What’s your major?
Carolyn and I were chatting yesterday and in interesting topic came up. We were talking about her use of TNT patterns to interpret or knock off the latest designer fashions that catch her eye. Since she traces out her TNT patterns over and over again for each new design, I mentioned to her that someone had commented on her blog recently about how that was so similar to tracing out Burda patterns. Carolyn pointed out that it is different because she only has one pattern line to follow whereas, with Burda, you have to find your pattern line out of hundreds to trace. It makes your eyes go back in your skull sometimes. Really!
This is where the conversation got really interesting. Carolyn mentioned that sewists tend to stick with what they know. So if you grew up on Burda, you tend to stick with Burda. And if you grew up with ButtMcVogue, then you tend to stay within the Big 3 pattern companies. And then there’s Carolyn, who has admitted that her creativity is fueled by interpreting designs she’s seen and using her TNT patterns, which are basically her own slopers.
But where does that leave me? I came to sewing relatively late in life. I’ve used Simplicity, Kwik Sew, Burda and others. I own a ton of Vogue patterns. I flit from company to company but haven’t really settled down yet. I have’t picked a concentration yet, like a college major. Carolyn thinks it’s because I am still a beginner.
But I wonder… Do I need to pick just one? I am still discovering what my personal style is. How many people do you know that have made a faux fur skirt and would wear it everyday if they could? And yet, I have a TNT pencil skirt pattern. You can’t get any more conservative than a simple classic pencil skirt.
So no, I haven’t picked my sewing major yet. I don’t know if I’m a Simplicity gal or a Vogue one. There are patterns I like from every company. I most likely won’t be a Burda person as I can’t get past that darn pattern tracing of 3 billion little lines, and this despite having two years of magazines stacked 0n my b0okshelf. I can’t honestly say what my major will be down the line. But I’m open to and excited about the many design opportunities.
Have you picked your major yet?