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Have you ever thought about how much you may know or not know that you don't know?
Also, how trippy was that question?
For instance, today I found out from an editor that bodice facings are generally at least 3 inches wide at the shoulders. Now, I know what bodice facings are used for, and I thought I knew how to draft one for the dress that I designed.
But I had not even the slightest inkling that there was a right way to do it. I didn't even think that making it too narrow might make the neckline flap open when on a real live person.
Now, of course I know that there are plenty of things out there about sewing and about life which I don't know. But what do you do if you don't know that there's an accepted method? What if your method gets the job done? How do you possibly press on without the fear that something you're doing, and trying to make your best, is actually not what is supposed to be?
So today I am feeling fairly humiliated after sitting through a critique of my construction techniques on a project that was accepted for publication. I'm not an emotional type of person, and I value constructive criticism, so I definitely appreciated being told things like that, but it certainly does make me hesitant to submit any ideas until I know that my designs are conforming to the sewing norms. I obviously like to put my best foot forward, and am embarrassed to have sent in something that was done incorrectly, even if I wasn't aware that it was incorrect.
I guess your ideas can be new and revolutionary, but your methods still have to be conventional until you're known as an expert?