When an idea is shared with others during it's germination stage, especially those who don't fully support you or are more grounded in their own reality (and need to be right) rather than allowing room for anyone elses, ideas can be squashed and killed. Your gentle, fragile new baby can be reasoned away, all it's energy depleted and it dies. Gone is the baby with the bathwater.
I thought that I needed to keep my design and pattern drafting portion quiet, unblogged until I had a garment ready. I worried that others would naysay and persuade me not to create what I proposed. I also watched how when I would share my early stage ideas too much, I would lose enthusiasm for them and never return to create them.
But, something shifted when I read Brooks Ann's latest blog post about the Sewing Community and Resources. I really enjoy what she writes and shares about. I had a wonderful time getting to know her and several other wonderful people through Rachel's #SewPhotoHop. That made August an exciting month rather than one of droll existence awaiting September. August and January seem to be months that lack excitement in my life. The photo hop also brought out a huge amount of wonderful sewists and I very much enjoyed bonding with each person. My life is so much richer for having shared myself and connected with others over what they shared.
Back to Brooks Ann's post... she talked about how many sewing bloggers simply share glamour shots of their finished piece and that wasn't necessarily as inspiring for her as other blogs were. That's what got me thinking. Who have I become as a sewing / artist / intuitive blogger? What do I want to achieve? Who do I wish to connect with? Why the hell am I blogging about sewing? Do I want to help others? Inspire others? Teach? Or simply share and say, "Look at me! Look what I made! Aren't I wonderful?" Now, I do love it when I receive praise for my completed works, but that's only a small portion of the equation. It's like the butter on the bread, the glaze on the cake. It's not enough to exist on for me.
I've also given much thought to separating my artwork and my intuitive readings from my sewing. But, I spent years working in corporate america thinking that I HAD to separate myself. That I had to live one life as an engineer and another as a tribal belly dancer with a deeply thought provoking spiritual bent on life. I felt that couldn't be wholly me. So, my blog became the place where I got to exist as a whole unit. Then, in time, I began to live and breathe as the whole Gwen in my real life. I shared who I was and just let it be out there, allowing others to choose if they enjoyed my company or preferred others.
I felt like my blog posts had become more about "look at what I made" and I can't share what's behind the curtain or you'll squash it. That wasn't what I wanted. So, with this series of posts, I'm taking a big leap of faith. I'm sharing what makes me tick, what gets me excited, how I will create a top by following my intuition and depart from the "rules". I'm showing you more of my messy drafting process - sharing what my thinking process looks like and how I arrive at my ideas. Why couldn't this be what inspires you? Why not let it be what it is?
Here we go... I'd love to know if this winds your clock!
I will be making a severely modified (FRANKENPATTERN) that combines aspects of each of the following:
1. Kwik Sew K2601 View C
- yolk to bodice design line in front and back
- a portion of the back yolk straps
- possibly using the CB seam instead of placing on fold like Shelf Bra Cami
2. Lingerie Secrets Shelf Bra Cami
- portions of the shelf bra (Back less the amount that follows K2601 view C back bodice line)
- Revising the yolk connection to bodice to match K2601
- Front and back bodice then revised to narrow (an improvement from previous versions I've made)
3. Kwik Sew K3672
- Rounded neckline
- Back neck strap (round & follows curve of neck in back)
- connection points to the back neck instead of the collar in K2601(this allows for a lower neckline so I don't feel "choked"
4. Simplicity 4137 (Vintage 1950's slip)
- Center Front bodice to waist
- Side front bodice to waist (both allow me to introduce princess seaming that I know works for my bustline.
As you can begin to see, this is now an entirely new pattern, hardly recognizable as any one or another of the original patterns. The photo on the right shows K
Once I finished tracing K2601 and pulled out all the other pattern pieces (they were already traced), then begins the pattern GRAFTING.
I like to think of this like grafting trees. I'm creating new life, new garment by grafting together a vibrant varietal of fancy lace leaf maple onto a base maple (root stock) that is quite simple in nature. Over time, the gardener prunes away the base maple and allows the fance lace leaf to take over.
Have you ever seen a tree that has 2 different kinds of blooms or leaves? Totally unique to one another... One is likely the base and the other was grafted on to it. Same happens with roses - There's a hearty pink rose that is often used as rootstock. If you prune back too far... then all you have left is the rootstock - that plain, but hearty pink rose rather than your glorious fire and ice.
What I'm doing with this combo of patterns is using the Shelf Bra Cami as my rootstock and all the other pattern pieces as my vibrant varietal. Make sense?
In the photo above left and below, the aqua line is the center back of bra in the shelf bra cami and the red line is the yolk to bodice of K2601. If I want to have that neat low back V, then I will need to give up a portion of the shelf bra.
In the photo above right, the dark green V line represents K2601 actual yolk to back. The aqua lines represent the yolk of the shelf bra cami. I like the shelf bra cami yolk line, but one of the reasons I sought out K2601 is that it's lines appeared to fall deeper and more dramatically into the bust line. I want something that looks more flashy and will allow fringe to move (should I choose to add some). I was surprised that K2601 wasn't more severe when I overlaid all the pieces against the shelf bra cami. So, to add more drama, I lowered it by 1". Then, I thought I'd try a sweetheart line instead just for kicks. Sweetheart curves would give me a more feminine look rather than such a sporty look as the angles tend to do.
After all is said and done, I must figure out where seam allowances need to be added back in or notches added for ease of construction. I'm getting really excited! Fringe is in my future along with a really wild print dance top! WOOT!