Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the best thing about creating, for me?” Your creating could be anything from working with your daily meals, to the space in which you live, to your relationships, to “art” (whatever that is). We all create in our daily lives even if we don’t recognize it as such.
My answer? Learning. Plain & simple, I love to learn. Creating allows me to bring my love of learning to one more facet of my life. After all of my formal schooling, you’d think I would have known how much I love to learn. But no, it didn’t strike me until Inside-Out last spring.
My latest learning odyssey has been to delve further into pattern drafting to add more complicated design elements. I have so many sketches that I can’t yet take off of the page and put into fabric because I am not quite sure how to add some of the details into the 2-dimensional paper that becomes part of the 3-dimensional garment. But I’m learning and it is awesome.
My latest finished design is an A-line skirt. I know, simple enough, right? But it has front & back darts, a side-zipper, and a ruffled hem. I knew how to sew them before now, but being able to draft them all into a pattern? Not so much.
:: vintage sheet found last year during this visit ::
This skirt provided heaps of “learning moments.” I couldn’t be more pleased with all the new knowledge gained, and the skirt itself isn’t too bad, either. An example of something I learned: I like to wear my skirts higher up than my pants. This means that the waist on the above skirt is actually a bit too big (I have it folded in a bit in the picture, thus the back hem is hanging down slightly more than the front), but I’m going to wear it as is anyway as a reminder to myself to enjoy even that which I might not deem perfect.