Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Road Less Travelled

Barnet Marine Park, Vancouver BC. Oct 2010

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
and sorry I could not travel both
and be one traveler, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
to where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim,
because it was grassy and wanted wear.
Though as for that the passing there
had worn them really about the same

And both that morning equally lay
in leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back

I shall be telling this with a sigh
somewhere ages and ages hence: 
two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less travelled by
And that has made all the difference. 

Wishing you a Happy New Year and a blessed 2012.
May 2012 be the year your dreams come true

Friday, December 30, 2011

Sewing 2: Wedding Gown for MG (3) - Mermaid Skirt in Progress

MG's Wedding Gown: Mermaid Skirt,
Dec 2011

Mermaid skirt almost done.

You can see MG's Wedding Gown in this drawing here and the fabric here
The photo above shows the Mermaid skirt with fused underlining, but without the lining. 

The shape looks great, but the skirt needs pressing as I had a bit of a struggle trying to get it onto Mandy, my M-sized mannequin. *lol*

The skirt is duchess satin which is a really beautiful fabric with a subtle sheen. But duchess satin is also a very delicate fabric, easily snagged by pins and even ragged finger nails, so I had to progress slowly, pinning as I go along and working on one section at a time.

I have completed the main skirt and lining/facing pieces. 
This weekend, I'll join the lining/facing to the skirt, and pin & tack the hem which will be left unfinished until after the final fitting with the wedding shoes, in case alterations are needed.

Technical notes on working with duchess satin are below, and I'll post the draft and construction notes later.

101 Things in 1001 Days: December Update

15% completed so change from November

Nothing completed this month, but I'm happy to be making steady progress on:

#5 Develop the habit of only opening my computer after I've had breakfast and done my morning routine (27/30)
#13 Start a blog and make 100 posts (58/100)
#25 Draw one thing every week (16/52)

 #38 Learn to sew my own clothes and make 1 item a month for 12 months (1/12).........this is on the shelf for 2 months, so I can focus on MG's wedding gown and evening gown.  But that's ok since the purpose of this goal is not only a new wardrobe but also to discipline myself to sew regularly : ) . 

Read on for the full Progress Report on my  101 Things below......

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Drawing 16: Relaxing over Christmas

Relaxing over Christmas, Dec 2011

I missed one week ie the week before Christmas, but I'm not going to beat myself up over it. This is last week's drawing, done while I was at my parents for a few days over Christmas.

Since Mum doesn't go out much because of her Parkinsons, we spent a lot of time watching TV and chatting. And eating. My friend Fui spent Christmas with us this year and I could see the parents really enjoyed her company.

Brother sent a package over from the US containing all sorts of goodies, including my favorite Welch's fruit gums, and I brought with me a box of Marks & Spencer's Christmas biscuits. Every year, Marks & Spencers come out with gift boxes of biscuits covered with Belgian chocolate and I always bring some home for Christmas. It's become a kind of tradition now and the parents look forward to it every year.

They say draw what you see.
What I saw most of the time was my feet on a chair and beyond that the TV.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

One of the most inspiring stories of 2011

Korea's Got Talent: Choi Sung Bong. 
From Youtube. Uploaded by gmldnjsoE 
With English sub-titles.

Choi Sung Bong was abandoned at an orphanage by his parents when he was three. He ran away at five after he was beaten and lived on the streets, surviving by selling gum and soft drinks and sleeping in stairwells and public toilets. 

One day, he was selling gum at a club when he heard a vocalist perform. He was so touched by the sincerity of the singer that he taught himself to sing, taking lessons whenever he could afford it. 

This is his first performance in Korea's Got Talent
He came second in the finals. 

Nella Fantasia

In my imagination I see a fair world,
Everyone lives in peace and in honesty there.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like the clouds that fly,
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul.

In my imagination I see a bright world,
Even the night is less dark there.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like clouds that fly.

In my imagination there exists a warm wind,
That breathes on the cities, like a friend.
I dream of souls that are always free,
Like clouds that fly,
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul.

translation from wikipedia

Wishing you a Blessed and Magical Christmas. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Drawing 15: Evening Gown for MG's Wedding

Drawing 15: Evening Gown for MG's Wedding, 
pen & kurecolour marker, Dec 2011

I am making MG's wedding gown and evening gown. 
You can see the wedding gown design in Drawing 14 here, and the fabric here

Drawing 15 above is the evening gown design.
MG chose a fluid red satin as the main fabric. The look and feel of the satin is gorgeous. It's not shiny but has a sheen, and drapes beautifully. The bodice is black lace on red satin. The waist which has a sash effect, is black tulle on red satin.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ira Glass on Creativity

From Youtube. Uploaded by PRI

Good advice from Ira Glass for all of us who do creative work. 
Transcript below: 

Nobody tells people who are beginners. 
I really wish somebody had told this to me. 

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because  we have good taste and we love doing what we do. But there's this gap. For the first couple of years that you're making stuff, what you're making isn't so good. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sewing 2: Wedding Gown for MG (2)

Fabric for MG's Wedding Gown. Dec 2011

This is the fabric for MG's wedding gown which I posted in Drawing 14 here

Last week, I went shopping with MG and her friend to look for fabric for the wedding gown and the evening gown. We spent almost a full day looking at laces, satins and other dressy fabrics. There was so much choice, it was hard to make a decision but in the end, we settled for a delicate-looking white beaded lace and duchess satin for the wedding gown, and a red satin for the evening gown.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sewing 1: 6-Gore Skirt

6 Gore Skirt, Nov 2011

I decided to kick off my new wardrobe with a few basics that I can wear every day. So I drew a 4 item basic casual capsule which you can see here.

I 've never worn a gore skirt before and couldn't wait to see what it looks like on me, so I sewed this first using an easycare polycotton. I am very happy with the results. The gore skirt is a very flattering (and forgiving) shape, and has a nice drape.

How to draft a 6-Gore Skirt from a basic skirt draft: 
Most skirts are drafted from the basic skirt draft.
To draft this pattern, I used a simple basic skirt draft where both the front and back are the same.