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partnering with curves

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my slightly used copy of NY Times Best Seller (also in paperback)

Long ago in another universe far removed from today, there were home economics departments, and home ec teachers in colleges, high schools, and junior high schools across American.

One of the many things they regularly taught their students was how to look good (i.e., pretty), in their home-made clothes whilst saving money.

They did it by teaching centuries old art principles of beauty:

  1. harmony,
  2. proportion,
  3. balance,
  4. rhythm, and
  5. emphasis.

And showing classes how to apply these principles to their wardrobe.

History professor Linda Przybyszewski has meticulously researched and footnoted her discoveries of some of these women in her book, The Lost Art of Dress ~ The Women Who Once Made America Stylish.

For me, it’s been revolutionary. A loud call to rethink what I’m making, and how and why I’m making it.

It started after I’d read blogger Lizzie Bramlett’s excellent review. Immediately I got the book from my library.

Ever since, I’ve thought more and more deeply about the essence of my wardrobe ~ my personal, visible reflection of who I am ~ and tried to stop dwelling on current fashion, or what I used to like or wear.

After all, this isn’t some far-removed universe I’m living in. It’s here & now.

So I’m trying to stop ignoring my curves, and instead learning how to deal with them. All while remaining true to my own style and set of current activities that are my life now.

It’s taken me two years to decide how to begin writing about this book, but there’s no way to describe how much the facts she presents have raised my awareness of a very surprising array of subjects.

Here’s another kind of curve ~

One of the things she suggests in the final chapter, “Epilogue:Legacies,” is a direct link between sewing and STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects.

And what does the world need desperately right now but more women in these fields.

Once I started realizing how my sewing was related to engineering, I’ve had to re-think a lotta things. And that’s taken time, and probably isn’t finished.

Want to join me in re-thinking?

Thanks to Dr. P’s meticulous footnotes, I’ve got a little list of online texts for you to choose from. They all have chapters on the 5 elements listed above.

Because they’re old they’re out of copyright (and available for free). But don’t confuse old for no longer true. The principles still apply, only the names of styles have changed.

And also remember that different countries have different copyright laws; please obey yours!

If you’d like to read or listen to more of what Dr. Przybyszewski has said about the subject, go to this page of her web site for book and radio links.

  • Art In Every Day Life, Harriet Goldstein & Vetta Goldstein. The Macmillan Company.  1929    (The Kindle download has terrible mistakes everywhere which I assume is due to poor character recognition software (and possibly a poor original as well).
  • Principles of clothing selection, Helen Goodrich Buttrick, New York: Macmillan, 1923
  • Harmony In Dress, Mary Brooks Picken; Copyright, 1924, 1925, by International Education Publishing Company; Copyright in Great Britain
  • Dress and Look Slender, by Jane Warren Wells (also listed under Mary Brooks Picken), 1924; Personal Arts Company.
  • The Secrets of Distinctive Dress —  Harmonious, Becoming, and Beautiful Dress — its value and how to achieve it; 1918; p. 159. On-line from Harvard University here.
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time to enjoy some melon!

Now here’s a less revolutionary curve, with hopes that you have a lovely weekend, full of wonderful partnering with things that make you smile!

 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges here & here.

sunday sevens #21

Reminder: This is really this past week’s update. 😘

Women’s Hour last Monday had Mary Berry (The Great British Bake Off) as guest editor. One of the things discussed was the health benefits of gardening and crafts.

A physician guest said the medical profession can deal with about 30% of all the issues involved in wellness, but the creativeness of crafts and gardening can be very important in the other 70%.

In other words, crafting and gardening can be good for you!

Not necessarily on 90+℉ days, which have been scattered amongst the last two weeks, and more to come. . .

Here are a few photos I hope you’ll enjoy in comfort!

Natalie of Threads and Bobbins came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday or have 7 photos. As I demonstrate below.

 

 

 

 

sunday sevens #19

same hydrangeas now
taken tuesday; today (sunday) they looked faded and more pinkish than blue. i love the deep blues!

