Last night I attended our semi-annual advisory committee for the fashion department at El Paso Community College. After the meeting one of the girls (sorry, ladies, they all look so young to me!) was mentioning her preferred illustration program and I just couldn’t believe it so she sent me a sample drawing today.
Can you guess what readily available program this pattern maker used to make this drawing? Of all things, it was…
Have you ever heard of such a thing? I know, I know, now some of you are going to chime in saying you use Microsoft Excel for technical sketches too. I’ve never heard of this. Well, I certainly plan to follow up on this and see about getting a lesson from the woman who did this sketch.
Speaking of the woman, her name is Edith. I want to tell you something about what happened last night but I’m worried it’ll come out wrong. I had one of the most wonderful experiences of my life last night but I’m afraid it’ll come out wrong, that it will sound like I’m patting myself on the back or something but it’s not how I take it and I hope you see that.
Before the meeting ended, Edith made a statement to the effect that I had profoundly changed her life. I was surprised and laughed, people say flattering things all the time. As far as I knew, I didn’t know her and beyond a phone call, had never had any contact with her. Edith said that she met me about seven years ago at a presentation I had done for the local chapter of The American Sewing Guild -which I’m known to do. I like the guild and try to do outreach in whatever community I happen to find myself. She said that she’d never known there was such a thing as being a pattern maker. Long story short, she went to the college to get her degree which wasn’t easy to do because she had family -and as it ended up, an autistic son to support (she says I also told her about autism; the doctors were baffled; not many knew about asperger’s seven years ago). The funny thing is, well before she ever said that, based on how she presented herself in the meeting, I had already decided she was a woman in love with her job -in the best way. I thought she was a credit to all of us in the profession, someone you’d be proud to describe as a colleague. You know what I mean.
In some weird way what Edith said was painful to me because I have always wanted to thank the woman who changed my life and told me about pattern making school. I went down and signed up the next day and moved to Dallas inside a week and never saw her again. Once I started school, I fell utterly and profoundly in love and not knowing at the time where it would all lead me, I never went back to thank her. She moved soon after and I lost track of her. I regret that, not thanking her. Where would my life be? I can’t imagine otherwise. Still, some days I just feel like I failed so hard and failed so often that I wonder whether my life is just this big cosmic joke of making do over a lot of nothing.
Sorry this isn’t much of a post today. It’s been a very very stressful day. By the way, I have shipped all back orders for the book but I haven’t sent email notifications to everyone yet. I’ll email all shipping confirmations tomorrow.