One of the wisest things I've ever read about teaching--especially teaching law--is that it is very good for a professor to take lessons in something difficult in one's spare time--a new language, piano, auto mechanics, etc. The idea is never to lose touch with what it is like to be utterly bewildered and unable to master a new skill despite great efforts to do so. I think sewing might fit the bill for me. Today's example: I have now made Simplicity 2580 three times, each time using the same traced version of the pattern, each time without major mistakes. The only real difference among these three versions is the fabric:
Opus 1: a hearty cotton jersey:
Does she have her hoodie on back to front?
Opus 2: a much thinner, limper cotton-poly jersey:
Look! That was supposed to be a cowl neck! Who knew?
Opus 3: silk jersey from yesterday:
This one's only decent because I tucked it into my bra--otherwise it sags below my underwear.
So, just as when my students ask me a question about law and I answer with a question, the answer to "will this fit?" is "what are you making it out of?"