Thursday, February 05, 2009

IF – Flawed

I'm slowly continuing to work with the sketches I did while in Toronto this past summer with my Dad. It's fun having these on hand to play with when one happens to match an Illustration Friday theme. This particular one fits "flawed" perfectly – I still get a pang in my heart remembering my disappointment upon discovering the flaws in these dresses.

It was a rainy, foggy day. Dad and I had been for a long walk, down Yonge street, up and down and through the financial district in every direction, along King and up Spadina. Once on Queen Street we split up for a while, with plans to meet back at the pub. I had been wanting to go in search of a vintage shop which had been one of my favourite downtown stops when I lived out at York years and years ago. I found it – Black Market, a cavernous basement spot with vintage clothes of all kinds, plentiful and cheap. I gathered up a huge armful of dresses to try (it being summer, I was obsessed with finding perfect vintage sun dresses). I had at least 15 dresses, nearly more than I could carry. And not one – NOT ONE! – was right. All flawed, horribly. Too flawed even for a "Well, it's only $12.99 and I could probably put a different belt on it, shorten the straps, and..."

I bravely managed not to cry, and continued on to the pub to meet dad. Sitting at the bar, sipping my beer and waiting for the jazz band to start, I pulled out my sketchbook and pens and drew some of the pretty pretty (on the hanger) dresses, so as not to forget the hopes I had had for them.


Anonymous said...

Now you have me curious as to what the flaws were?????

Dana S. Whitney said...

I'm 50 and still can't judge what will look good "on" in comparison to what looks good on the hanger. Needless to say I am NOT shaped like a hanger. At All!!. Love your drawing.

Meg Whetung said...

GB – Ha ha, I guess that sounded a bit mysterious... The flaws were all basically to do with fit – too big in the shoulders, too tiny in the waist, or just too loose all over. I guess since different shapes were in style back in the day, they often don't seem to fit quite right now. I'll be attracted to the pattern of the fabric, or certain details – fun pocket shapes, tie belts, etc. – and not realize that the shape of the dress totally won't work on me.

Like you, KPW, I don't think my tendency to be too hopeful when seeing something cool on a hanger will ever change :)