Hello Shining Sisters! Welcome to One Breasted Babe! Here we go!!!
SO... a big part of my dream is to design gorgeous clothes for myself and others who are choosing to live one breasted.
I am all about expanding the conversation and creating a choice for our new silhouettes. And how can we, One Breasted Babes, truly honor our beautiful silhouettes if we don't even see ourselves reflected in the world today?!?
I need clothes that truly fit!! I am so tired of wearing clothes that don't embrace my shape!
We all deserve this. It feels wonderful to have clothes that fit. It helps you feel like you fit in your life. It also sends a message that you value and honor yourself, and will take the time to care for your needs.
Now it's wonderful to have a dream but we all know that at some point you need to take actual steps to MAKE IT REAL!!
Making It Real Step 1: Create Designs I had designs dancing in my head soon into my journey, so I immediately started sketching amongst my doctor notes. Then I compiled my designs and created a collection within a sketchbook. This gives direction to everything that comes next.
Making It Real Step 2: FInding that Perfect Person to Collaborate with Enter Elle :) I took a course in sewing knits and Elle was my instructor. I really connected to Elle and her warmth and wisdom in teaching us eager learners at Patch in Halifax. This led to tea and me sharing my vision, which among other things, Elle replied : "This is how I was brought up to feel about Beauty and my Body." And Elle was in. Yes! Learn more about Elle's valuable role in the Shine Team.
Making It Real Step 3:. Making a Mannequin of my New Silhouette... a longer tale...:) Because no mannequins exist right now like this.
Now I could have taken a standard styrofoam form and just adjusted that to make a new shape... ... but frankly, that whole process didn't appeal to me. I have already had surgery. And I see my body as whole and complete.
It was important for me to create a mannequin from my full complete form. And I discovered that the easiest and least expensive way to do this is to create a duct taped mannequin. This is one of the first things that students do in their design courses.
So over the summer, with many days of consistent work due to very specific shaping requirements, two mannequins were created with the help of my husband, Elle, and my girls who eagerly assisted with decorating.
In case you are wondering...:) yes, getting duct taped is quite a process! The restrictiveness wasn't fun by the end, but it was mostly ok. I learned from the first time through that the fumes could get to me, so I needed to wear a mask in order to not pass out by the end!
Seeing your form outside of yourself in 3d is quite an eye-opening, powerful experience. I realized that this could have been a hard thing to go through and possibly a shock to my system seeing my new form, but thankfully, it was really rewarding and validating!
I am an artist and this is a piece of sculpture that is beautiful! How could I not love this new form of mine!?! I feel such a fondness for my "Sweethearts" and hug them as I move them around. Designing with these mannequins is so much fun!
Making It Real: Step 4: Becoming Clear. Part of my philosophy and guiding principles that are dear to my heart, is to use either upcycled* fabrics, or earth friendly, organic fabrics, when buying. I want to help the earth, and not add any further harm and stress. (Upcycled fabric is the term I use for recycling, repurposing used fabrics)
Making It Real Step 5: Joyfully Create How do I want to work in my day? I always start my meetings with a grounding meditation and poem, a check-in, then get to the tasks at hand, and end with a check-out of some kind. This is important to me because it sets the tone for the rest of the time and helps me fully be present.
What is our design process? We take my design sketches and discuss them in depth. Then Elle goes to her studio and turns my designs into mock-ups using upcycled fabrics.
And we keep collaborating. Elle comes back to me with an upcycled mock-up and we tweak if necessary, and then Elle expertly develops this mockup into a paper pattern. And repeat. It's a lot of fun.
Making It Real Step 6: Wear and Share!! We now have my first 5 designs with a few versions within that, at the pattern stage, awaiting fabric for samples that I can wear. (So nice that I am my first customer! ;) And I can spin around in glee wearing something I designed that truly fits me! Then I can finally see what you all think after all of these months. Making It Real Step 7: Connecting and Expanding... Intrigued?!? :) A sneak peak of my first clothes will be: December 10th from 10-6p at "Share Your Wares Shambhala Crafter's Market" Shambhala Centre, 1084 Tower Road.
I will be there with my mannequins and wearing one of my pieces for the first time! I would love to see you there. It is a wonderful collection of artisans and a beautiful event to spend some of your Saturday at. Please spread the word!!
I will post photos of this premier event for One Breasted Babe on my website, FB, and over on Instagram for those of you who can't be there. ( when I get those accounts started that is!... step by step... ;)
And in the meantime, I welcome your comments below. Let's get this conversation started!
I am curious... What resonates with you in my story? Do you have any questions?
And I would love to know... How you are "making it real" in your life? What inspired steps can you name and commit to taking that will get you that much closer to manifesting your own dreams?
We all need to start somewhere. Where can you begin today? Give us the gift of witnessing your dreams and your brilliance. We can rise much stronger together.
Wishing you joy and inspiration as you find you way. Here's to Making it Real!! Big Love, *ShannonRose*