedrooms.  Craftsy, now Bluprint, is my go-to place for instruction.  I also love YouTube for great tutorials.  The quilt is called Scattered Squares and I followed instructions from a Bluprint class.  I like most of the designs used in the class and Elizabeth Hartman is a very good teacher.  
While the quilts look wonky and involve a lot of creative improvisation, Elizabeth is quite methodical and teaches many strategies to make the quilt come together easily.  I am having great fun!
Here is the top with the squares
arranged randomly. It is 24" x 30".  I'll post a better photo after finishing.  I jumped into this class and realized it is really not for beginners like myself-I have had to teach myself how to make a backing, what size it should be, what type of batting to buy and so forth.  Hurray for YouTube.

Happy New Year to all of you wonderful readers-I wish you the best year ever.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Holiday cheer and planning for 2019


                          I am stopping my holiday chores for just a minute to say to all of you...