First off, I'd like to thank everyone who's taken the moment to write a comment lately, and to encourage me on this journey to do the long distance fittings and to creatively and optimally use the stash. I really appreciate your input, your thoughts, and your complements.
Next, I'd like to point you to some things going on around the net that you might have seen, might not have.
Jae wrote an incredibly thought-provoking piece on words that we use that define ourselves and to a degree end up limiting our craft/ourselves. Take a minute to go read it, then ponder for awhile.
Cidell wrote a post on pressing tools that is very informative, and well referenced and illustrated. If you think you could use some brush up on your pressing, def take a look
Shannon has begun another sure-fire winner of a SWAP. It's one of those fantasy wardrobes that we all wish we had in the closet, and all had the lifestyle to wear. Take a look at her Jackie Kennedy inspired plan for some pure eye candy.
Liana has written about interfacings here, and linked to a source that is def worth checking out.
And for my last link today, I'm sending you to see Claudines latest creation. Claudine is doing the kind of sewing that I find most rewarding - the kind that is labor intensive, time consuming, and ultimately results in beautiful clothes.
Meanwhile, back here in the production studio:
Yesterday I made a pair of island pants with serious modifications, which I'll write about when I can get photos - it is grey, drizzly, and depressing here right now. Bad light, bad hair, what can I say? I also got the yellow linen shorts made. Today I expect to get two more bottoms done.
This is production sewing. It feels good in that I'm getting some end product that I really really need, and all of it is going into a suitcase at the end of the week. But, it surely isn't the kind of sewing I most enjoy.
I'm going to finish this Caribbean Capsule in the next day or two, and then work some more on my sisters stuff...but I have this hankering, a deep need, to work on something really challenging.
And, the RTW/Designer knockoff challenge is going on on PR right now.
Garments for judging are due Feb 29. I'm thinking that when I get home, in between production sewing for my sister, I'm going to spend some quality time on one thing.
Question is: what? If I do manage to finish something for this contest, I'm finishing it because I want to be in the running. So, I'm looking for a project that will garner votes. I have 4 projects on my radar that have been there a long long time. I have the fabrics for all, I have places to wear each, and eventually each will get made. I was going to make this decision with the input of just a couple of friends, but you know, I'm looking for a garment that will have wide appeal for judging, so I think I'm going to open up the decision process here.
I'd really like your input. You can just vote below, you can leave a comment, or both. - edit, I don't have the fabric for the 4th, so it's eliminated already.
Thanks for considering and thanks for your input
If you were looking at a project in a Designer Knockoff contest, and the project was well-executed, photographed well and presented well, which would you be most inclined to vote for as your favorite. (that's the criteria for the general vote at PR - what is your favorite?)
I should mention here that this is the first contest they're having where there will actually be a judges panel also. The panel will be judging on more criteria than just "what is your favorite", (thank heavens), and for that, all I can do is put forth the best product I can, and hope for the best.
(as always, click on the photo to enlarge and see detail)
Option 2 below
Option 3 below