Sometimes she's funny, sometimes she scolds me, and sometimes she revels in my victories. But of all the things she says to me, here is my favorite by far. This appears in the chapter on making the full, gathered skirt.
"You have, of course, bought the size corresponding most closely to your length and waist measurements. But make sure it's going to fit before going whack-whack into the fabric."Isn't that hilarious and wonderful? Going "whack-whack" into the fabric! I absolutely love that, and it's become a mantra of mine.
Okay, Gertie, let's make sure this is going to fit before we go whack-whack into the fabric.
Or: Now, why don't you double check the grain before going whack-whack into the fabric, dear?
And then, once everything is double-checked, I go whack-whack into the fabric. Fearlessly! With gusto!
I just adore this saying. Thank you VoNBBS, my imaginary friend, for holding me to a higher standard.