I thought about this long and hard.
I would really, really, REALLY like to be SUPER SEAMSTRESS!
and be able to eyeball a body, especially mine and then easily alter - IN A FLASH! - the clothes I have that don't really fit me properly but are too good to throw away. I HATE throwing away good clothes made of pretty fabrics! I would alter them by intermingling parts of clothes with parts of other clothes like some of the nice dresses I see in the magazine "Altered Couture". Wouldn't it be cool to be able to tweak any outfit in the way that best flatters MY body type? Yeah, I'm selfish.
I have some big complaints about the shape of ready made clothes! I have found two favorite online shops that cater to my shape but not thoroughly. "Wrap London" and "Garnet Hill". I feel there's always something wanting and it's rare that something fits me perfectly. I understand the whole standard size thing but I'm not one of those. I'm not a standard body type. I have different dimensions and I don't like to think of them as flaws but some of these clothes I'm talking about are giving me a complex. Darn it! (Hehe)
This superpower would solve so many of my current dilemmas with clothes.
The second part of this super power kicks in after I see the need of altering by sewing and what I need is the sheer motivation to jump up to the sewing machine and start altering. I want to cultivate a brain that can see exactly what the plan needs to be and then to implement those ideas as fast as I can see them. I have to overcome my inner slacker.
I want to keep looking MORE beautiful as I get older. I think it could be possible for us, even as we age to be healthy and feel good. I am not ready to give up looking nice because I'm not giving up on having fun and I think if a woman's clothes fit well, she can look smashing and that would give any woman more confidence to do the things they dream of doing . . . and in taking more chances on the kinds of fun experiences we all would love to have, dressed beautifully. OK, this is getting kind of philosophical now so, um, nevermind the lecture.
I don't mind my little wrinkles that I see on my face. I don't mind the white hair that my bangs are turning into, that started changing when I was 35. I DON'T LIKE the baggy knees in my stretch pants and the waistband that looks like it was made for someone else, or the stretchy sleeves that I swear were sewn with a 16 year old in mind.
Here's a sweatshirt that is a great color but honestly it's just BORING! Plain.
If I knew what I was doing, I would cut it down the center in the front and add a row of snaps and make it into a jacket that I could then embellish with taupe colored lace kind of like this:
See I just draped those on there and I like it better already!
Here's another one from the old box . . . MEH!
But it's velour and it's so soft! I still love velour! I don't even have any ideas for this one except to sew the seam with all those buttons down, rip them off and cover that place with something that can fancy it up a notch. But what? My brain doesn't work this way with clothes. Wait, maybe I COULD think about it as though I were decorating a piece of jewelry. Hmmmm.
Here are a few places and things that have inspired me lately to learn what I need to know about strengthening and furthering the force of my superpower should I wake up one day with it:
Sarah Clemens shop on etsy - She makes dresses to your personal measurements. What a great idea!
Alabama Chanin - a fantastic company that offers sewing books to teach you the ins and outs of creative sewing, piecing, altering, quilting and embroidering clothes . . . even painting them. They also make really beautiful clothes!
They offer a week long retreat for cultivating this sewing ability on September 29 to October 5th in Florence, Alabama. What a fun experience that would be! It would be like living in another world!
. . . and their sewing section . . .
This is my favorite book listing. My superpower would allow me to read Japanese so I could figure out what the hell I was doing.
There's this one too:
I could start out small with this sewing book.
It looks like they give some of the basics of measuring, cutting up the old clothes and creative sewing techniques that are modern and fun.
SIGH! I want the superpower. I could make my own super costume!
That's my story.
Please follow the trail of crumbs to my fellow thinkers:
Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com
Kathleen Krucoff: http://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com/
Designs by Shelagh. www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog
Diana Bell: http://www.bellsprings.blogspot.com
Barbara Donovan: http://barbaradonovan.blogspot.com/