Saturday, October 19, 2019

playtime

in which our plucky heroine does something unexpected...

...at least for me. I usually approach my sewing with a fairly utilitarian attitude. I love planning out what I want and need to wear, and figuring out how to make that happen. This project is rather the opposite. I decided to enter CCL's Pre-2020 SWAP Jacket Challenge on the Stitchers Guild forum, since I had so much fun last year with the Dress Challenge. At first, I was thinking about the Zambeesi Jacket. But I realised that what I found appealing about that pattern was how creative the designer has been with her collage-style fabric combining...

So, with that in mind, and because that sort of thing is not part of my repertoire, I gathered a bunch of my "too small to make a garment pieces of knit fabrics in grey colors, and some of the interesting silk scraps from the last Gathering of the Guilds, and started cutting out pieces and simply zigzagging them together! 
with a base of two fronts cut from striped grey and pale blue hemp knit, I overlaid the very sheer chiffon shibori dyed scrap, and added a few extra bits along the front edge, and the shoulders. I didn't expect/realise that the circular spots, which looked transparent, were actually dyed black, which caused an interesting effect laid over the striped background...

not being very keen on purple, I cut out some of the blue/grey/black tie-dyed silk and added a few rectangles. The rest of that fabric will be added to the back of the cardigan, and as bands on the sleeves. While the front isn't yet finished, it will sit for a while while I think about what else to add, to balance out the asymmetry. Am considering either possibly some couched applique, or some block printing, or both...

today's gratitude - fun bits in the scrap collection

Thursday, October 17, 2019

storyboarding for SWAP

in which our plucky heroine is thinking about SWAP 2020...

Storyboards are a visual presentation of an idea. A storyboard can provide inspiration when planning a seasonal wardrobe, or a series of coordinated sewing projects, and can also offer guidance when purchasing additional garments or accessories. And not least of all, storyboards are fun make...

Here is a storyboard that I created for myself as part of the "SWAP 2005" contest fourteen years ago
I began the process with a small line drawing of myself, (traced from a photo), that I use to try out possible pattern ideas before sewing. Using tracing paper, I draw in the styles I hope to sew, cut out the little drawings and made a kind of collage with glue stick on a piece of paper, adding tiny swatches of the intended fabric, colored paper, and some magazine images that I found inspiring.

This coordinated monochrome wardrobe of blouses, bias-cut tops, t-shirts, a jumper, overalls, skirts, and a denim jacket became a practical set of garments for casual wear, where every piece could interchange (all the tops coordinate with all the bottoms, and the jacket with every outfit. I don't currently have either enough suitable fabrics in one colorway, or the budget to buy a vast quantity of new fabric, so my upcoming SWAP must needs be organised a bit differently.

Still, planning out how future sewing will interact with current garments is one of my guidelines, as is having a minimal but functional amount of clothing. Acorn Cottage is wee, and my closet space is commensurate with the size of the house. I have room for only another few garments in each category and I'll have reached my desired goal of eight of each type. I'll be doing some rough sketching in my journal about possible ideas, and maybe buy a length of grey linen, as I sorely miss my grey corduroy pinafore, and finding good quality corduroy is a thing of the past. Once I've a better idea of what I might want to make, putting together a storyboard may be a fun small project to help keep my SWAP sewing on track.
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 6 jars grape syrup moar apple pruninggrapes harvested
2 Cathy undergownxyard waste bin
3 Cathy overgownx yard waste bin
4 Cathy gollar
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5 Cathy wusthalbex -
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today's gratitude - gaps in the rain, that allow for errands on my bicycle!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

wishful Wednesday - run the clock backwards

in which our plucky heroine starts catching up...

Last night was my presentation/demo at CMAG on the Technique of Cloisonné Enameling. Despite my being stressed about speaking in front of my fellow metalworkers, my demo and talk was quite well received. General stress level now reduced by 25%.

Special thanks to Bob Woods for transportation for all my kit and clobber and kiln to and from the meeting. I am now a tiny bit less stressed about doing my presentation on The History of Enameling next weekend at Collegium, as I now know what standing in front of a group and talking for an hour feels like...

Still need to build most of my slide presentation as I calculated I need about sixty or more slides. At least I think that I am getting the hang of how to use Google Slides
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Not only is it time to start thinking about Sewing With A Plan 2020, but this year I have volunteered to be the moderator, aka the person who comes up with the rules... pretty exciting! I am doing my best to come up with rules that will work for widely divergent people in various parts of the world, with varied lifestyles, climate, and wardrobe needs. Stay tuned!
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My great current stress, aside from the minor one of learning new tech tools and creating presentations, is my gums. Because of years of no dental insurance, and not a lot of dosh, I didn't get regular dental cleanings. Now mind, I brushed twice a day, and flossed, never drank soda, and showed no obvious signs of any problems, so I figured I was okay.

Ummm nope, not so much. Apparently gums can go to ruin without showing symptoms, and there are places in my mouth that even a deep cleaning has not improved, and my dental student has recommended I go to the perio clinic. (cue our plucky heroine screaming and running away) Not only is all perio work including the initial exam not covered, so quite expensive out of pocket, but the mere idea has set all my terror back in motion.

As a young adult, at fourteen I had a completely horrible oral surgery experience, which is why I am now phobic about novacaine, and about people doing the wrong thing in my mouth. The surgery then was done wrong, and had to be done a second time once my mouth healed. The idea that I might need surgery has caused me horrible dental nightmares every night, and I have barely been sleeping. I am trying to deal with this one step at a time, because however awful it is or becomes, I cannot ignore it, since infection can become systemic and fatal. Dying of stupidity is dumb.

If I could run the clock backwards, I would find the nonexistent slack in the budget somehow, and get my teeth cleaned every six months. This level of stress/terror is exhausting
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October SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 6 jars grape syrup moar apple pruninggrapes harvested
2 Cathy undergownxyard waste bin
3 Cathy overgownx yard waste bin
4 Cathy gollar
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today's gratitude - I did a hard thing and it went well.