As a dyslexic child, back in the days of my grade school, educators and experts in child development, either didn’t know what this was and therefore certainly didn’t know what to do about it or how to teach dyslexics or learning disabled children. I was therefore placed into the mentally retarded and slow-learner classes. I set the curve on the math and science tests, but couldn’t follow the simplest of instructions in the English or literature classes. It drove my teachers crazy, some of whom felt it was a psychological problem that I was taking it out on them personally.
Fortunately not long into high school, I was sent away to boarding school. Immediately after I was tested for entrance into the school, it was discovered I had an LD and they knew it was dyslexia – don’t know how but they did. I was immediately enrolled in their LD lab, and learned how to read and process information so that I could learn it. I grew to love history – I read history and loved it. I still wasn’t much at English, but I also grew to love literature (we had a kick-ass literature teacher which I know sounds incompatible, but there it was).
All the time during my grade school, junior high and underclassmen high school, I wanted to tell my teachers, “Hey, I’m not this dumb kid you keep dumping in the slow-learner classes. These classes are boring and I could write the curriculum for these classes and teach them. Give me something challenging.” And my math scores proved it, but they couldn’t get past their own prejudices and the only guidelines they had ever known.
What this did most of all for me, was prepare me for bumping up against the norm and the established, seemingly impenetrable wall, then keeping at it till there was a schism or crack in that wall.
Today nothing is different. Here I sit, knowing full well that most of the populace can be fit and not only that, it’s not that hard and it wasn’t that long ago that it was done on a regular basis. Yet butting up against that wall is the deft and nimble media busy telling EVERYONE that they can’t be fit, but buy clothes anyway and doesn’t matter if you look good in them or they are ill-fitting cause no one can be fit.
Sorta like this:
And yet, against this cacophony of lies and unreasonable demands and unreachable goals, I preach daily that YES, YOU CAN BE FIT!!!
How do I know? I see it every day in my job fitting my clients.
They all come to me with figure problems, because you know what? They all have figure problems.
Last week, we did the Fall Preview at the local Bernina store, and I was asked to have a booth so that I could talk about my upcoming classes. The comment I heard most often from the expert sewists, and they were not only talented, but incredibly proficient in their sewing skills was: “Oh I don’t sew for myself, because I can’t be fit!”
Here they are doing the most technical of tasks with the assembly and creativity in their quilting. They already have the skills to assemble their garments, but because they have been told so many times by the experts in marketing that they can’t be fit, they believe it.
It’s sort of like calling the sun blue and the moon chartreuse (it IS made of cheese, isn’t it)!!! After a while people really believe that the sun IS blue and that the moon really is made of cheese.
NO IT’S NOT!!!! I don’t care how many times you’ve been told you can’t be fit – you can!
I’ve done it!
I’ve done it for years!
I’ve been paid good money to do it!
No! They would leave in droves, AND I wouldn’t get another customer ever! I wouldn’t have 35 years experience in this business if I wasn’t fitting these people.
Now, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a little re-education going on here, cause there is, cause they come to my studio with the same misconceptions and believing the lies that you do. It’s just that what’s different is that I’m there to guide them out from the dark of the ill-fitting closet and into the light of looking good, being fitted and being comfortable.
People think that comfort, fit, fashion and looking good do not go together. They do – humans have been doing it for centuries.
Only until the middle of the 20th century did we stop doing that, and change to the consumer fitting into the clothes, as opposed to the normal way in which the clothes fit he consumer. And the amazing thing is that notables (politicians and leaders) have always looked good in well-fitting clothes, we just seem to miss it.
Here is PM Merkel and if anyone has to look professional, the leader of German sure qualifies….look at her outfits….professional, pretty and the one below is included because it wrinkles….see how it wrinkles (When she’s standing up raising her hands). This is a clue that we should never be fitted in this position, but we should be able to move into this position in our fitted clothes.
And if anyone needs inspiration for a pants suit that fits – here it is:
In glorious technicolor….I don’t think she looks all that great in green or orange, but the fit sure is on target…she looks great in that blue and pink. In case you think you can’t wear a pants suit, her’s the proof.
But let’s go one further.
Here’s a pants suit that master designer, Oscar de la Renta, designed for her. And what’s with the funky brackets on the left?….that is the infamous golden ratio – look where it hits – right at the hem length for Hillary. Using the overall as her total height, the aqua and yellow brackets represent the golden ration – they don’t call Oscar the master for nothing. This is a standard art tool used by artists since it was discovered by the Greeks. So if you’re having trouble figuring out height or length measurements, this is clear evidence of a tool that works for you.
The point here is that what the marketers, clothing manufacturers and the RTW industry is telling you that 1.) you can’t be fit, 2.) don’t expect to look good unless you’re a reject from the Gulag and 3.) therefore you can’t look good – IS A BUNCH OF MALARKEY!!!!
You can look good, but the fact is that you can’t in what is offered in today’s market. The solution: making your own clothes. If you do, then you can be fit.
If you quilt you can be fit.
If you quilt you can sew for yourself.
If you want to look good, not like the rest of the ill-fitting world out there,
you can do it by sewing for yourself!
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