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Artist In Motion-Boucle Version

I hadn’t intended to share any more pics, because the first fitting

First Fitting

..ends up being about the best looking. I spent some time pinning out various possibilities.

Pinning and Clipping

I was thinking that perhaps controlling  the ease to create  an even hem and bring the wings even closer to the body would make this first version at least wearable.  During the various attempts, I thought the best was simply removing some length from the side wings. So I trimmed 3″ from each side, added new interfacing; folded in 1″ and cover stitched along the raw edge re-creating a nice flat finish.  I once again stitched the coat snaps to each corner and then took the time to snap a few pics…………….

I’ve gone from being very excited about this vesty–, imagining it in many different soft fabrics, worn though multiple seasons– to being afraid that I will not be able to make the look work on me.  It is narrow and close at the shoulders and neck, while flaring down towards the very-high hem. The hem still rises in the front and without my shirt would expose a large expanse of my midsection. Humpty Dumpty would be comfortable, but I prefer something that suggests a more hourglass or at least rectangular image.

I want to emphasize that I don’t think this is a designer error. The pattern is beautiful drafted; easy to sew; and I’ve seen some lovely garments on other people. No, this is the kind of thing that can happen when you try to adapt a “designer” garment for the body it wasn’t intended.   I am narrow -shouldered, wide hipped with as much depth as breadth  and I have a tummy.  That’s even before we talk about how I am short; short-waisted and definitely over weight. Oh and I forgot, my “headlights” are hardly larger than a bee-sting and I have less than military or regal bearing.

I think the issue is not the soft, loosely woven wool that I chose.  This boucle  falls close to the body but does not cling.  You can see between the first picture (First Fitting) and the 2nd (Clipping and pinning) that the fabric isn’t affected by extra weight.  It drapes well without the clips.  I really don’t have many fabrics much softer.  The envelope recommendations include my fabric:

drapey fabrics… gauze of silk, linen or wool; loosely woven linen; hand woven fabrics; tropical weight wool; 3-ply silk; microfiber;light-weight chambrey;silk crepe de chine. 

I may try this one more time and alter the hem to be even without removing any of the wings. I dunno.  I just keep seeing “preggars”

I really don’t want you to read my blog and say “That’s it. I’m not wasting my time with that pattern.”  I’ll repeat that the pattern is well drafted and I’ve seen some lovely creations straight from the envelope.  I do have a clearly defined preference for dressing.  I know what I want to look like. I know what I think looks best on me. I don’t think pregnant is my best look. I’m kind of closed minded in this regard.


Artist in Motion Vesty

Like many others, I’m a devoted fan of Louise Cutting Designs and look forward to each new pattern release. Many of her patterns are TNT’s in my sewing and wardrobe. From the day the previews were issued, I’ve been drooling over the vesty in 62612 Artist in Motion.

I’m using a wool boucle that’s been in my stash for years.  I love the muted blue, gold and cream on navy back ground.  I knew from the moment I saw this fabric that it would become a classic that mixed easily with a large portion of my wardrobe both then and for years to come.  My problem was what pattern to use.  My fabric was 60″ wide but a scant 1-7/8 yards long.  To add to the yardage limitations was the fact that I’ve never  really cared  for the expense of dry cleaning and in my current abode, cleaners of any kind are miles away.  This make dry cleaning a long-term as well as expensive option.  On the plus side, the fabric is wonderfully soft and cushy and drapes as well as a fine silk.

The vesty pattern is incredible.  It consists of 2 major pieces (we’re talking only the vest here) plus bias strips for finishing the neckline and armscyes.  I cheated by electing to use bias tape.  I followed Louise’s instructions for interfacing and hemming.  I had selected two gorgeous button sets but then chickened out.  My fabric is so loosely woven – each stripe that you see is a single yarn woven into place-  that I feared a buttonhole would not stay in place.  I elected to use two coat snaps instead:

which you see above along with the bias binding.  I finished the bindings and hems using my cover stitch machine.  It created a flawless, smooth inner seam.

The two rows of top stitching disappear into the fabric’s weave.

I am concerned about the bias binding finish of the armscye.  When looking into the side

the bias is visible. Not so sure I like that.  It might be better to cut matching bias strips, as Louise recommended; use a lining or keep my arms down at all times.

Right from preview stage, I toyed with the idea of buttoning the sides differently.  I can easily see bring the back forward over the front

or perhaps taking the front further over the back.

Either way would be a nice change for future versions.

I do have to confess to an  unhappy moment.  Both DH and I looked at the side view and said

remember being preggars?  Yes on me the front is rising sharply much the same as during my last 6-8 weeks of pregnancy.  The back view is fine

the front, I think charming.

But I was concerned enough about the side view to try a few things, like clipping pleats into the side.

I haven’t finished.  I don’t want anyone to think my problem is a  pattern drafting issue.  I think it’s a combination of my posture and my garment top had a very slick texture which caused the vesty to slide backwards and forwards.   Since this one is finished,  I’m most likely to change the snap positions and arrange the Vesty sides just a bit differently.

Make no mistake I LOVE THE VESTY.  Just love it.  This is such a wonderful Lagenlook .  More than that, it’s a Lagenlook that I can wear easily (instead of it wearing me. KWIM?) I love wearing vests but most vests are too heavy and warm for summer wear.  This Vesty is definitely my ticket for summer wardrobe coordination.  I need to figure out how to add my inner pockets without destroying the fluid line of the garment. Also I do believe I may want a few inches more length.  Other than that, I can’t wait to make a dozen versions.