Thursday, January 26

Perfection-Paralysis: New Patterns in Development

Hello everyone....Just to update you on my current activity... I am so very excited to finally share with you that I have been working on designing sewing patterns for a very long time.  This has been in the works and I have been building towards sharing this for more than seven months.  I have begun to shake the perfection-paralysis problem I suffer with personally.

This will challenge me as I continually remind myself that perfection as an end result is not the objective, but a perfect pattern can be elusive if I allow perfection to stagnate my work.  You see, outside of social media, and way before I began blogging, I commissioned myself after finishing school, as a pattern designer for several of my classmates, local designers, and neighborhood tailor and dressmaker shops who needed someone to execute custom designs.  I began with the close oversight of my pattern design professor as a constant help for the hard parts.  Then as my years have gone by, along with my desire to specialize in all types and methods of pattern fitting, I have become more confident in my abilities and now I am ready to make that leap.

Will I get over my tendency of perfection-paralysis?  Maybe not anytime soon, but I do plan to keep plugging along.  The first pattern I completed digitally, was done last year during the summer.  Was I happy with the outcome, no, but I think I was the only one who was dissatisfied.  The testers were very happy with the pattern.  So, for now I will just let my Club Sew-To-Fit members have it to see what they think.

I am currently working on auditing several different patterns, a problem I have always had, to work on multiple projects at one time.  My project list is very detailed with a bunch of checklist.  I feel as though I am birthing a clothing line for the upcoming season.  And all the time I was in school, I kept denying the "designer" title.  Now I am in the bowels of that position with illustrator, CAD software, InDesign, and all things computer.  I feel like I haven't finished sewing anything in such a very long time, that it can actually become pretty discouraging.  Be it not for all my wonderful support and regular communication with my Youtube subscribers and Periscope followers, along with my near daily chats with my tireless, patient, and loving accountability partner, I would probably put it all aside and just peddle along "wishing" I could get this all done.

Thank you all for constantly reading and commenting on my blog.  I know for sure if you waited for me to comment before you comment on my blog, mine would probably never get visited.  I so very much enjoy reading all your blogs, but I just can't keep up with everyone as closely as I would love to with reading and responding to every single one.  Please know I am here, and I enjoy all of what you all do.

For now, I am going to continue focusing on my projects and know that you will be very happy with the results when I finally reveal the final outcome.  I'll continue to keep you posted on the progress.  Currently, I have a Work Journal here on the blog if you would like to keep up.

Again, thanks for keeping up.  I really appreciate all of you.

4 comments :

  1. Congratulations to you on your new endeavor! I wish you all the best & look forward to seeing your creations :-)

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  2. Oh, Andrea, I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS! I am so very happy for you. I can't wait to try your new pattern. Enjoy the journey!

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    1. Thank you Anita. The Journey is what the first one is named. She is coming along.

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