I continue to devote myself to recreating the fancy ball gown. When I am not in the studio, I am thinking about it. On BART, San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system, I pull out my tablet and read The War of Art. In Book Three, Beyond Resistance, Steven Pressfield stresses professionalism. He describes the qualities to bring to my work that Resistance will not be able to overcome. And then he says the one thing that keeps me going back to the studio: “Because the most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
So, I re-enter the studio, armed with a knowing smile. For the time being, I will devote myself to just the underskirt. Here is a peek at my process.
1. Draft the pattern.
2. Cut out the pattern.
3. Cut out and fit the prototype.
4. Review the underpinnings.
5. Re-draft the pattern.
6. Adjust the prototype.
7. Wait overnight for fabric to settle.
8. Check the length. (too long.)
9. Adjust the pattern.
11. Let the whole thing settle again.