Conscious Incompetence

January 2, 2022 0 Comments

This picture was taken last Friday by the extremely great Leslie Dela Vega, of OZY, for this article. She was super-nice about taking photos, as well as I hope I was nice back, even though I truly really dislike having my photo taken.

I’m delighted she took this photo, even though I don’t believe it’s all that flattering, since now I can show you this style of gown I’ve been working on, badly!

So for year as well as years as well as years I’ve been doing truly only minor alterations to patterns, changing out a skirt here, adding pockets there. however lately I’ve been SERIOUSLY modding patterns, as well as doing it … badly. In other words, I am at the stage of “Conscious Incompetence” as laid out here.

The gown above (in a just-enough remnant of liberty poplin) is the bodice from simplicity 1577, with added length (and sadly, added girth, a lot more on that in a minute) as well as the skirt from simplicity 5238, with added front-slash pockets as well as added girth as well as added depth of front pleat as well as a minor modification to the back skirt length to account for some junk-in-the-trunk issues.

If you can neglect the truth that I’m pulling the side seams askew by shoving my hands in my pockets like that, you can see that this gown is still a bit off. I don’t believe I’m great at the alterations I’m trying yet, as well as it’s irritating. I understand that the only thing to do is to DO IT MORE, as well as method MORE, as well as checked out a lot more TUTORIALS ON THE INTERNET, however … I don’t have that much time, as well as I had to update my wardrobe a bit since of some previously mentioned girth issues.

[Short aside on girth problems … I had some back/hip pain, which led me to begin lifting weights to enhance what they so cheerfully phone call my “core”, which always makes me believe of nuclear reactors, somehow, which led to me slacking off on running, which indicates … girth. Back pain is mainly gone, hip flexor pain is mainly gone — if I don’t do silly things — as well as I now can back squat as well as deadlift 200 lbs, always fun at celebrations … however I’m a great bit heavier than I’d like to be. All my extra fat seems to have huddled in my stomach for warmth as well as protection.]

And it’s incredibly difficult to discover directions on exactly how to change bodice patterns for a big waist! It’s not rather just adding inches to the side seams, somehow. I believe there need to be some method to add to the center front as well as back also without messing with the bust darts as well much, however it’s eluding me (and my big library of alterations books). mindful Incompetence, again! any individual have any type of hints, pointers, lovingly-created diagrams?

After doing about half a lots of these full-teardown modified pattern mashups, I believe I really, truly have to put in the time as well as effort to make a sloper. (And relatedly, begin running again!) I believe a great deal of what I’d like to make would just be much easier if I were working from a sloper, instead of sort-of-sloping-off a bodice pattern I like. any type of guidelines to the most painless sloper creation, while I’m right here asking for practical suggestions?

I’ll try to get a few a lot more photos taken this weekend of a few of the other teardown/mashups — I’ve done three now with a collar (pattern recommendation eluding me at the moment), as well as two with the bodice from this pattern (the no-collar version), which is truly nice.

As abashed as I am about the not-quite-rightness of these new mashup dresses, it is a bit interesting to be trying new things again. I like a challenge, even when I’m not precisely rising to satisfy it …

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