thinking about an idea --
and then solve--
every issue that might arise
when you actually start
bringing it into the physical world?
that happens to me --
so much so
that even as I've been committing
chunks of time every day
to spinning flax
for yards of linsey woolsey cloth,
the mythical garment
the cloth will become--
and growing wildly curious
about construction possibilites.
not least to help calculate
how much yardage
I will need to spin.
But technical questions
have been driving me nuts
and the only way to resolve one or two--
or at least understand their nature--
is to stitch some cloth together.
of linen backstrap experiments
sitting in a box
(some of it originally intended for needlepoint,
other bits left over from work for this show,
though mostly untouched)
so I could mess around a little--
do a little draping if nothing else.
though few are the same weight, width or sett
so I wasn't expecting to end up
with much of a garment.
Still --an education, not a product
is what I was pursuing,
and these bits of cloth
could provide that.
which means overlapping seams
with minimal bulk
and the particular drape that results--
a thing I hope to make a feature
of my mythical linsey woolsey garment,
and is definitely based
on all I've learned
from the design of the Sarah-Dippity.
Indeed, that series of skirts
has given me quite a taste
for this business of
additive clothing construction.
make the shapes you need
then put them together,
take them apart
and baste again
in a different way
until things are right.
Basting, indeed, is my new best friend.
Great big stitches
make it possible to try things on,
even as they are easy to whip out
when a new (and vastly improved)
idea for sleeve and underarm construction
arises in the middle of the night.
over the last few weeks--
filled with delight, frustration
and unexpectedly visceral
have provided such delight
that the wee tapestry pocket
might even be too much.
I hope it eventually lets me know
if this shirt wants a nice tidy hem --
is that this garment-in-progress
is fantastically comfortable.
a couple of sweaters in various states of completion
(more on those eventually)
and my summer Sarah-Dippity,
this is proving to be
quite the sartorial spring.