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