Sunday, September 21, 2014

Catching Up...

As evidenced by the lack of sewing posts here, I have done very little sewing this week...or even last weekend...not getting past the pattern alterations and cutting out the fabric for the tri-colored ponte dress.

But this is what I have been doing...

I saw the movie, "No Good Deed"





I loved it...I've heard others didn't give it the same review but I go to the movies to be entertained and I was...so good movie for me!

Then two evenings later, my daughter and I caught the musical, "Motown". They are presently running a special through November 26th for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening shows - rear mezzanine tickets are $59 each. My daughter and I decided to go on Wednesday morning and got great seats for the Thursday show.  If you're in NYC or nearby this is a fantastic deal and I highly recommend that you see the show if you haven't already!





Of course my fabric showed up from Fabric Mart...and they are such classic fall colors...both of which I hope I'll be able to sew up sooner rather than later...



I've realized something, my fabric buying is way down from prior years.  It may not seem like it to you but I can tell.  One - there aren't as many boxes around - lol - and two I'm not struggling to find places to put all the extra fabric.  Actually I'm quite enjoying shopping from the collection.  So there will be a lot of garments sewn from fabric from the collection going forward.

Today I'm in the sewing cave watching the Scandalous Marathon on BET, which brings me to this...there was a NYTimes article about Shondra Rhimes that I don't understand.  I will just point you to the original article and several others about it here and here

I'm working on the tri-colored ponte dress today so hopefully it and the Bubbles Dress will show up here on the blog soon!

...as always more later! 

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have been doing some relaxing. That movie looks really good. I like both the actors here. I will be going in a week or so, since I have free tickets, just too much work. Those colors are really fall, but in the south, I can still get away with a few light colors. lol

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  2. Dear Carolyn: I read that NYT article too. It was full of racist shorthand (sassy? angry? really?? in 2014?), and so just plain inaccurate about the various women characters she names. It makes me wonder if the author ever watches TV series, or even mingles in the real world. She is very tone deaf. The narrative threads in "Scandal" drive me crazy but Olivia is far less "angry" than the other characters. They are rage-filled, violent, vengeful, and in some cases, truly insane. Olivia is terribly flawed and she makes some really bad decisions, but excuse me, the President of the United States is much more flawed, makes worse decisions, and is plain stupid sometimes. I won't even get into Cyrus and his murderous business. The author of that article does not understand the issues of race in real life, nor in "fake life" on TV. She simply wanted to write something about Rimes and was lazy enough, possibly deluded, possibly racist, to use a sexist and racist stereotype to frame it.

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  3. Going to the cinema and to a show is really fun. I love your fabrics. Are you going to use them together? They compliment each other beautifully and are such lovely Autumn colours. You always have such great taste in fabrics. xx

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  4. I found it puzzling as well. I've watched all of her shows and all I've seen are strong, interesting women who are fun to watch.

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  5. I don't watch TV any more (I live on the internet instead) and are unfamiliar with the series mentioned in the article. But it looks to me like it is backhandedly complimenting Ms. Rhimes for creating mesmerizing characters and then slapping her down for making them strongly multidimensional. The authors of each of the three articles seem to assume that "black woman" is a token slot in any TV program and are trying to force these multidimensional characters into a pre-conceived narrow depiction - Claire Huxtable as the "nice black woman", completely ignoring the complexity of her character and her standing up for herself when she was upset, for example. A powerful woman HAS to be pigeonholed as "angry" -- otherwise the authors have to admit that the characters played by black women are stunningly true to life, stunningly real, and thus blacks are capable of those accomplishments and such strength and emotional complexity in "real life" as well. We've seen one-dimensional black characters since the very beginning of TV. Showing them as fully complex, happy, sad, thoughtful, caring, intelligent, strong, occasionally stupid and embarrassed, and otherwise strongly capable human beings directly confronts and shatters the comfortable illusion that they were one-dimensional in real life as well, e.g., provided no serious competitive threat in the workplace, in professional settings, etc. The roles we see now place black women in positions where they may be far stronger than than the average bear, make better strategic decisions, take no guff from anybody, are excellent high level bosses and managers, and exceptionally professionally competent. I'd take it to the bank that it threatens many whites, including the authors of those articles and many very nice people who never thought the balance of the world they are comfortable in would change so drastically, or that they might someday be reporting to a non-white boss. Personally, I'm thrilled that this push for depiction of full, complex humanity on TV is changing the pre-conceived notions about the way the world worked that whites such as I had in good faith when growing up, and that blacks are now cast in so many powerful roles. Especially the young adults and children who watch these shows will have a drastically different idea of "the way the world works" from the get-go because they're being shown blacks as strong, competent, successful, nice, thoughtful, caring, and the whole works. Despite the authors' none too subtle put-downs of such a successful professionais as Ms Rhimes, what I take from them and their undertone of racism is fthat I love this strong, stubborn, exceptionally talented writer for keeping to her vision and forcefully changing everybody else's. Those resisters who try to tear down others by pigeonholing them and slamming them when they don't stay in that pigeonhole can just go jump in a lake. Creative Hormone Rush

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  6. Thanks for your great reviews! Love the new fabric.

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  7. Those are great fabrics. I hope you use them together, perhaps by adding a shot of winter white and doing another tri-color combo. Can't wait to see your design choices, whatever they are!

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  8. Ain't that how it goes: It doesn't seem like you're cutting back but then, all of a sudden, there's space in the cave where there was none. That's terrific. You get to achieve a goal (more space) and still indulge your fave pastime (if less extensively than before) :-)

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  9. I love those new fabrics, especially the pumpkinish one. I've got to see that movie and I really want to see the play. I wonder if the special pricing can be purchased online...off to see. Thanks for your inspiration, I'm finally back in my sewing room and getting inspired by all my favorite bloggers!

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  10. I love your fabrics. My fabric arrived in a "fresh mozzarella" box and my mother opened my mail. She was nervous that the "mozzarella" needed to be refrigerated. Hope you enjoyed the sewing day! Cannot wait to see the results.

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  11. I'm glad you've been enjoying the delights, at least some of them, of living in the NYC area! Like you, I'm ready to sew for fall and have had some heavy wool in my lap the last couple of weekends. Enjoy the coming sewing season!

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  12. The first time I saw the article, I was so excited that the talented Viola Davis was starring in a TV show, that the rest of the article was just blah, blah, blah. Re-reading it now, it agree, it is puzzling. More power to Ms. Rhimes and Ms. Davis, for their hard-won success.

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