Thursday, July 10, 2014

What Did You Do.... ?

A common interview question these days is what did you do to prepare for this interview? The answer can cover everything from getting your hair cut to researching the company to reviewing your resume to working with a coach. The interviewer is look at the details and the investment.





Yesterday, I made a phone call that I'd been looking forward to and wanted to go well. I set a timer to make sure I stopped painting in time to get ready for the call. I charged the phone. I changed out of my painting clothes, checked my hair and make-up, and put on jewelry so I felt prettier and more confident. I sat in a comfortable seat near a mirror to monitor my facial expressions and had a notepad and pen at hand, questions ready, and information to share. The call went well.





Often when I'm snoop shopping, the sales person will comment on what I'm wearing and when I say I sewed my outfit, I'll get some version of I wish I could sew. It seems to me that what they're really wishing for is a magic wand because if they wanted to sew, they'd sew. What they want is to sew really, really well... and that takes time and prep.





Making a bunch of insets is not as much fun as sewing an actual garment. Neither is sampling buttonholes or stitch patterns or thread colors or learning to sew an invisible zipper. These are the practice stages and they are what we do to be able to sew really, really well.





I have an aversion to the make it tonight, wear it tomorrow approach unless what you're making tonight and wearing tomorrow actually can be accomplished in an hour or so. Say a basic t-shirt. And that's fabulous because sewing a basic t-shirt really, really well is great prep for playing with variations on a theme. With that confidence and prep, next you can sew a not so basic t-shirt.





All the pictures in this posting are from my files. They've been there for a while so I doubt that any of the garments are still available but the inspiration is. I'm intrigued that pictures I had forgotten I'd kept will still prompt ideas and point me in positive directions. The first blouse and cardigan remind me of the Chopin blouse pattern I just bought from The Sewing Workshop. They are variations on that theme. There is a lot I can do with the idea of flared blouse. One of the things I love about sewing is that it's never ending.




When we identify what we really enjoy and then do the prep of getting really, really well at putting those parts and pieces together, is when we can take our creative clothing in new directions and there's an endless flow of new possibilities to explore. That's what inspires me to do what I need to do to do what I want to do.

Yesterday, I finished getting the room ready for my son to move back today and while he and his friends are busy moving furniture, I'm off to Revelstoke - two and half hours away - to visit my friend, Francine, who moved there last fall. We will chat, talk about our art, have lunch, visit the gallery and some boutiques, and tour the town on foot. I can't remember what length I hemmed the jeans at but if it's a comfortable walking length, I'll wear them and get her to take a picture for tomorrow because I definitely won't get any sewing done today.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a ready room

I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort. 
- Elizabeth T. King 


10 comments:

  1. I hope that your interview went well. I have found that when I'm job searching it isn't unusual to have an initial phone interview.

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    1. Oh dear... I didn't phrase that well. It was a call I was looking forward and needed to prepare for but it wasn't a job interview. Not even looking for one of those.

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  2. I loved this post.

    "These are the practice stages and they are what we do to be able to sew really, really well."

    I spent one weekend last year practicing welt pockets. It wasn't "fun" but it would be the total and complete opposite of fun to try a welt in a garment and ruin it. So I practiced (and practiced and practiced some more) on different fabrics and trying several different tutorials. VERY helpful, indeed!

    Good luck with the job!

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    1. YES - bound buttonholes and welt pockets are on my list. Thanks for inspiring me to do the work.

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  3. Yep. Sometimes a garment has to sit, or hang, for as long as a year until it tells you what it wants to be. Other times, you just need another shirt/blouse/slack quickly, to replace a torn one, or to fit your new size -- and it goes so quickly you can scarcely believe it. As I tend to rely on historical documents from many different eras to inform my sewing (if only for a trim detail) my "idea box" is full of pictures that are not necessarily in current fashion. They do all tend to look like the "me" that lives inside my head. Some of them would be flattering on the "me" that I see when I look in the mirror. I'm increasingly fond of belled sleeves, nowadays. And wide, loose, trousers, in the miasma of a southern summer.

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    1. I love this age. I pay little attention to what's in fashion although a lot to the details and I sew what I want to wear. In fact, I was shopping with my friend today and said to her, you can't buy that dress because there are too many here and you don't want to look like everyone else. She got it.

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  4. Thank you for this post. I needed the reminder that nothing comes without practice. I have been thinking about working my way through one of my sewing books, learning and relearning the basics rather than getting into something and realizing that I understand what to do, but don't have the skill to actually be able to perform it.

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    1. Good for you. GO GO GO - and have fun. It is practice and practice typically is hard work but there's a huge sense of accomplishment as you see your skills improve.

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  5. "I wish I could sew. It seems to me that what they're really wishing for is a magic wand because if they wanted to sew, they'd sew. What they want is to sew really, really well... and that takes time and prep."
    I read that and blushed in recognition.

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    1. LOL - and now you know what to do to get what you want. YEAH. Have fun.

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