Clothes and fit

So the other week I left for Florida without having sewn up the final version of  McCall’s 7158. While both muslins technically fit, neither looked right on my body thus my enthusiasm for this project waned. I was been struggling to figure out the reason instead of defaulting to the old “Well, it’s because my body isn’t right” excuse.

Since I’ve started up sewing again, I’ve been adding a lot of new sewing blogs to my blog reader. I’ve enjoyed Julie of Jet Set Sewing, Kate of Fabrickated, and Stephanie of My Vintage Inspiration to name a few. They write well, are thoughtful, and cover a lot of ground.

I was perusing past posts from Fabrickated, where Kate has written extensively about body shape. Her post about the shaped body spoke to me:

The shaped body-line has the following characteristics; narrow or sloping shoulders, narrow, tapered ribcage, obvious waist, high round hips, and shaped calves.

…When dressing this shape we need to emphasis the waist as straighter styles, especially if they end at the hips or thighs can make the wearer appear wider.

It was like a light bulb turned on; this waist-less style of dress serves only to make me look like a wedge. I also dug her analysis of Marilyn Monroe’s body:

Standing at ease we can see her relatively short legs and “long-waist” ie the length between bust and hips. This is not a traditional “model girl” figure, but it is nevertheless a beautiful body.

Short legs, long waist; Marilyn, we have so much in common! Aside from the fact I’m pretty flat-chested.

Work has been sucking my soul dry of late, and consequently very little progress has been made in the crafting realm.

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Lei Out 2016

I rolled my ankle in a major way two Wednesdays ago while playing Ultimate frisbee outside. Due to a warm spell, most of the snow was gone and the field was muddy. I’ve been inactive since. It seemed that my ankle was on the mend, when I tried to slide my foot into a shoe last night and rolled it again. The roll wasn’t as bad as before, but it hurt a lot. Ultimate seems to be out of the picture again this weekend.

In the meantime, I’ll share a few photos from my annual pilgrimage to Santa Monica, California. For the past four years, I’ve been playing in a Ultimate tournament on the beach called Lei Out. I was so new to the sport at the time, I asked if we needed to bring cleats. For a beach tournament.

Lei Out is a great way to hang out with friends in a different place – a welcome change for Minnesotans in January – and an excuse to get away from the cold. Our team plays in a low bracket, so games are just challenging enough and still enjoyable. Playing on sand is a different experience.

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A shot from the rooftop patio of our rental house

I brought my Olympus OMD-E10 with me, since one of our teammates was unable to play. Normally, I wouldn’t bring my camera because of all the sand and responsibility. She took good care of my camera and I was able to get it back to snap a few shots of the elite finals.

The final game involved Team ERIC and Spotted Cat Bears. It was exciting to watch people playing so confidently and so quickly. I plunked myself down near the closest end zone, among a team that ordered pizza. That was a bit tortuous, after a long day of playing under the sun and eating nothing more substantial than potato chips and pepperoni slices.

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A point for Team ERIC during elite finals

It was worth it though. Most of the points were scored in this end zone, so even with the kit lens I was able to snap some worthy photos. Perhaps I’ll save up for a longer zoom for this summer.

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A point for Spotted Cat Bear
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Cassidy Rasmussen skying Simon Higgins in the elite finals

This one of Cassidy Rasmussen and Simon Higgins made its way onto the AUDL Facebook page. That felt really good even though they misspelled my last name. A friend caught it and they corrected it. Thanks, Josh!

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Love the smile on her face

Moments like these make me glad I brought my camera. And it only got plunked down into the sand once! I better get started on those ankle stretches.

Sewing Mojo Risin’

Since late spring of last year, my interest in sewing had been slowly piquing. A friend and I enrolled in a sewing class at Crafty Planet to make Colette Patterns’ Moneta dress as a way to get together socially. Though I did come away with a finished dress, it’s been worn only once. I was rushed at the end of the second and last class and there were a lot of gross sewing mistakes because of it. As lackluster of a project, it got me excited enough to think about sewing again.

I learned to sew in Home Economics in seventh grade. Our teacher Mrs. Shirley Phister was old school and seemed to come from and currently live in a different era. From her I learned to hand sew (poorly) and use a sewing machine. I came away with a shitty fish magnet, an ugly cat pillow, a wonderful baggy sweatshirt I wore many times, a pair of boxer shorts, and a drawstring backpack my sister “borrowed” forever. Since then, there’ve been stops and starts to my sewing. I want this one to last a while.

PC111292 Before Christmas, I made several of Grainline Studio’s Stowe Bag. I made the small version. Directions were relatively clear, save the last part about sewing a bottom gus
set. This photo shows the first version I made using some fabric from the Hancock’s Fabric in Madison some years back. It’s from Japan and heavily printed to the point where it’s quite stiff. This would limit its application as a garment fabric, but I bought based on how the fabric looked, not what I would use it for. Perfect for a little bag, however.

The trickiest part is making the bias tape. You can of course just buy a package, but it’s one of those things I wanted to learn. I had a 3/4″ bias tape maker from Clover that worked out well. It was still too narrow for me to sew properly, mainly because of edgestitching, so now a 1″ bias tape maker is a part of my arsenal.

Sewing bags instead of garments comes more easily to me. I had plans to make a holiday dress, but that’s now on the backburner for next year. It’s much easier to buy fabric and dream about what I’ll make versus actually doing it. There’s a lot of anxiety to starting projects, a lot of which is attributed to ADD. I’m learning slowly how to deal with that.

At the end of this month, I’ve got a short trip to Florida. The goal is to sew at least one garment for it.