When I got home, I put on my very type four windbreaker and went for a walk. I came across a young family with a toddler. When I inquired about his age, he was almost two just like my grandson and when I mentioned that, the Dad stopped, looked at me, and said you don't look nearly old enough to be a grandma. Thanks. I'll take that.
As I mentioned in the comments, I sent an email Thursday asking for help clarifying what type I am. The auto reply indicates that you will receive a response within 24 hours. I have still not received a response. That is SO ANNOYING and being annoyed over something like this is very type four. SO is...
... being less than impressed with the content of the paid portion of the site - Dressing Your Truth. I can only speak to the type 4 information since that's all I had access to but I found the modules less than best. Five of them are the make-over of the same woman labelled transformation 1, 2, 3, 4, and conclusion. I thought that would be four different transformations and a wrap up for the course rather than watching one woman get made over with minimal detail.
Several of the modules are basically ads for products. One is a make-up lesson without close-ups or illustrations. You get to watch their very young, type four assistant put on her make-up and say she's happy. This does not address the dynamics of age nor does it address the dynamics of fashion personality. As one comment noted, the list of words seems contradictory and it stands to reason that a conservative type four would do her make-up differently than a more dramatic type four. And her hair.
There was information on curly hair that I didn't look at since I don't have curly hair but otherwise the main advice for hairstyle was to get a blunt cut like a bob. There was one picture of a woman with short hair and no explanation of how to choose a short haircut AND... which I really wanted to know... no information on wearing glasses. It was noted that a type four finds too much jewelry too much and will wear either a necklace or earrings but typically not both. WHAT IF she also has to wear glasses? How does she choose?
There is no advice about how to evolve your current wardrobe without buying all new clothes and absolutely no information on figure type in the modules so the suggestion to wear big bold stripes, the bigger the better, is not tempered with information about where to place those stripes or where not to. It is noted that with their parallel features type fours should wear parallel lines and avoid asymmetry without noting that if you are a dramatic type four, asymmetry will make you even more dramatic or that you might not want a bunch of parallel horizontal stripes across wide hips. SO....
... there's my feedback. I'm a four. You can tell by my being less than impressed, by my seeing exactly how to make the course better, and by my annoyance at their lack of reply - within their own stated time frame - to my questions. If the product was returnable, I would return it. If you're interested in this subject - and especially with the goal of combining it with sewing - there are far better resources. I would suggest reading what you can get for free and then doing more research. How we dress is a combination of our colouring, our bone structure, our figure type, and our fashion personality combined with our life style and our psychological make-up. It's far beyond simply wearing intense bold colours and straight lines. HOWEVER... to be fair...
... while none of this information was new, it did re-connect me with a part of myself that I'd let go. I've always loved that immaculate make-up and not a hair out of place look and I just wasn't bothering. The response I got on Saturday to making the effort was worth the effort. And the timing was great coming as it did right when I am wardrobe planning. Is that worth the price of the course? Even reduced from $267 to $99, I don't think so. Perhaps the information I wanted is elsewhere but if so, I wasn't impressed enough to keep looking and it wasn't obvious that I should. In reality, the free info had already moved me forward and I was looking for more depth. Sadly, the modules didn't deliver it for me. Being reconnected did help with choices on Saturday when...
... I pulled out of my stash any fabric that I thought might work as part of my cruise collection. This was a much higher pile than I had expected. I knew that not every fabric would work but I also knew that by pulling them out I would be able to see what I had and - hopefully - make the wisest choices.
I sorted the larger pile into smaller piles by color and by woven or knit prints. Some fabrics eliminated themselves right away because they didn't play nicely with the rest of the collection - the orange print being one of them. I LOVE that print and I will sew something with it but it won't work as part of the collection. Neither will that bright pink knit. It's great and I plan to make a top with it this week but it's not part of the party.
Once I had the fabrics sorted, I worked with the checklist to find a fabric for each item. At this point, I wasn't measuring the yardage but I was eyeballing it and some pieces went back into the stash because there wasn't enough fabric for the garment. In the end, I was only short fabric for three garments - two white knit tops and one aqua knit top - and I'd like to replace the fabric for two garments with a different version if possible but it's not critical. What I need and what I'd like to replace went on my shopping list for Sew Expo.
On Sunday, I began pairing fabric and pattern. For each garment, I pasted a swatch of fabric into my journal and then wrote the pattern number and fabric requirement... just in case what I chose doesn't work out. I also checked to make sure I had enough fabric for the pattern and - LOL - made an attempt at drawing a diagram of the garment. I thought this might help to develop my drawing skills. This morning, I'll finish pairing fabric and pattern and then put the piles in sewing order from the least to the most fitted. I don't think I'll start sewing these garments until after I get back from Sew Expo. I have a few things to finish first but having the outline together is fabulous and gives me a clear idea of what I need to buy and do.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - that I already owned almost all of the fabric I needed
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, and to work and play, and to look up at the stars.
- Henry van Dyke