Note: updates after the loud thunderstorm passed.

Here are photos for the week, and a note that BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee‘s fourth season has started, with 3 episodes viewed by yours truly thus far.

Do a search on YouTube if you’re interested in watching BGSB. Unfortunately, this gets pulled off so frequently, I daren’t list any links. My apologies!

Natalie of Threads and Bobbins came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday or have 7 photos. Perfect for weeks when life happens.

Whoops! Thunder now starting . . . will return when it’s over!

Later ~

Luckily, it didn’t last too long, but was torrential for a few minutes. Our third day of above 90℉ weather. Yuck.

Discovered The Durrells from ITV this past week (courtesy of YouTube again) and enjoyed the 6 episodes so much am watching them over. Wish we could get more British programmes over here!

Speaking of Blighty, the lovely Anne sent beautiful linens along with the shweshwe. As I’m loath to line, maybe I could get away with sleeveless blouses.  Photos are below ~ think they need lining?

They’re both 54″ wide, 1¼ yds (green) & 1½ yds (beige). Any pattern suggestions?

 

an extra taken through the window during the downpour
an extra taken through the window during the downpour

sunday sevens #18

Here are my 7 photos for the week.

And a note that BBC’s The Great British Sewing Bee‘s fourth season has started. I’ve seen 2 episodes thus far, courtesy of a certain free online site.  😉

 

Natalie of Threads and Bobbins came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday or have 7 photos. Perfect for weeks when life happens.

 

sunday sevens #17 & week 3, memademay

Here are my 7 photos for the week, in slide show format. Click to go to the show, which includes captions of explanation.

 

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Natalie, Threads and Bobbins, came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday or have 7 photos. Perfect for weeks when there’s not much to write about, but life happens.

  • For more about Gütermann thread’s secret hidey spool construction, read Yorkshire Karen’s post.
  • Some interesting thoughts about Clothes on BBC Radio 4’s Late Night Women’s Hour podcasts. Do be aware that as it’s late at night, some of the language is a bit different from what’s used at 10 in the morning. 😉
  • Eye-opening example of what happened with fabric construction when they cut their newest pattern cross grain instead of with grainline, from pattern company Decades of Style.

Added to my discoveries during MeMadeMay are cutoffs/culottes with pockets in black & maybe denim because I’m wearing the upcycled ones from friend Karen every week.

 

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click to go to Zo’s page

Well, I wore my Morris jacket a few more times last week . . . .

I’m delighted we’re having slightly cooler weather for a couple of days, so I can.

You know I do wash it. 😉

Here are some Me Made May entries for last week ~ have forgotten a few & you need to mentally add that denim Morris. Captions are when your cursor hovers over a photo or you click one.

Keep counting, cause I’ve actually got 7 photos this week, so Natalie’s (Threads and Bobbins)   Sunday Sevens actually fits… except I missed Sunday. Anyone can join in, and details are quite flexible as we all know Life sometimes comes before sewing. (Horrors!)

And here’s a few more, for further glimpses of the rest of the week. Hard to believe the month’s half gone!

 

sunday sevens #14?

It’s been a while, but finally pulled few piccies together. It’s been work-work-work over here for da-a-ays, so no sewing.

😢

Natalie, over at Threads and Bobbins, came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday.

took this last week, but have no idea what the bush is called.
took this last week, but have no idea what the bush is called.

The above prezzie from me to me arrived last week from a dear & very talented sewer in Canada, Josée Landry. I am seriously thrilled with it. Mmm-wah  & mille mercí, Josée!

it's been so hot & humid here these last few days have to keep me chocolate bickies in the frig, but still have 'em with hot cocoa... or tea!
it’s been very humid here so put chocolate bickies in the frig.  still have ’em with hot cocoa… or tea!

sunday sevens #9

Natalie at Threads and Bobbins came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens.  Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday. Why not check out her site & try one, or a few, yourself? My post is a bit short this week, as my holiday hasn’t quite gone to plan. But it’s turning out quite enjoyable despite changes.

Hope everyone has a lovely week!

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