Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Never be afraid to try something new

... Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.     Unknown

For the past few months, I've felt the need to stretch myself in my design work.  Since I started sewing clothes a few years ago, I've always recycled existing garments or used a base piece to design from.  Over the last several weeks, I've been putting together a collection of vintage silk scarves- bright geometric prints. 

Today I decided to try to create my own textiles by sewing the scarves together, combining prints and colors in unexpected ways.  By "making" my own fabric, I feel like I'm adding an additional creative element to my work.  The next big step was designing a dress from the yardage I created.  When I first started, I'll admit I was very nervous. As I was cutting up the beautiful scarvesI wondered whether I would regret it. But then I began to enjoy the process of mixing the prints and once I had a couple yards completed, I was ready for the next step.  

The draping process was the next challenge. It was intuitive and surprisingly, fun.  I actually realized I was smiling while I was working.  Then the doubts set in.  Would there be enough room in the sleeve to lift my arm? How would the bias drape fit across my back? Through a back and forth process of dressform design and trying the dress on my own body, I created a fit that was just right.  Trying on the completed garment, I realized how good it feels to wear clothing that is custom designed.

As it turned out,  the process wasn't nearly as scary as I expected it to be. Yes, there were moments of self-doubt, but the sense of accomplishment in completing the challenge more than made up for the fleeting negative thoughts.  

So what are you waiting for?  What is that you're afraid to try? I encourage you to do that thing that you think you cannot do.  Take the leap! And be prepared to be surprised what you're capable of.

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