Hello, and welcome back to my blog. In this blog post, I will cover chapters 1, 2, and 3 of How to Have a Beautiful Mind, share my progress and some struggles that I’ve had so far, and finally, I will discuss my plan for the future regarding this project.
The first three chapters taught us how to agree, how to disagree, and how to differ. Edward de Bono mentions how crucial it is to be able to balance these three principles, otherwise, it can be becoming irritating for the other person if you only agree or disagree. Knowing this, I tried really hard to keep a good balance, but unfortunately, I agreed with my grandma the entire session. I had minimal knowledge of the topics we discussed so I couldn’t contribute to the conversation a lot. My grandma, on the other hand, is very experienced in this area, so I made sure to listen to her very closely.
This was my first time formally meeting with my mentor, my grandma, so I had to introduce the project and my goals to her before getting started. I explained to her the basis of the project, what would be expected of her, what I was going to strive to achieve, talked about how I’m planning on sewing four clothing articles throughout this year, and some other smaller things I wanted to improve in my sewing technique. Once we got the introduction out of the way, we began with the basics: taking correct measurements and using sewing patterns. Since, my grandma has sewn many different clothing items for me, including my leotards for rhythmic gymnastics, she always has to take my measurements. Hence, I already know how to take a lot of measurements from experience, so we didn’t spend a lot of time on this topic.
When I was getting ready for this meeting, I did do some research on taking proper measurements to reinforce my knowledge. These two links were particularly helpful: https://lisanelle.com/pages/taking-measurements https://www.marthastewart.com/1504765/tricks-to-taking-accurate-body-measurements
However, when it came to sewing patterns, my knowledge was very limited. I haven’t used sewing patterns in the past, so I had no clue how to use them. Even after doing my research, I still had a lot of questions. So, during the meeting I had my grandma explain to me everything that she knew about sewing patterns, and afterward, I just asked her a couple of unanswered questions that I had.
I mostly used these three links when doing my research on sewing patterns: How To Use A Sewing Pattern | Sewing For Beginners How to Read a Sewing Pattern (with Pictures) – wikiHow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBudnRKg_r8&list=TLPQMjkwMTIwMjElVl2hpY_l_w&index=1
During my free time, I was assigned to find a sewing pattern for a pair of pajama pants online that I’m planning on sewing. I was told by my grandma to make sure that I knew all the symbols and had a general idea of how to begin sewing the pants. During our next meeting, I will show her my sewing pattern and we will begin the pants together. She also mentioned that she will give me some tips on seams the next time we meet.