Funny thing. During the stash reorganization I often felt brain dead. There were times I revealed a beautiful piece of fabric not forgotten but certainly hiding with its brethren or sisters. But there was so much junk. I carried off 8 boxes that are 18″long 14″ wide and 10 deep. I piled the boxes high and pushed hard to compact as much as possible. I did have 1 box of books. But still there were 7 boxes of fabric in my house which were unloved. Surprisingly those boxes were filled with a lot of fabrics I was given. I complained about this previously; these fabrics which someone else didn’t like, didn’t want but insisted that I must like, want and use. My mother tried to teach me manners and consideration for others. Sigh. You know, I wouldn’t mind few comments from any of you suggesting how I can handle this situation nicely. Accepting the fabric graciously and disposing of it later, doesn’t seem to be the answer. Too many people will see my stash, give me something totally different from any of my collection and will demand to know what I’ve made with their very important gift the next time I see them. Too often, the next time I see them I cringe and try to avoid all sewing discussions. There must be a kind way to handle this.
But what I really wanted to write about, is the freedom and resurgence of my sewing mojo. I’m amazed that I’m looking at fabrics and have 3 or 4 ideas of how to use them. I’m excited and have at least 12 projects in my closet to start on ….. BUT I can’t because I have so many ideas I can’t settle on just one to take action on. LOL what a delemina. I have so many ideas, I’m fluttering like a butterfly between ideas, fabrics, notions and reality. LOL
I really needed yesterday. I went to Sewing Club which was an enforced day of no actual sewing. It was a day for exchanging ideas and meeting up with old friends. I think we all try to make the September and November meetings. The rest of the year we allow family and life to interfere, but these 2 meetings leave a hole in our souls if we can’t attend. This was neither the best nor the worst meeting I’ve attended. I didn’t learn a whole lot, but I did have a wonderful social activity. I did a little shopping but not much buying. No really, I bought 18″ wide tracing paper and some elastic for me. I bought another 3-in-One color wheel for DH. The forced downtime was so good for me. My right brain was active and excited with the socail contacts while my left brain continued to consider all the possibilities I’d unearthed last week. I’m not sure if it was the left brain or the right brain, but somehow I made a few decisions. A very important realization was that I knew clearly what I do wanted to do with 2 projects. I had some very good plans with a few details that need to be tweaked and then I had a large number of barely-together projects. I think of the last as butterfly projects that seemed to occupy my thoughts and prevent me from taking action. At some point during yesterday, I decided I should
- start on the 2 projects I have very definite ideas about
- refine the few that are beginning to come together- but still have a detail or two to resolve- while I’m working on the first 2 projects
- allow the left brain to continue exploring ideas for the Butterfly Projects.
Make sense? So today I placed the black silk matka on the cutting table; retrieved the black silk crepe that will be the contrasting collar, front panel, cuffs and welts and astonishingly found the perfect lining. My lining will be a charcoal grey silk charmeuse. I had not put this fabric in the linings nor with silk matka. But when I found it next to the black crepe I wanted to use as the contrast for Vogue 1264, I knew, just knew it was right.
I did a little happy dance and started reading directions. I sort of expected more tailoring aspects. I’m quite surprised that a shoulder pad is not called for; and I do not like that the closure is simply a large hook and eye at the throat. Sew in interfacing was specified at some critical points but little else in the way of tailoring or step-above construction techniques.
This pattern has design issues for me. I am very much the pear shaped woman. I love the front contrasting panels, but I’m afraid that they will highlight or bring attention to my narrow shoulders. There is no shaping in this pattern. No darts, no curved seams, nothing that would really fool the eye into thinking I’ve got a great shape. That single hook and eye at the throat will, I know this from past experience, only make my shoulders look narrower. I’m not sure about those sleeves. No scratch that. This jacket will primarily be used in the fall and early winter maybe some spring time use. I’m intending to create a jacket that will add a little warmth during the cooler seasons. I know 3/4 sleeves aren’t going to work. When I length them, the contrasting cuff isn’t going to work either. Suddenly I’m going to have something shiny and swinging right next to my hips. Ya’ think that’s going to make my hips and shoulders look balanced?
To add to this the fabric, Silk Matka, is an unknown to me. (PS I wouldn’t mind a few comments to point me in the right direction.) I bought this fabric because I’ve read where several designers have made wonderful projects out of a piece of Matka they just happened to have. Really? people just happen to have silk in their stash and it means nothing to them. Any silk I have in my stash, was purchased because the color, texture and price was irresistible. It’s sitting in my stash not as an afterthought, but because it is waiting for the perfect project. I bought the Silk Matka from Fabricmart earlier this year because they put it on sale for an unbelievable price and I was truly curious about this particular class of silk that designers would think of as muslin. When I opened my box I said “burlap”. Then I touched the fabric. No no no , not burlap at all. More like a loose, hand-woven fabric. A fabric that’s had a lot of love and thought put into it. This fabric has a little body but is not stiff. It’s not soft as cashmere, but feels fine against my skin (obviously I’m not the lady in the Princess and the Pea fairytale). This could be suitable for wear with my pearls or my jeans. This fabric deserves a perfect project.
I know it will be fully lined. I don’t know if I will line to the edge and dispense with the facings.
I know that I will put in the pockets. In the fall I often carry knit mittens to keep my fingers warm.
I know I will use one of the interfacings I’ve purchased from Louise Cutting. I’ll need to do tests. I’m not sure if I want to use the light weight or medium weight interfacing. I don’t know if I want to interface only the facings or if I want to extend the interfacing across the shoulders and the chest; or do I want to block fuse the entire fabric. I’ll have to do some testing.
I know I will add a small shoulder pad, probably the 1/4″. Should I add height to the shoulders? Should I add a sleeve header? (I have a very nice fleece only 1/8″ thick that would work nicely or would it make the Matka horribly stiff). I’ll have to do some testing.
My contrast is a crepe silk. The crepe is translucent almost transparent. For sure it will be interfaced and I’m thinking underlined to boot. Should I interface the underlining or just the the crepe? I’ll have to do some testing.
I’m moving the closure to about the waist or just above; probably in line with the top of the pockets (which will also be underlined/interfaced as soon as I do some testing.) But I haven’t decided if I want to go for the hook and eye, change to a frog closure or skip the dang thing and just let it flap about. This is not meant to be worn during a blizzard as the outer layer.
Should I keep those cuffs (interfaced and underlined)? Switch to a narrower cuff (and/or sleeve)? Or just make the sleeve long enough to hem like normal?