Wednesday, May 30, 2012

imagination is everything

I like the thought, although things often turn out different than I imagined.
And that is okay.  
Happily, the linen is really nice for this pattern!  It's coming along better than imagined.
The trim in the seaming looks better now than it did under the harsh glare of my inspection immediately after sewing it.
It always takes a little while to stop seeing all the imperfections in my work.

A pocket for my phone!  My stepson asked me once why I never seldom sew pockets.
Well, my dear boy, the answer is laziness.  But this jacket calls for pockets.
 I am enjoying something a little more complex than my recent simple pieces.

I particularly like the shoulder pieces on this design.   
The instructions call for a bound finish on the seams, and
one is reminded to finish those seams BEFORE top-stitching.
I forgot to do that, so ... instead I just zig-zagged the edges and
 it looks fine to me.  Maybe next time.

Today I am packing because my new adventure includes setting up a small apartment in another city.  My husband and I have operated out of multiple cities off & on since we met.  This is one of the problems with finding the perfect man - he might not have a job in same same city you do.  But, what initially seemed problematic now seems enriching and exciting for both of us and it has a positive impact on our children, friends and family, too.

In that sense, I think the fortune cookie quote is pretty accurate.  When Howie and I met, we imagined a future together, despite some pretty obvious geographical challenges.   Here we are now, thriving, almost a decade later.  I wonder who writes those messages in fortune cookies?  It seems like it might be a fun job.  Wouldn't you feel tempted to write some outrageous things, though?  (I would!)





42 comments:

  1. What a pretty color. The seam finish looks wonderful and the jacket is going to be great. I always feel lazy about adding pockets but I'm always glad when I do. Good luck in your new adventures!

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    1. we need to just say YES to pockets! thank you!

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  2. That jacket is looking very good!
    I have come to realize that pockets are an absolute must in a jacket, even teeny ones sneeked into a seam. I have a number of jackets, unfortunately, that predate that realization, and every time I wear one I have to say "what idiot didn't put pockets on this jacket?!" Only one person is to blame!

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    1. Irene, I am coming to the same realization!

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  3. Great color, you're making good progress.

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    1. thank you Sigrid, I am thinking of people like you as I sew this. You sew complicated things all the time!

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  4. I'm not sure where you live now, but the idea of a small apartment in the city sounds incredibly exciting! How lucky that you and your husband are able to drink in the joys of living in different places.

    As for your sewing...wow. That's going to be a mighty fine jacket. I see NO FLAWS. Even if you point them out, I still won't see them.

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    1. yes, I see the teeny apartment as very exciting, too! and thank you :)

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  5. That is an amazing color and I love the lines of the back, especially. I have been secretly hoping your new adventure will involve fiber of some sort.

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    1. aw thanks... so clever you are Ninja ...

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  6. Love the jacket. Good luck with the move!!!!

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    1. I need some luck, ha! Discipline is in short supply right now :)

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  7. My favorite fortune cookie says "Something wonderful is about to happy!" (Yes, happy.) :)
    I love the jacket. I might be tempted/inspired by you to make that one myself.

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    1. so it may not have been written by a native English speaker, eh?

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  8. Wonderful jacket, color and design are both interesting.

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    1. thank you Nancy! I respect your taste.

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  9. Great jacket, cool planning. I am making some changes too, and I see you as somehting of an inspiration if you don't mind. You (and a few other online friends my age-ish) have shown me that there are new horizons all the time. I'm tickled that I can follow your adventure, keep us posted! K

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    1. good news, we are not over the hill quite yet, are we?

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  10. What exciting changes in going on! I am so glad this is all working out for you. If one is not open to change, one is not open to growth.

    Love this jacket, luv, luv, luv. I will pick this one up on the next Vogue sale at JAs. I can see how the fit is really committed once you start sewing. If ever a garment needed a muslin, this would be the one. It will be fab for your new job when done. Good luck!

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    1. oh I'd love to see your version of this, Bunny. It looks a little formal on the envelope, but I am pleased it will work well for casual wear, too.

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  11. The details on the jacket are so beautiful, they remind me of vintage. You sound very happy and excited about your changes and what could be better than that.

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    1. it is a happy season, Judith. Thank goodness happy seasons pass through our lives as well as the many other times.
      thank you.

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  12. Wow! I love it! The details are really awesome. I'm definitely buying this pattern at the next sale.

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    1. yes, Amanda, this one is right up your alley!

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  13. This jacket has absolutely wonderful lines. I love your version so far!

    25 years ago on my third or fourth date with the man who would become my husband, I opened a fortune cookie that read, "Confucious say, Angel with arms better than angel with wings." He quickly agreed, and we've been together ever since.

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  14. Beautiful post- the sentiment, your life arc, and the seaming. :)

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  15. Love the lines on your jacket! And I am ridiculous about pockets - I've gone through all sorts of contortions trying to figure out how to hide a pocket in a garment that really shouldn't have pockets....but I'm a pocket addict, what can I say?

    I love your fortune cookie too :)

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    1. Jilly, I think it is smart to add pockets wherever possible and I am headed down that path, too.
      It will simplify life.

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  16. I hope your apartment in the new city has a sewing space. I love this Anne Klein jacket pattern and have it in my collection, so I am eagerly following your progress. And the fabric is in one of my favorite colors!

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    1. yes, Audrey - I've had to re-think what I need to get the job done, and pare it down accordingly.
      But there is definitely a nice little sewing space.
      :)

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  17. Congratulations! I'm a subscriber and can't wait to see the magazine with your touch applied!

    Lynda in LV

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  18. Hey, can I crash in your pad when you're back in Baltimore? ;)

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    1. Ha! That was the first thing my daughter asked, too!

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  19. I'm pretty excited about this jacket. I bought the pattern recently with the intention of making it up in some deeply burnt orange stretch linen. Good luck with your move.

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  20. Your plans sound intriguing. Can't wait to hear more. Love the jacket finishes... So sculptural... I'm just making a jacket with pockets too!

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  21. The jacket looks beautiful! I love the color and the seam lines. Good luck in your new adventures!

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  22. The jacket is beautiful! Love the color and the seam lines! Good luck with your new adventures!

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  23. This jacket is so very lovely! The color you've chosen is absolutely gorgeous. I've been searching for a jacket pattern to try my hand at that would lend itself to altering for an hourglass and this pattern is definitely the winner! I'm tempted to try out a contrasting color for the trim or maybe for a couple of the back panels. I wonder if I could use something heavier than linen, though. I have some fabulous blue wool that I'm dying to make into some kind of fitted jacket. Any thoughts?

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    1. Yes, I think you could use almost any woven fabric that lends itself to an unlined jacket - good luck!

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