*Channeling my inner Jill Scott*
More black. Initially I'd intended for this to be a knee length dress similar to this one. However, the fabric drapes so well, and I couldn't help but let it go all the way to the floor. Also, despite my short stature and the fact that they might make me appear even shorter, I'm a big fan of long dresses. One of my all time favorite creations was floor length.
Making the in-process decision to have this dress be long rather than short got me thinking about my style of designing, the way I run this clothing operation, and all fly tie related things in general. Like many of you out there in the world of crafting or sewing or single parent hood or just singleness in general, I'm the sole "doer" here. From the designer to the marketing person to the model to the accountant. All me all the time. For reasons relating to finances and convenience, that's just the way it's turned out, and I have no problem with it. And beyond having no problem with it, at this point I have a hard time envisioning it being any other way.
I've read interviews with other indie designers who say that in the future they look forward to being able to hire help for tasks like sewing, packaging, etc. so that they could focus more on designing. When it comes to packaging and shipping, I can definitely relate. Yet, when I try to think of others doing a task like sewing my pieces for me, it just doesn't register. I have a really hard time seeing that. My style of designing is so intrinsically connected to the cutting and sewing that it's difficult for me to separate the two. I don't sketch or draw garments. It's all in my head (many times influenced by outside factors, of course), and the "idea" that I started out with may transform 3-4 times before the final product. Therefore, it's important that I'm the one doing the sewing, since this ever changing design format is hardly transferable to anyone else. The dress you see here was not only supposed to be short, but it was also going to have some contrast piping between the bust and waist, and it was not initially going to have elastic or a belt. However, as I went along I felt that the idea for piping needed to be axed and the other two features should be added. That's just how it goes.
Perhaps I'm speaking on or venting about this because I'm not sure how this need of mine to be so closely connected to the production of each piece will translate as this fly tie entity grows. If ever I do get to the point where help needs to be hired, how will I handle it? Will I handle it? Is it even possible?
Not sure. For now, though I'll just continue as I do.
Oh! Click the picture to get a closer look at the ring on my index finger which I made in a metalworking class 4 yrs. ago. Ok, you really can't see it that well even after clicking, but I'm still so proud of it. :-D
Have a beautiful day.