From this No Stupid Questions podcast episode, I heard that mathematician Richard Hamming thought “in science, if you know what you are doing, you should not be doing it; in engineering, if you don’t know what you are doing, you should not be doing it”. That is, scientists are explorers, while engineers are executioners. It’s not an absolutely line. Nothing is, and especially in situations like this where neither side doesn’t know anything about what they’re doing. You need to know some things to plan to do it in some way, and you need to do some things you don’t know everything about. So maybe it’s a majority sort of thing. But it let me to consider if I were more of a scientist or engineer when it comes to fashion design, where, in addition to designing, I often alter or create thing for some purpose.
Lots of people have been making Bernie Sanders’ mitten memes in the past few days (see my analysis of them here), and LOTS more have been enjoying them! As a maker of slightly oversized mittens that get a lot of attention when I wear them, I thought, why not show them off like Bernie did? Don’t just make the meme, be the meme! So with my friend Edgar, I took a folding chair outside of my building, and assumed the pose to get a few pics below. And then I thought, as I often do for most things I do, why couldn’t other people do the same? I mean, lots of people would have fun and beautiful and awesome mittens to show the world. This is the perfect moment to show them, and this is the perfect way to show them!
In these days of COVID-19 social limitations and working from home, a lot of men’s formal clothes aren’t being used nearly as much as they used to be. Those wearing it don’t have nearly as many occasions to dress up, nor do they have to dress up on nearly as many occasions like work, as in the past. The difference with this latest turn on men’s formal fashion, though, especially the casual work look, is that it looks to be here to stay. That makes men’s formal clothes ideal for purging, and refashioning if you were into that trend.
I do some fashion design and custom fitting sewing. From what I have learned of bra fitting and sewing, I have compiled this one page checklist of fitting features a bra buyer should check for in searching for bras that fit properly. Resources that have photos which could better explain how to fit bras in various places are linked in the PDF below.
Recently, I thought about how great it’d be if the sewing machines with electronics these days came with a stitch count feature. And maybe ten different counters, at that, while they’re putting in the counting features. A few for different needles, say, and the rest for different garments, as many of us who sew, don’t sew one garment or item all the way through before starting on another.