I just spent the last 3 days at a sewing retreat sponsored by my local ASG chapter. It's big fun - but I over the course of 3 days I made 2 dresses, 2 t-shirts, and 2 skirts for me. Everything was precut and kept in ziplock baggies with all the appropriate notions. Skirts are hemmed, tops are finished and ready to wear - the dresses still need hems.
The one thing I heard over and over - Wow! That dress looks great on you - in relation to McCalls 5974. I made the scoop neck view without the waist tie and it was suggest that I make the mock wrap view as well.
But often I feel like I'm the person Sewist #1 in Carolyn's dialog is referring to. The last dress I made - not very flattering at all - fun print, comfortable to wear - but it was a very shapeless sack. How come nobody says anything? Well - with the exception of Marjie who always says it with love and tenderness.
Several of the other woman at the retreat spent the entire weekend (9 am Friday to 4 pm Sunday) working on one garment. One woman made a lovely, lightweight cotton skirt. It was pleated and she put in a handpicked zipper - it's lovely, but honestly I could never spend an entire 3 days making one garment.
Even working in a law office my life is very, very casual. Yes, I dress up my weekends a bit with mostly skirts and tees but why do I walk away from a wonderful weekend feeling like I can't sew my way out of a paper bag or dress myself. I've done the exercises, ripped pages from magazines, studied colors, shapes, etc. How do you do it? How do you figure out how to dress an ever changing body in a flattering, but comfortable manner and not always throw on yoga pants or a shapeless dress?