Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Happy Accidents, Serendipitous Slips, Marvelous Mistakes...

I don't know where my head was when I cut out my #4 version of Marcy Tilton's V9171 "lantern" tunic.  I think I wanted to have enough fabric so badly that I tricked myself into thinking I only had to cut one front/side piece.  Not.  It wasn't until I tried to sew both pockets into one piece of cloth and scratched my head that I figured it out.  (I hear you laughing, Marcy!).

At first I freaked out because I've been holding this fabric from Marcy for months.  It is exactly the kind of fabric I want to work with and wear.  Seems a bit Japanese to me with lots of texture and some give.

I started riffling through the meager scraps I had and miraculously turned up enough to cut most of what I needed, only needing to piece at the shoulders and one place on the bodice.  Well, in fact, I think it turned out more interesting than if I had just sewn the darned thing as is.  What a lesson.


I decided to make the most of it, hoping to make it look on purpose, by inserting a strip of fabric in the seams.

I initially cut this pattern a bit too large for me so I usually just take more of a seam allowance in the center front seam.  This time I used the selvage, another happy accident, and overlapped it.  I added a button at the top to make it appear as if it opens.


I purposely made the added seam strips a bit uneven, wabi-sabi style.  This is what I love about sewing my own clothes, making these design decisions as I go feels so RIGHT!


I blogged about this denim vest before but I don't seem to wear it.  Thinking about cutting the shoulders back a bit, racer-style, thinking it might make it a bit more flattering.  And also thinking about cutting off the bottom band to make it really cropped.


By doing that I think it might look good with this tunic.  Still pondering this possibility.  Suggestions??

For those who didn't see the original blog about the vest the front has black vintage buttons sewn at the neck and the back is woven denim, a la the fall 2016 Viktor and Rolf collection that I just can't get enough of.

19 comments:

  1. Love that dress by Marcy and love what you've done with it. Your outcome made it very interesting. As for the vest, I don't know. I like the buttons and the weaving. Taking off the band would ruin the proportions at the back IMO. But if you left the band on at the back and removed it from the front – that might work. Narrower shoulders could be the answer too. Is there a way that you could try both these variations without cutting up the vest too much? Love to see what you do with it.

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  2. Thanks for the link to the incredible Viktor and Rolf 2016 collection. I can see why you can't get enough. I'm inspired too.

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  3. I rarely ever comment (maybe never, can't remember), but I want you to know how excited I get when I see a post from you pop up in my email. I alternate between greedily opening it immediately and gobbling up your eye candy, or holding back and savoring the anticipation by waiting to see what wonders you have created. Thank you for always inspiring me.

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    1. That is the kindest thing ever said to me! Thank you so much! I enjoy writing the blog and appreciate hearing that it is well received. Keeps me going!

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    2. I wait to read and look until I know I have time to digest it all!

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    3. I know what you mean, I do the same thing. Thanks!!

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  4. Hah! Only you could make an error look better than the original! I love that fabric. Not sure what you should do with the denim vest but I do like the weaving in the back. I have faith that you can make it work.

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    1. Thanks so much for your response. I'll keep everyone posted about what I decide!

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  5. Gayle you are so inspiring. I have been following your blog for quite a while and never fail to get inspired.
    I belong to a wearable art group in Fresno. Do you ever do trunk shows and workshops? (we are like PENWAG in your area) We would love to hire you. Lora Wheeler

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    1. Oh that is such a wonderful offer. I don't really do that kind of thing anymore. At 69 I'm either getting lazy or smart, never know which! But if you're ever in Capitola look me up and visit my studio!

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  6. Thank you for your reply, I vote smart!

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  7. I love Vogue 9171, it's my all-time favourite pattern. And in fact I'm wearing it now! I have the pattern in two sizes, one for wovens and one for knits, all the versions look good.

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  9. I love your vest and tried to find your blog entry and failed. If the problem is that it is too big in the body, maybe you might use the same technique you used on the dress front - cutting it open and overlapped the side edges. I think removing the band in the front and a bit more and adding a little stipe of woven denim below the pockets might make it less stiff if that is a problem. I love your the way you add special details to all your creations. I really look forward to your posts too. You are always and inspiration.

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    1. Thank you, MaryHelen! I appreciate hearing from you. The overlapping idea is a good one to always keep in mind on pieces that are too big. And the idea of piecing another type of fabric below is interesting. You are right, it's stiff at the hem, which I don't like.

      I'll keep both ideas up front when I redesign!

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  10. I love the tunic! So stylish in this fabric. It looks great with the vest. Investors been pondering your suggestion of cropping it. I think it would look short, but i’d Be tempted to crop it and then reattach the band. Might look too unfinished without it. Abbey

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    1. Good idea! Things look great when reattached! I’m on it!

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