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Archive for February, 2018

Seamwork DYW: Colors Continued

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Today, having shopped in our stash, we assemble our swatches and sort out all the colors. My neutrals are brown, taupe, and gray. Then we have a distinction between basic colors and statement colors. I've made a fairly arbitrary division and included rose and blue-green as basic colors. I chose emerald, peacock blue, and gold […]

Seamwork DYW: Colors

Monday, February 26th, 2018

I love colors. I love to choose them, combine them, play with them. So today's Seamwork assignment — to shop in our stash for colors and textures we want to use in our collection — is a favorite. Since I'm determined to make this a stashbuster collection, I'm fairly well committed to using my Tea(l) […]

Ketch Short Rows

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

I had to buy a new set of knitting markers to do the short rows for the Ketch collar. It's Friday, my night off, and it's raining. I lit the fire and I'm knitting while watching Fresh off the Boat´╗┐. At some point I'll clean the kitchen, bathe, go to bed and read. I had […]

Seamwork DYW: Context

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Today's task is to identify the contexts for which we need clothing. I spend 40 hours a week or so working online. I sit in my comfortable ergonomic chair (which I covered with fabric covered with words) and look at a screen, thinking deeply and typing fast. I could wear anything for this context. Unless […]

Seamwork DYW: The Story

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

We're supposed to come up with a story, a narrative that conveys the truth of our collection. Based on yesterday's inspiration pieces, my story is about relaxed, confident women in jackets. Women who have arrived, and who dress to please themselves. They dress in quality gear, but nothing that makes a statement. Nothing fancy or […]

Seamwork DYW: Think Like a Designer

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Today — and that word is important — we are supposed to find 50 pieces of inspiration for our collection. 50. In one day. Having collected these things, we must analyze them, but I am stuck on the 50 items. I found some pictures of elegant ladies in age-appropriate outfits. It's not 50, but it's […]

Seamwork DYW 1: My Why and My Goal

Monday, February 19th, 2018

I'm doing the Seamworks Design Your Wardrobe series. I paid a ridiculous amount for a special binder. Note the typo. I won't buy from Zazzle again. We start with a set of questions: What's the biggest challenge you face with your wardrobe now? I have clothes in all sizes, mostly too big. How would you […]

Life is a Dream, by Pedro Calderon de La Barca

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Sunday School today, then church, annual congregational meeting with barbecue and salad, and then La Bella and I went to see a play: Life is a Dream, by Pedro Calderon de La Barca. It's a long series of philosophical conundrums, or conundra. The author was a Spanish gentleman of the early 17th century. The sets […]

Murder Ahoy

Friday, February 16th, 2018

We had staff meeting today, complete with The Baby. I wrote my required blog posts, deposited my paychecks, cooked and cleaned, and then settled down with Ketch and a cuppa to watch this evening's knitting movie (part of this month's KLL assignment). This is a Margaret Rutherford portrayal of Miss Marple, in a story which […]

DNA: Great-grandparents F.D. and Diana

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

In 1907 and 1908, F.D. worked as a general helper and typesetter for the Louisiana Press Journal. His sister worked at a shoe factory, under Joseph Robitall, whose daughter Diane married F.D. in 1908. F.D. continued office work for a few more years, working for Stark Nurseries and Orchards and for the Burlington and Quincy […]

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