Tuesday, February 19, 2013

No Danger Of Over Fitting

Yesterday, I received an email from a friend that said... your purple blouse looks good... you like to 'over fit' which I know you know! You need to be able to move in it. Just wear it!

I am incredibly grateful for this friend. She tells me the truth and calls me on it when I'm wrong and attempting to rationalize my point of view. When you're trying to improve your skills and develop your style and move with confidence, it is a delight to have someone to talk things over with. In this case, I can truthfully say that I am in no danger of over fitting. I'm not fixing the purple blouse; I'm wearing it.

The change for the next blouse is a narrow shoulder adjustment to move the shoulder point over to a more flattering position that allows for a better range of movement. Nothing else is getting snugged in. There is 4 1/2" of ease on the bust and the hips and I can move. This is an improvement. I distinctly remember drafting with 1 1/2" of ease at one point. She called me on it - LOL.




Before my company arrived yesterday afternoon, I pulled three fabrics for the block printed blouse and got most of the pieces cut out. It'll be another rendition of Butterick 5678. Right now, the plan is to use the floral on the side front, side back, and sleeve pieces and the black plaid as the center front and center back pieces, and the grey with black stripe as the button band, collar, and collar stand.




Here's the back with the plaid of the center panel running vertically and horizontally and....




... here it is with the plaid on the bias. Both look unbelievably loud to me. Part of me is worried that I'll look like I'm wearing a quilt since that's my last experience of mixing up prints and part of me is excited to try something new. It could end up not pretty - as in ugly - and that's okay. It's more important to me to stretch myself creatively than it is to create a masterpiece. I may opt to use the plaid only on the front. What do you think?

I've thought a lot about Libby's comment yesterday that ugly is such an unpleasant word and that incredibly ugly is an incredibly ugly thing to say. I appreciated her point of view and the opportunity to consider it. My company yesterday afternoon was three other artists and we discussed what I'd written and whether it was offensive and would it have been possible to say what I wanted to say in another way and why should it even have been necessary considering the context I'd used. We all had the same point of view.

Ugly is a word that means not pretty. I agree that it would have been not pretty of me if I'd directed my comments at a specific artist but that isn't what happened. I shared my opinion about how spending all that time - about five hours - looking at fabric necklaces only to see very little that was attractive with good design caused me to want to attempt to create what I would think is a beautiful fabric necklace. It was a personal observation leading to a personal challenge and not aimed at nor harmful to anyone else. I also saw some fabulous pieces but they were more rare and didn't inspire me in the same way.

I wonder where in our world is the respect necessary for honest opinions generally stated without harmful intent - simple this is how I feel and perhaps you don't feel that way and it's okay if we agree to disagree type statements. While freedom of speech absolutely must come with responsibilities, something rare and special and individual is lost if personal opinions cannot be voiced and we  become bland and homogenized. To move in a direction where personal opinion isn't valued seems to me to move toward a time when portions of the population are increasingly over reactive and portions of the population are increasingly complacent and that sounds dangerous. Besides, there's no point going shopping with your girl friend if she's not going to tell you that that skirt isn't doing your hips any favours ! and if you love it, you can buy it anyway !

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - friends that tell you that that skirt isn't doing your hips any favours

18 comments:

  1. Just had to say the fabrics are lovely. I think the floral with the plaid is a fresh approach, but, (did you know there was a but coming?) I think the scale of the plaid may be a bit large for the floral. The same colors, smaller plaid. I am afraid I am not adventurous with prints and plaids, just not my style, learned that some time ago. I am anxious to see how this works for you. And, by the way, there is nothing wrong with "ugly." You are correct about how modern culture has attempted to round out the edges of everything we say, think, feel and do...to homogenize so to speak. Sometimes I know that I stand out because I am not of that bent, oh well. I am not rude or mean but I am honest. Interestingly, several people recently have remarked that they have lost conversational skills in the attempt to not "offend" anyone's sensibilities. Oh my!

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    1. Good thought. I have paired that floral fabric with a MUCH smaller check before and it looked fabulous. The other fabric in this set of three - the one with the stripe - was intended to tone things down especially near my face. After I'd taken these pictures, I turned the plaid over and it's darker on the other side which seems to be more calming - LOL - relatively speaking. I'm not sure it's "me" but I'm going to keep going because I want to punch things up a little and push some edges with my sewing.

      I have listened to commentaries on the news about what so and so said and what it meant and who is reacting to it in what way and when I hear the original statement, the reaction they are having is not at all what I heard. I'm not going to give an example as that would cause an uproar so I hope you know what I mean. I'm not rude but I am - like you - honest and in today's society that creates issues and oh well, there's not much that can be done about that because I'm not willing to live a false front. That's WAY too much work and this is my one and only precious life. I definitely do not want to be mean but I do want to be real.

