Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sew comes before Cook and Act


This is a righteous sewing build. If you aren't righteous you will be lost. This is my disclaimer. Carry on.

The Knowledge Culture degree of the 1:14 asks,
"What is the meaning of M.G.T. and G.C.C.?
Ans. MUSLIM GIRLS TRAINING AND GENERAL CIVILIZATION CLASS. This is the name given to the Women and Girls thay belong to the Nation of Islam in North America, teaching them:
Sew, Cook and in general how to act at home and abroad. These training units were named and given by our Prophet W.D. Fard."

For most Earths this is the blueprint on how to be a proper Earth.

I'm an Earth and I know a few Earths here and there. One of the things I have noticed is Earths take a LOT of interest in cooking, natural health, homeschooling, revolutioning, and such. I'm not saying that they shouldn't, yet don't take the same interest in sewing. Hmmm.....

I'm not trying to say that sewing is more important than other things. It's not. But its not less important either. Sewing is just as important as any thing esle on the list.

Folks really behave like creation of righteous clothing is an after thought or a superficial frill that Earths should not possess. We should be humble and boring looking. Ummm.... Emphatically Now Cipher. Why can't we be supa dupa fly? And why would be judge each other for making our appearances a priority? I'll wait....

There are plenty of reasons to educate oneself on the politics of the garment industry. Did you know most of the ready to wear clothing that is purchased in this country is made somewhere other than the US? That means by purchasing RTW garments you are taking money out of this country and supporting China, Indonesia, India, etc. Less than 5% of clothing is made in the US. It is a crippled industry for Americans. Also the people making said clothes work in extreme conditions for little money. They are sweat shops. But it's legal because it's abroad. So by purchasing RTW garments you are supporting this.

Did you know that sythetic fibers choke the skin? You skin can only breathe in natural fibers. Cotton, Rayon, Silk, etc. And these Franken-fabrics may be composed of chemical wastes and debris. I have excema and have noticed that when I wear natural fabrics mys kin does way better than when I don't. Hmmm.... Does sewing sound less important now?

I am a decade long vegetarian, I am currently walking the God through the vegetarian transition. I recycle, I am gainfully employed. I Knowledged 120 in December 2009. I add on as much as I feel comfortable to do. All my ducks are in a row for the judgmental folks. I take care of myslef and the God. I know and control the ins and outs of our cipher. So I'm thinking I've hit all the pillars that are applicable. Can you say the same thing?




I like vintage sewing. I do. I realize the best option for me is to make my own vintage inspired clothing. Because (a) I WILL NOT pay an exorbitant amount for the garments, (b) it's unlikely that I will find garments in my size and (c) they will be old and musty. I like to have a certain amount of control over things and you have little control over ready to wear clothing. So I guess it's a good thing that I can sew by eye. All I need is a picture of said garment and I can re-create it. Just like my grandmother did.

Okay... That being said... All my love gushing out.... I follow a lot of vintage blogs. A lot. And I have some questions......

Question 1...
What kinds of jobs do these people have? Clearly they aren't performers and lots of them have tattoos. A lot of tattoos. Do they wear these clothes to work? My boss already has issues with the evolution of my wardrobe. If I suddenly started coming in here dressed like Lois Lane, I'm thinking I won't have a job anymore.

Question 2....
Why do the vintage sewists get off on sewing on vintage machines? I mean it's nice to inherit something from a family member, but why go out of your way to get a machine that has maybe 2 stitches and is essentially antiquated when you can have a brand new razzley dazzley machine with ALL the bells and whistles. And old machine is going to require all kinds of work. You just know that going in. And I'd slap someone if they tried to give me a treadle.

Question 3.....
Do these people have a whole wardrobe of vintage clothes? Why? My vintage inspirations serve a practical purpose. Prior to the 1960's most of the clothes were fairly modest. 3/4ths is easily observed with these clothes. That's how I fell into vintage in the 1st place. But from the blogs and forums, it seems these people have whole wardrobes of vintage or vintage inspired clothing. That seems wasteful and begs me to re-visit question 1 again.

I don't get a lot traffic to these blogs of mine and I can be cool with that. I didn't start these blogs to be popular. I was loading up my main blog with clothing issues and I didn't want to alienate my male readers. So I probably won't get answers to my questions, because I don't have the readers. But I can ask.


Pattern Stories


I have made my peace with patterns. I don't love them. I don't hate them. I realized as I tried (unsuccessfully) to clean my sewing room that I have managed to acquire quite a few. There is this fabric store that was selling patterns for $.25 a piece. You can't beat that with a stick. Unfortunately most of them were too small. BUT.... I have learned to grade patterns. So Maybe it's not all bad.

Also, I have come to realize that the free handed way I had been sewing was moderately inefficient. I mean it's God Cipher Cipher Divine that I am not dependant on patterns for my creations, but should I ever want to make a garment again, I would have to reinvent the wheel, and I hate doing that shit. It gives me comfort to know that for some things I already have 1/2 the work done.

Another thing I have noticed, is the fear that I had that sewing with a pattern would zap my creativity was wrong. It has had no effect. I actually have a new way to create. I can take the already perfected bodice from one the collar form another, the skirt from yet another and "Frankenstein" an outfit together. A cute on at that! Yeah patterns aren't grafted.

But just because I have warmed to patterns and realize that the size doesn't necessarily correspond to your ready to wear size doesn't mean that I will always use them.

This is an aside.... I am developing a fabric stash. I read that this can happen. You buy but don't use it. I don't think I like the direction this is taking so I'm going to have to do some house keeping soon. I'm certain it will require a blog.

Until then.....


Saturday, September 25, 2010

I'm Cheating....

I've got so much to do.... And I'm online just fooling around. I will pay for it later by being up late all night. I still need to make a lasagna. But what brings me to blogging is this.... It's still kind of hot, yet autumnal equinox has passed. I wear a lot of white clothes when the weather is warm, yet I don't want to wear them anymore. Since moving to hot-assed-Atlanta, I moved my cessation of white to the equinox. I go from spring to autumn in white.

I am now folding up the clear summer clothes. But its not a delineating moment, meaning I'm not putting up all my summer clothes. The clothes in the trunk are cold weather clothes, yet I need to pack up the summery things in exchange for fall.

I have been intending to collect a season-less wardrobe, but have been vastly unsuccessful in that endeavor. I think the reason why that is, is because I have REALLY stopped acquiring new clothes I the last couple of years. Really since I made that decision. I suppose sooner or later it will come to pass.

Another thing is I normally stash unwearable clothes in the spare room. But since the God has moved to the Garden, that has become his space. Not that I'm bitching, but it has limited my space. I have no idea where I'm going to store this stuff.

Alright. Rant over.

What are y'alls policy with wearing white clothes and accessories into the fall?

Back to Work!