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One night in Bangkok...

June 23rd, 2009 (02:00 am)
accomplished

current mood: accomplished
currently hearing: Ricky Martin--Livin' La Vida Loca

Early in June, Mark G. Harris did a post about the late designer Edith Head and her book How to Dress for Success. Included in his post was one of Miss Head's sketches from her book:



As soon as I saw it, I began my top secret Edith Head Project: to design and sew my versions of the outfits pictured on Miss Head's models. Lynne said it was an ambitious project, and she was right. And even though it has taken a lot of my time over the past couple of weeks, I've learned several things.

*I CAN follow directions when I sew. It still doesn't always turn out the way I hoped, but I enjoy the challenge.

*The EH Project reinforced my enjoyment of using my blend of my mother's sewing supplies and my own. It provided a happy means of thinking of her while I worked during this month that marked the first anniversary of her death.

*One night when I was buying small amounts of three trims at the fabric store, the associate asked what I was using them for. I said, "Doll clothes. Barbie doll clothes." She asked if I was sewing the clothes for an exhibit or for a special little girl. I said, "A special little girl. ME!" That began a lovely conversation in which she told me that she learned to sew as a child by making clothes for her Barbies. A happy gleam in her eyes made me think she might intend to pick up that childhood hobby again.

*When I sew, I work out all kinds of problems in my head. I've come up with so many ideas for characters I want to write that sewing has now become synonymous with research to me.

*In the book Marika sent me--11,002 Things To Be Miserable About--one of the items is "adults with doll collections." When I ruefully repeated that to Lindsey, she said, "It's not a collection. It's an OBSESSION." And somehow, that made it better.

Scoff if you must, but I say a life without obsessions is a life unlived.

Here's the finished Edith Head Project. For a look at all the designs with comments, I made a public Flickr group. Enjoy!



Thanks to Tom, Tim, Lynne, Lindsey, Rhonda, Marika, and a bunch of dogs, all of whom supported the Edith Head Project in a variety of ways.

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