A Little Of This, A Little Of That

Happy New Year!

As I mentioned in my last post, I had taken a few vacation days in December. Amidst all the “busy-ness” of the season I made some time to do a little sewing and drawing.

I have been on the search for a vest pattern for quite a while, and I finally found one that I love! It is the Modern Silhouette Vest from Indygo Junction.

modern silhouette vestI have no idea how I missed this pattern in previous searches. It is exactly what I envisioned wanting. I have several cuts of medium weight linen from fabrics-store.com, and chose the gray color “asphalt” for my vest.

linen modern silhouette vest

The above photo is after a full day of wear…not much wrinkling for linen. This pattern is such a fast make. the front and back seams are sewn RIGHT sides together and then the seam allowances are pressed open and topstitched down. The directions have you finish the edges before you stitch the seams (they recommend serging, but since I have yet to master my serger, I zigzagged the raw edges). I love the frayed edges:

linen vest detail

I already have plans for several more versions in both woven fabrics and knits. I can see myself getting tons of wear out of this, especially considering we have been having 75 degree weather lately.

On the drawing front, I have been commissioned to do a portrait. I worked on it before Christmas, but the client and I decided that the photo chosen just wasn’t working (the resolution was low and I wasn’t happy with my resulting lack of detail), so she is taking more photos over the Christmas holidays. We will meet in the next week or so to finalize the photo and I will begin a new version.

In the meantime, I decided to try out some new techniques in an effort to improve my blending skills. A friend had given me a photo (a year and a half ago, eek!) of her son when he was a toddler for me to do a portrait, and had told me to “take my time”, and she “wasn’t in a hurry”. I don’t think she will ever do that again! I decided to pick it back up and implement the new (to me) blending techniques/approach to drawing and I am so pleased with the result!

dalton final

I know that I still have room (a great deal) to improve, but I think this is so much better than previous attempts. My friend has only seen a photo of it, but she said she loves it, and that is all that matters to me!

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