I’ve been tagged for two of the memes going around the crafting community, and I am never one to avoid filling out a questionaire (is that odd? I love to answer random questions!)  Tasia tagged me for the “Eight Questions” meme – here are my answers (I’ll save the other answers for later on!)

1. Which pattern/vintage style have you been thinking about lately? I’m in the midst of a Mad Men rewatch, in preparation for the new season, so I’d have to say that my obsession with the early 60s continues.  I’m also desperate for some flattering black pants – I bought mine in 2002, and they aren’t looking so good!

2. What’s your sewing threshold? As in, what will you let go, what must you absolutely fix? If it looks fine on the outside, I probably won’t fix it.  Slightly puckered lining?  I’m not going to bother.  I will fix a puckered seam on the outside, and I cannot bear if I can see the hem when it’s supposed to be invisible.  I will always fix fitting problems if I can – I often have to take a dress apart and adjust the side seams a bit!

3.  A designer you consistently like and why? It’s only since I started sewing that I paid much attention to designers at all, other than an unhealthy obsession with Project Runway. Flipping through my inspiration file, it seems I do like Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors,  and Armani.   Classic looks, which makes sense since I am far more inspired by vintage design than I am by what’s happening on the runway now!

4. What garment/accessory do you wear the most? I wear the diamond stud earrings that my grandma gave me for my 16th birthday almost every day.  I am not much of one for fancy earrings or necklaces, but I do love a nice brooch!

5. What song never fails to move you? A question you should never ask a musician!  I would have to say The Luckiest by Ben Folds… it was the first dance song at my wedding. Of course, when the first line said “I don’t get many things right the first time,” all our guests snickered… guess they know us well!

6. What is one place that you really want to visit that you haven’t been to before? So many places!  I love to travel.  Right now England is at the top of my list… I’ve been to Europe several times, but somehow I’ve never quite made it there!

7. How do you relax? I am not exactly known for being a relaxed person, but… I love to take walks around my neighborhood, looking at the lovely old houses, maybe stopping at a coffee shop.  My neighborhood is not quiet at all, so I suppose many people wouldn’t consider it relaxing, but I love the feeling of being a part of everything, and the excitement that something is always going on (that I don’t have to take part in.)  Since I work from home, my concept of relaxing may be different from yours!  I get really stir crazy if I don’t get out of the house for a bit every day.

8. Your motto/mantra?Music is what happens between the notes.”  (Duke Ellington… I think) Although I don’t talk about it so much here, most of my life is taken up by teaching and performing.  It’s easy to get caught up in the notes, in a sometimes futile attempt to achieve technical perfection.   And yet… some of the singers who move us the most have imperfect voices.  The most simple music can be the achingly beautiful.  As an example I offer this:  Metamorphosis I by Philip Glass, one of my favorite pieces to play lately.  Technically demanding?  Not especially, though there is an art to minimalism.  But there is something there that speaks to me (so I guess this is another answer to #5 as well!)

9 thoughts on “Tagged!

  1. Metamorphasis I is one of my FAVORITES! It’s so moving, without “saying” much at all.

    Were you a Battlestar Galactica fan? This piece was featured prominently in an early episode.

    I didn’t realize you were a musician (or teacher). Great meme, I enjoyed it very much.

  2. I’ve also managed to never get to England! How does that happen? Esp. since they speak English! LOL Your focus on finish and fit is impeccable – I’m surprised to read you let some things slide the inside. (So do I!) 🙂

  3. England is great (though I’m biased because I live here, in London). If you get a chance to come across to the UK: don’t forget Scotland or Wales, they’ve got fabulous towns and countryside on offer too.

  4. I’d love to visit England too, so far I’ve only been in the Heathrow airport for a stop-over. But I’ve been to Scotland and absolutely LOVED it!
    Always good to know even the most talented and skilled seamstresses let a few things slide, now and then 🙂
    I like answering random questions too, it’s like a pop quiz, except I already know all the answers!

  5. Wonderful answers! I particularly loved your final answer, how beautiful. I’ll have to remember that. I write, but there’s so much more than technical precision in that art form as well. There’s heart. xxx

  6. I’m so glad for this post. I’ve learned so much more about you – & I completely agree with your idea of relaxing with a neighborhood walk. In Berkeley, the neighborhoods are interesting enough: I’d dread leaving it for a place without that attraction. & your musical links were wonderful! I admire you’re able to translate your thoughts unapologetically, or rather, unselfconsciously. Must be your performance confidence translates to the blog page. Bravo!

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