Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people’s actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself.
I am persuaded, that if any attempt is made to improve the education of the poor, and such an unmanly spirit should guide the resolution of a society or committee for that purpose, it would render the design abortive.
I have made bouquets of pleats, bouquets of flowers, bouquets of ruffles, bouquets of feathers. Often I design in mousseline, held tightly around the waist, and with something else going on all around.
I tried a dozen different modifications that were rejected. But they all served as a path to the final design.