Saturday, August 8, 2009

Introduction - Myrna

The three hundred and fifty meters of fashion fabric in my stash seems to speak to a yearning of some kind - LOL. In my twenties, I sewed everything from lingerie to outerwear and had an up-to-date, stylish wardrobe. Then, I started a home-based business and had three kids and ever since, I’ve been living in jeans and a black t-shirt. It’s getting REALLY old.

This sew-a-long comes at a great time. Twenty years later, I’m in the process of closing down my business. Although I have a few commitments to finish up between now and mid January, I’m planning to take some transition time to wind down and – finally – sew fashions again. Some me time.

Every fall, I attend a retreat with sixty female artists. We work on our own project at our own pace. This year, I’m starting a mini-swap wardrobe. Ideally, I’ll have the muslins fit before I leave. The Chanel-inspired jacket will be one of the four pieces along with a pair of jeans, a dressy t-shirt, and a blouse. Planning for the retreat means that even if I’m late getting going, I’ll definitely start the first week in October. I’ve signed up for a few contests at PR and never made it past the starting line. I’m highly hopeful that this time will be different.

One of the things I learned while reading The Triumph of Individual Style by is why I lean toward sweaters and softer lines as opposed to more structured clothing. I’m glad to see the rules are not rigid. My jacket will be a softer version of something. I have no idea of what yet as I need to research what exactly makes a jacket a Chanel jacket and what would disqualify another idea and then look through my fabric and patterns for something that works. I’ll let you know.

- Myrna


  1. I love the idea of a softer version. Fits my stay at home lifestyle. I like Chanel jackets because of the quilted lining and no facings.

    Welcome. And I have you all set up--sorry for the double notes...I couldn't remember if I had answered your original note! Loosing it. And I added your blog. Can't wait to read it!

  2. Hi Myrna, look forward to hearing about your research and what you decide to sew! Love that this jacket will be part of a mini-SWAP.

  3. Hi Myrna, I used to have the book, The Triumph of Style. I'll have to check my shelves and pull it out to review it.