The One Hour Skirt—Not

The One Hour skirt.  HA!  If you look, in teeny tiny printing, smaller than the eye can read until after you have bought the pattern, the small print on the package says, “One hour of sewing.”  They neglected to disclose the 2 hours of cutting out, 15 hours of pinning, 3 hours of ripping out and starting over, and 39 hours of procrastinating that included, but was not limited to, reheating tea 300 times, checking emails 200 times, checking to see if the blood curdling screams included blood, polishing my nails and making a  menu for the next 18 weeks .

I’m pretty sure that sewing is equal to suduko in keeping your remaining brain cells in working order.  I have been doing deep breathing exercises  to remain calm while deciphering the instructions.  Pin right interfaced waist band to left uninterfaced tie at circles and lines, then stitch, leaving the end open for attaching the back interfaced and uninterfaced pieces. (for those who sew well, that was a for effect –the exaggeration and perversion of the instructions, but only slightly).   If only it was upside down and in Russian so I could have more of a mental challenge.

Yes,  Dear Readers , I know.  Why would a fairly normal looking woman do  this to herself. What happened to make her that way?  She used to make good decisions.  Doesn’t she have better things to do? It’s very easy these days to drive to the store, buy a skirt, and come home.  While I am still cutting out the pattern, Danielle has bought 6 skirts (of course, one of which is top less, but then, that is another story).

So I will try to explain the insanity.

It’s the drive to create, to learn, to make, to master, to bridge the gap between our imaginings  and the real ability.  It’s why some of us out there in the world CREATE.  Not necessarily because we are good at it; that takes time and work and deliberate practice.  So, if you  are priviledged to be let into the inner studio of our lives, you may be lucky enough to see the struggle and the imperfections of our learnings and strivings.  We don’t create because it’s the easy thing to do. We create because we have a tenacious vision that won’t leave us alone. It has been a well guarded secret, until recently, that creative endeavors take work.  It used to be that people thought it was all genetic gifting.  Fairly new research reveal s that prodigies practice and masters have ten thousand hours of work, at least. So I am getting my hours.

I’ll let Ira Glass explain:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
Ira Glass

Almost done with the skirt.  This is a teaser, per the Professor, who informed me that teasers don’t show the whole item, only a portion.  So there you go.  Make sense of this one.

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