Although it’s been a very busy week, I just don’t seem to have a lot to show for it. I was hell bent on fixing my Tabula Rosa vest as well as my July “Take 5” Elizabeth Barton Master Class quilt. Both are going to take longer than I thought but as always, I’m sure to learn a lot to learn along the way.
In review, here is the “before” shot of the vest: the proportions were all off-the vest was way too long for me.
After shortening the front of the vest about 2 1/4″ and tapering to 1 1/2″ in back, the proportions are infinitely better.
Some fashion rules make sense and it is said that short girls should never wear a top that covers the crotch-it makes us look like we’re blobs on short little legs. And even if we are blobs on short little legs, we don’t want to emphasize that! The shorter vest is a huge improvement.
I have read that in haute couture clothing, great attention is paid to proportion. A simple lapel might be cut down a mere 1/4″ for a diminutive client, the waist shortened by 1/2″. Little micro adjustments like that are key to flatter the shorter woman and adjusting the hem for my proportions is a case in point.
From the back, the “before” version covered the bottom and gave that “tent-over-body” feel.
The shortened back now exposes just a bit of the curve of the bottom-a much more flattering cut for me.
I am not sure what all I will do to try to finish the adjustments on this vest. I do know I will remove the swing side and replace it with a straight side. I also think the front band is too wide for my body and I will reduce its width by 1/2″ to start.
I also want the center front edge of the garment to expose some of my torso to counteract the volume of the vest. This may fix itself when I add the straight side so I’ll wait on that fix. Even on a simple garment the proportions must be carefully considered.
All this is worth the time. I really like the design of this vest: it’s easy construction, good design and those dog gone cute squared-off arm scythes charm me!
And this is why I should have made a muslin. I would have made my adjustments there and had a more successful garment.
On another note, the critique on my July quilt was interesting. Elizabeth suggested several things: paint the “peaks” of the background, leaving the “valleys”, circles and squares untouched; quilting the circles and squares in a darker thread (I suggested and she concurred); or just let it be, since the pink is so delightful and the shadows are subtle, yet do highlight the circles and squares.
So I quilted up a practice piece and tried dabbing some Jacquard paint atop the piece. Eh. It’s definitely not there, but then I know next to nothing about paint. I need the time to consider what to do here.
I do like this idea-SAQA member Diedre Adams’ Composition series adds paint to her work. I’ve seen it in person and really like the effect. So the concept works for me, but not what I’ve done so far.
I am going to start by going back and adding darker thread around the design first. That may be all it needs. I like the subtlety of the piece (as did Elizabeth) but I don’t want to go overboard. I hope to have a moment to play with thread in the next week so maybe I will have resolved this piece by my next post.
I have been so consumed with my business work, SAQA work, teaching and computer issues that I have had precious little time to actually create. I am working on a piece that I hope to enter into PIQF that has barely been started….and images are due in exactly 19 days. It may be quiet on my blog for awhile.