Friday, February 13, 2015

Embracing My Four-ness

A subject like Dressing Your Truth is guaranteed to be something I want to explore. I spent yesterday knitting on the pink scarf while watching and reading at the site. At first, I was waffling between am I this type or am I that type but a few things in particular decided me. Things like...





... Doodling— You do not have a tendency to doodle—it’s just too much movement. However, rather than doodling, you do tend to edit writing, noticing when things are misspelled or grammatically incorrect.


It annoys me to no end when a book has endless errors. I can forgive one... maybe two... but when there's a series of them, I've been known to pull out my red pen and start making corrections. I have even stopped reading books because there were so many errors they detoured me from the content. I've edited and I've written and it's not that I don't make mistakes myself but... VBG... I'd much rather edit than doodle.





... Personal Space—You like to keep things put away and out of sight, creating empty or negative space with no movement. You like your space to be clean, clear and orderly.


LOL - have you seen my studio, my kitchen, my nearly empty closet. I'm a firm believer in having a space for everything and having everything in its space. When there's too much mess and clutter, I can't function. It upsets me tremendously. I even have stopping points in my creative process where I tidy and put the studio back together so I can continue to move forward. I'm good at organization.





... Your exact nature lends itself to your clothes and the way they fit. More than any Type, you are very keenly aware of the fit of a garment. You demand perfection in the way your clothes fit on your body, even to the point of taking them to a tailor to get the exact fit that feels right to you. You may be perceived as “too picky.” It’s just your tendency: you look for perfection and don’t like to settle for less.


If you go through my image files - and especially the ones at the beginning of my return to fashion sewing - there could quite possibly be more pictures of me in fitting shells than in finished clothing. It is VERY important to me to figure out how to sew well fitted garments. I was once described as "a dog with a bone" for my determination to get it just right... and I'm glad I persevered... because now my clothes almost always fit the way I want with only the smallest of adjustments. No tailor needed.





... You prefer to find one-of-a-kind clothes that make your look unique. You stay away from the trendiest clothing and styles, not wanting to look like every other woman.You are so against over-worked trends that if Dressing Your Truth becomes a “trend” you may hesitate to join the club. You seek to keep your unique, individual style.


A huge plus for me about sewing is the fact that my clothes fit, flatter, and are different than what other women are wearing. I don't want to be a cookie cutter of any kind. Even my black t-shirts are better black t-shirts because they're proportional to my size and fit smoothly. I definitely want to create unique, individual, one-of-a-kind clothes that are for me and me alone. I have no desire to see myself walking down the street.





... You have a natural gift for structure and order in your life. Your exact nature needs to be honored in how you dress and accessorize. You are very aware of how a garment fits on your body and prefer to have an exact fit. If what you are putting on your body does not fit you exactly according to your specifications, you will not be drawn to wearing it. If you have compromised on this, these are the garments that hang ignored in your closet. You will always choose to wear the clothes that fit you more perfectly. 


And that is exactly what happened with two of the projects I was working on this month. They didn't look or feel or fit my body the way that I thought they should look and feel and fit and if they'd continued on into the closet, they would never have gotten worn. My daughter once commented that for a woman who sews as much as I do, I sure don't have a lot of clothes. Yes. This is why.

These are the words used to describe my type.... Alluring - Astute - Black and white - Bold - Captivating - Chic - Classic - Clean - Clear - Commanding - Concise - Conservative - Contemporary - Contrasting - Cool - Cultured - Defined - Designer look - Dignified - Diplomatic - Discreet - Distinctive - Distinguished - Dramatic - Elite - Enticing - Exact - Exotic - Extravagant - Extreme - Formal - Impressive - Independent - Lavish - Look of wealth - Majestic - Mesmerizing - Moderate - Modern - Mysterious - Neat - Noble - Notable - Opulent - Poised - Polished - Precise - Professional - Proper - Queenly - Refined - Reflective - Regal - Scintillating - Serene - Serious - Sleek - Smooth - Sophisticated - Stark - Statuesque - Still - Striking - Strong - Stunning - Stylized - Suave - Tailored - Thorough - Tranquil - Vivid - Vogue - Well-structured - Zealous

Some of these words resonate and some of them seem unlikely to be attributed to me. This method of assessing body energy and dressing is more intuitive and less analytic than anything I've studied before. If I've profiled myself correctly, I'm a Type Four. The next step is to learn more about embracing my four-ness and how to dress with type four energy. I'm intrigued to see how that will be both similar to and different from what I've learned with other methods. SO interesting.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - new learning

Confidence doesn't come when you have all the answers. But it comes when you are ready to face all the questions. 
- Unknown

12 comments:

  1. Interesting - I'm seeing a lot of myself in those descriptions!

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    1. Yes, it is interesting. AND... it's another system. They all have elements of the truth and are - I believe - great tools for greater understanding of ourselves but I don't think one system has all the answers. This one has four types that could quite easily be called the spring, summer, winter, fall of the Colour Me Beautiful system or the Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholy or Phlegmatic of another personality testing system. I think any four category system would find a match. BUT... it's fun to explore.

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  2. I'm going to give this a go, Myrna! Thanks

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    1. I'll be interested to hear what you think. Let me know. As I said in my reply to Pearl, there are correlations to other systems and then there are things that sewing our own clothes bring to the table. I was watching the overview for Type 4 and it made me wonder if I was because there are a few things there I absolutely would not do like wear shiny fabric and multiple horizontal lines. I've emailed them for help clarifying my type and I'll be interested to see if there is more information about the shape of your figure as well as the shape of your face as it goes further.

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  3. Please consider looking at 3 as well. No one but a 3 would decide to throw out her clothes as quickly. 3 s decide and do at the same time! Roll up your sleeves and get re done kind of girl.

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    1. I agree. I've been waffling back and forth between the 3/4 and have sent them an email asking for help. That said, I thought about the closet for more than two minutes before I went through it. And I'm very methodical. And organized. And only do one thing at a time. And... and... and... I'm over-thinking and analyzing it and apparently that's a four. We'll see what they have to say.

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  4. You jumped so quickly. That is so much more a type 3. Keep reading.

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    1. LOL - nope, I'm definitely a four. See Monday's posting.

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  5. Interesting.
    The descriptions you quote do sound like the impression I have from reading your blog, however reading the list of words it did seem as if some of them contradict each other.
    It does look like a site worth investigating.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I noticed those contradictions too. I think it's about her interpretation of the word. I've noticed that with watching the videos. I'll let you know which way things go.

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  6. It took a lot of digging into her site, but I finally found out what it was going to cost. Will have to think seriously about that.

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    1. There's a lot of free information at the site that is certainly worth exploring. I've seen a price of $267 that I think is ridiculous and that was reduced to $99.00. To me, that price still has expectations and IMHO the money would be better spent buying her book or investing the time in exploring the subject. If you're unfamiliar with the topic, you'll find enough to get you going in the free info and if you are familiar with the subject, if you're like me and quite familiar with this subject I imagine you'll find the course info substandard and not extensive enough. It doesn't go into fashion personality or figure type at all and provides more of a cookie cutter approach rather than a one-of-a-kind one which I found highly disappointing since - as a four - that's vital to me. My two cents.

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