Thank you for your thoughtful comments on my last post, it is nice to read your opinions. I have answered questions and also added further thoughts by replying to some of your comments. Today's post lighter reading, I promise. Light and fluffy.
I started a new sewing adventure yesterday. It was the first session of a fitting masterclass at the Stitchery. I was quite anxious to go actually - I received an email with instructions, one being a request to take tights and a vest to the class for a body shape analysis and measurements. I have a strange relationship to my body. Some bits I love, others not so much. I am a nice shape I think but I am really heavily overweight (I make it into the obese BMI scale). I am mostly confidently round, don't hide under baggy clothes and wear what I like. But - and it is a big but - having my photo taken from all sides, wearing tights and a vest top, with a loose elastic wrapped around the middle to indicate my true waistline? I tell you, it was not easy to do that. Not at all. I haven't seen the photos yet and I am not looking forward to the next class, when we will be talking about body shapes and how to make clothes that fit our own personal shape. I guess the whole point of a fitting masterclass is to work with our own bodies, to get to know it when we sometimes try to ignore it and to fall in love with who we are, tummy rolls, flat bums, hollow chests, droopy boobs and all. All the women in the class have such different shapes, all beautiful in their own way, and not a single one is happy with her body, or parts of it. This transpired when we introduced ourselves. Isn't it sad? It upsets to think that we try to morph our bodies into something that they are most likely not meant to be, a shape that in all probability only exists on the pattern blocks of the mass garment industry. I guess learning to sew your own well fitting wardrobe is a big step towards accepting and embracing our own special bodies.
We are working with a fitting pattern designed by Cassandra, the founder of the Stitchery. It is a dress and can of course be sewn up as a dress to wear but foremost, it is a fitting pattern to practice a variety of adjustments. It is designed to be a close fitting garment with a little ease for comfort.
I discovered a couple of surprising facts about my body. I learned that in couture I am a B cup, with the difference between my upper bust and full bust less than 2 inches. Apparently fashion bra sizes are fairly random. I also learned that cup sizes are not necessarily all that informative, but a good starting point. I am of average height, have a broad and shortish back (neck to waistline) and narrowish shoulders, relatively slim arms and a bum two dress sizes bigger than the my top. Ok, I knew that last one already. The broad back can maybe explain the surprising B cup. I have made quite a few clothes now and I am quite successful with tops but I do struggle with dresses and skirts and I haven't even attempted trousers. I am always in a hurry when I really should take the time to make a toile. I forego pattern adjustments, ignore measurements and reality for the sake of a quick result. I make adjustments on the go. Sometimes they are ok. I have wasted fabric and time and donated plenty to charity. Why for example I never bothered with a length adjustment to accommodate my short back I can not explain. Anyway, I hope I'll enjoy my new sewing adventure. I don't think I am confident enough to model my ongoing learning but I'll be back with an update and hopefully a well fitting dress soon. In the meantime, have a lovely Wednesday evening. The skies are blue and it is balmy for once. I am going to sit on the front steps for a bit and watch the world go by. xx