Monday, September 10, 2018

Patterns Can Still Surprise

You know I didn't have much hope for the Design and Sew Kimono Encore pattern. One because it was a kimono and two, because it was an Erikson pattern. From experience these patterns (both Lois and Diane's), often don't work for me, so imagine my surprise when I slipped this on "in process" and fell deeply in love with it.



I was sorry I had used a linen I wasn't in love with color wise, but decided to turn this into a garment I would adore. I took one of my Dad's old denim shirts I had saved for patching and such and went to town giving my plain Jane kimono some pizazz. Half the pockets are cut from the fronts,



then I used the button bands for the snaps.



 I still didn't feel it had enough so I went ahead and did some simple outline embroidery in a deep true red. The constellation on he back is Canis Major,



the one directly on the sleeve Canis Minor.



I haven't taken it off really since I finished it Saturday morning. This is not to say there won't be some modifications. There will be. I want to grade out the hips just a smidge and pull in the shoulders a smidge. As pretty as those big long sleeves are, they do get in the way if you actually need to like eat or prepare food in it. A cuff  and some slight tapering next go round because I love the volume and want to keep most of it.

The next surprise was that a skirt came out of the salon. The first one in a very long time. I had bought a $5.00 piece of deep brown/raisin colored tencel. 2.25 yards was plenty to test this "Everyday Skirt" pattern by Liesl and Co. In fact, it is too big.



I have cut another a size down but I shortened the back elastic on this one and it will be perfectly wearable. Those who have read this blog for a while know there are few things I dislike more than buttons and zippers and facings and in that order. I'll do zippers but I  prefer not to and certainly not for skirts. This hit all the right features. Flat front, elastic back, gentle gathers and a really nice pocket detail.



I was not disappointed. I can see this with a cute little boxy cropped sweater, tights and some boots for fall.  I have a second one cut out and beautiful piece of a brown melton melange wool for a third one. I have some fab inexpensive fabrics waiting for fall winter skirts and pants.

I'm also looking at making a fancy winter coat. I purchased this pattern for a look see.



I love the gilet idea. I know I'm a weaver but I just don't love wearing scarves and I don't like a cold neck either. This is a great compromise.



I have a bolt of some special Scottish wool that would be perfect. I will say the pattern is less than clear on the instructions and rather intimidating. A muslin is in order for sure, but I think this is the perfect project for after the holidays when there is no pressure to do anything else but watch the snow come down and make soups and homemade bread.

It's salad days right now.



Hearty salads like my favorite Greek Panzenella using gifted fresh tomatoes (thank you Sandi!), just picked peppers, English cucumbers, Greek olives, locally made feta and homemade croutons all doused in a delicious dressing and left to soak it up. Occasionally I add some Abruzzese Sausage.
The recipe is an Ina Garten one and you can find it here.

Wasn't it great to see and hear Pres. Obama last week?! OMG, full sentences! Full sentences that had complete clear thoughts! Oration at it's best, filled with hope and better angels, kindness, clear direction and vision. Thank you for making this one old heart happy.  This is the song I leave you with today.

Parting shots: Do you hear what I hear?



15 comments:

  1. The salad - and the dog - are my favs in this post. And Obama, of course. Has been salad days here, but the weather turned cold and wet very quickly - from 90 and dry to 55 and rain - so I'm thinking about soups now.

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    1. I think I've made this salad every week for the last 3 or 4. Robin is a hoot. It is the only time his silly ears actually stand up and they stay up the whole walk too. It was wild turkey's in the woods that had his attention.

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  2. I LOVE that kimono! And - of course! Canis Major and Minor. Now I know what you do instead of sleeping. There is just something quite wonderful about the JRT body - so compact and sturdy. xoxo to you and the pack

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    1. Honestly, the difference between my small short legged Jacks and a moxie is a mere 1.75 inches in back length and not not much difference in front leg length. The rear legs however are so different. Dwarfism has done no favors for the weiner dogs. Robin is a wonder to watch. He can trot effortlessly for miles. Tail up, ears up and just oozing attitude.

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  3. Love the sewing. Yum, on the salad - might have to make it too.

    Yes, love hearing from Obama too.

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    1. The salad is awesome. The sewing this time around too!

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  4. I just knew I'd hear "Oh Happy Day" when I hit the link...smiled to see Sir Elton! Isn't it nice to smile and laugh as you listen to a speech...a voice of reason in the darkness. LOVE the kimono...I've always wanted to make one.

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    1. OMG, I do love a little levity with speechification. Can't he serve a third term.....
      There are a ton of new kimono patterns. This one I had, but I've heard some pretty nice buzz about one from Helen's Closet. Can't remember the name of the pattern but it's gotten some pretty rave reviews.

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  5. oh that kimono is TDF! I love the embroidered constellations, and the pieces of your Dad's shirt. Lovely blog post!

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    1. I try to save textiles from my Dad's stuff for special items, so I really was surprised when the kimono grabbed me. How's Grif the big Robin look alike? .-)

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  6. Wow, you have really jazzed up that plain neutral jacket!The skirt is a real surprise! We all have precious fabrics/textiles that just sit in the aging closet/drawer waiting to be used for that "something special" garment don't we? One of my friends in the ASG says to just use them now or your grand kids will be selling all your treasures at a garage sale after you are gone...sad thought!

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    1. Well, it's not a fitted jacket but it is like wearing a big hug. The second skirt will be a little longer, slimmer and hopefully, flattering. I have maybe 6 pieces of sacred fabrics and I fully intend to use them up maybe one or two this winter!

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  7. What a great kimono. I have that pattern but have never used it. Of course, now I'm thinking I may. Which view is yours? Yes, it was lovely to hear and see Obama again. I miss him sooooo much.

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    1. Thank you! I used a mash-up of the confusing dual "C" views, shorter length, short neck band but patch pockets and square sleeve. Lots of fun options with that pattern.

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