Friends, he liked it!
And it fit extremely well. And it flattered his coloring. I was delighted.
My client is Shya Kane, whose personal transormation workshops, which he co-leads with his wife, Ariel, I've been attending with Michael since last fall. Ariel and Shya's work is based on living in the current moment of your life and not resisting (aka saying no to) what shows up. More about that below.
I brought the newly completed shirt with me to our weekly Monday night seminar. The shirt is in the garment bag in the pics below. (That's Ariel in pink.)
Shya wore the shirt all evening and got lots of compliments, as did I, when people heard I'd sewn it. Shya even asked me to stand up during the meeting and take credit for it! (Lots of applause followed.)
I could write many, many blog posts about Ariel and Shya and maybe I will. Their approach is based on three basic principles:
1) Whatever you resist persists, and ends up dominating your life.
2) You can only be exactly as you are in the current moment of your life (and can only have been exactly as you were in every past moment).
3) Anything you can see (i.e., habitual ways of being) without judgment completes (aka resolves) itself.
One of the most important things I've learned from the Kanes is that the circumstances of my life don't dictate my well being. When I feel well in myself, life's little annoyances aren't annoyances at all, whereas when I'm upset, any little thing can set me off. If I'm in complaint mode, I'll find something to complain about regardless of how well things are going. Have you ever noticed how that works?
It was a joy and a privilege to make this shirt and a delight that it was so well received.
I don't know where I'll go from here with regard to sewing for private clients, but it's nice to know I've set a positive precedent for myself.
If you have any questions about the Kanes, just ask. I'm happy to respond.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!