In his follow-up book A Kick in the Seat of the Pants, he discusses using each role in much greater detail. I've just started working through that book. I'm looking forward to learning because while my explorer is generating a lot of ideas, my artist could stand to play a bit more, my judge could temper her critique somewhat, and my warrior is wimpy.
I could tell you all the right lines for getting around it and moving forward because I've told them to my students but what I realized last weekend was that fear had a really good grip on parts of my studio. There are things that I really Really REALLY want to do that I'm avoiding for fear of failure and other things that I want to want to do because I think they are safe. Perhaps Kick will give me the good kick that I need.
One of the things my explorer loves to do get my artist to do is play with ways of perfecting fit. Yesterday, I used the adjusted pattern to sew the second pair of purple pants from start to finish with no fitting. It was so fun to focus on doing my neatest best work and enjoying the process of the piece coming together without taking it on and off and analyzing fit. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. The results tell me I'm making progress.
I took out a significant amount of extra fabric at the waist - 6" - by curving the side seam and incorporating a dart. It's a bit drastic and leaves a pouff at the side that's not really noticeable with the elastic waist. The decrease would be better accomplished as smaller darts front and back and even so, it's good.
My learning about fitting pants is coming along. I see the crotch point as similar to the bust point and the hip depth as similar to the armhole depth and the waist as similar to the shoulder point. Sometimes I draw a box around the underarm and move it up because the bust point is already where it needs to be and other times I take a fold through the upper chest and move them both up. The correlation is the same.
Sometimes I'll draw a box around the hip depth and move it up because the crotch point is already where it needs to be and other times I'll take a fold across and move them up together and then I'll measure the front and back crotch lengths to make sure neither is too short or too long and adjust as necessary with a tapered inset or fold.
I'm quite pleased with the front of my new pants. I think the back is close but not quite. I'll probably still fiddle with it on a pair with no pleats since the pull of the pleats makes it hard to see for sure but those curved wrinkles suggest a bit more shaping is needed.
These purple pants go with six of the seven tops in my cruise collection so I'll definitely be taking them along. I figured that would happen - that I'd feel comfortable once I had enough clothes together and then I'd start playing with what would get added or deleted from the mix. I'll be to show you the final selections before I leave. The black linen Butterick 6891 I'm working on now has a good chance of making it too.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - 6/7 without planning is not bad
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
- T. S. Eliot