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  2. There are some amazing people out there with great products for sale on Etsy. I believe I am related to one of them. ;) But... there is also a reason regretsy exists. I'm not sure who the audience is for some of the items out there but it's not me. And that is okay. I don't have to like everything for sale, I am certain there are few people who would appreciate the zombie cuff links I bought for my husband through Etsy.

    I have another thought on your perspective on fabric necklaces. When a person can't do something, we wander along trying to find someone who sees things the way we do and get happy when it's vaguely similar. I don't know how to make furniture, my range of acceptable/functional to beautiful is pretty wide. But you do know what you would want to do for a fabric necklace. Maybe you can't put it out there just yet because you haven't played around with it yet, but somewhere in your creative brain is the start of what you would want your art to look like. And you aren't seeing it. And that's not a bad thing.

    I couldn't pull off that mix of prints, it's just not me. I'll have to hold out on judgement because when I can't picture things for myself I struggle seeing it pulled together at all.

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    1. There are some gorgeous creations on Etsy. One artist out of New York makes amazing pieces with zippers and another that I can't remember where she's from does stunning beaded cuff bracelets.

      I looked not just on Etsy but all over the Internet and only at fabric necklaces. There were a lot of repeats and often a repeat of someone else's great idea does not come off nearly as well. They are not fabric necklaces but Kat Wise's sweaters come to mind as an example.

      I'm sure there are ideas floating around my head but it's more that I have my own definition of beautiful and sophisticated and the meaning of those words is subjective and individual which is probably why I've never done well at selling my products. My taste isn't mainstream.

      LOL - I'm not sure the mix is me either but it sure is fun to sew with and I like the challenge of trying to pull it together.

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  3. I think those prints are fun together, although only you know what you are comfortable wearing. Black piping between them might help merge them visually more, and be an interesting design element. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

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    1. Black piping sounds like a great idea. I was also looking at the selvage on one of the fabrics and thinking about the role of the buttons.

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    2. Hot pink buttons maybe? I dare ya. ;-)

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    3. That made me burst out laughing because it's not much of a dare. My mind was already there thinking that the strong pull of pink buttons on the grey would draw the eye away from the floral/plaid. Definitely will be exploring that idea. I might try covering them with the pink from the floral.

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  4. hmm, I'm looking at those 3 fabrics together, and the combination isn't working for me. I wonder about a smaller plaid, as suggested above. Option B: have 1 of the 3 be a solid.

    Beats me, though, because I'm seeing it on my monitor, and you're seeing it in real life! It will be fun to see how it all shakes out.

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    1. LOL - great ideas. Thanks. The pieces are already cut out and fused and so after all the suggestions I'm going to go ahead with what's in front of me and treat it like I would a textile art piece and evaluate and respond as I go along. It may not be something I'll wear. It may not even be wearable but it surely will be fun to put together.

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  5. I like the saying, "Say what you mean and mean what you say." In your opinion, things were ugly. Enough said. Political correctness is overtaking the world, IMO, and IMO, that's not a good thing. Enough said. Carry on and have fun!

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  6. Hi Myrna, Looking forward to the completion of your vision. Only you know what is in your mind. And I do like your purple blouse.
    Do you think sometimes that when we sew things we have the idea that people are going to scrutinize them to see any possible errors? The colour is wonderful and should brighten up a day.
    As for ugly- that is what you saw and you weren't pointing your finger at a specific artist so I don't see a problem. Trying to think of what other word you could use that meant ugly but didn't say ugly. Ridiculous.
    Terry(where it won't be spring for quite a while so i have to keep buying tulips in the grocery store)

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    1. LOL - and maybe even I don't know what I have in mind. Right now, I just need to have fun.

      I think that constant negativity is an epidemic. There's so much fault finding and not nearly enough support and encouragement. Teaching taught me how to frame suggestions in a positive light and that has been valuable learning for all areas of life. Not that I'm perfect. But it surely did help.

      The color is beautiful. LOVE the pink. While I was running this morning I worked out in my head all kinds of ways to go forward and I'm excited to try the ideas out. THAT is worth the price of admission. Excitement. I need the thing that energizes me to actually be energizing me.

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  7. Well ... I think ... that these 3 fabrics combined together are vivid and colourful and full of life and fashionable. Definitely need the grey softer fabric nearer your face, and then pop the colour with shocking-pink buttons! Just soooo crazy I know it will work for you...

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    1. It's definitely working for me - the actualy journey that is. I have a sore throat and the sniffles and I'm still having a delightful day in the studio auditioning possibilities and taking how I made this decision images for a future posting.

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  8. If you make up your vision and find it brighter than you wanted, you might try overdyeing with a weak brown or other color dye. That tones down the contrast.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.