Sew Colette: Fitting Revelations and something to be Sew Grateful for!!

All my life, a good fit has been like a fashion oasis to me. I would spy a beautiful fabric, colour, or style that would entice me to draw nearer, just to find myself wearing the same rumpled, twisted, creased mess as always.

Even with learning about the ‘main body types’ it only confused me more, because I don’t fit any of those categories!! Until yesterday, when I read the post about body shapes on Rhinestones & Telephones and spied a new one I’d never seen… the Strawberry shape. What was this? I thought, and read it. Now THAT sounds a little more like it… but I wasn’t entirely convinced by the post I read, because while the pants looked like something I’d wear comfortably, I’d NEVER wear a bulky long sweater like that, it draws too much attention to my upper body and makes me feel gigantic!!

So I did a little more research and found an amazing article that completely changed my perspective:

THIS ONE!! According to this article, I’m in the same category as Naomi Campbell – WHOOP!! LOL

Another excellent article on styling strawberry:

Dressing for the Strawberry Shape

Now, body image issues are no joke and it’s not surprising that encountering a poor fit in RTW can lead one to have gross misconceptions about one’s body. We are made to believe that good fit = being skinny, and if your clothes don’t fit, you’re too fat. Period. Proportion is never discussed and no one tells us that cup sizes matter for more than just bras. I’m not fat, I just have a big chest! I literally JUST figured this out yesterday – i know… DUH right? It seems so obvious now!!! But when the light bulb went off, I suddenly saw my body in a totally new way – not a freakish disproportionate mess, but a beautiful, unique thing that I suddenly knew I could fit right – the way fit was meant to be… the fit I’ve always dreamed of!!! πŸ™‚

But I only recently found out that the big pattern companies draft for a B cup, and it still didn’t make me clue in that I was buying patterns ALMOST FOUR SIZES TOO BIG because I was buying patterns and RTW to fit my chest…. so inevitably, fabric creased, bunched and pinched in all sorts of areas, and I still never got a good fit. I always thought this was because I needed to lose weight, but even when I was fitness training, and at a competition level body fat percentage, i was still having trouble fitting into a Large top, and why?? Not because i was FAT but because I needed to fit my chest and ribcage. Incidentally, I also could never wear sleeved tops in woven fabrics, because my bicep is apparently too big :/

It is serendipitous that this revelation should come at the end of Sew Grateful week, because even though on the surface, it sounds like a little thing, you have no idea how MASSIVE a relief this is to me, to finally understand my body, the fitting issues i’ve suffered with my entire life, and to finally get a glimmer of an idea of how to get the fit I never thought was possible. I will keep you posted on what adjustments are needed for this body type, in case anyone else is struggling to try and fit theirs! πŸ™‚ It truly is something to be incredibly grateful for, and I am quite literally, a new woman for it.

About symondezyn

graphic designer, illustrator, and artist of many skills... always striving towards new challenges and goals, and always with more projects than time to do them in!! View all posts by symondezyn

6 responses to “Sew Colette: Fitting Revelations and something to be Sew Grateful for!!

  • Lavender

    Great post! I had a similar revelation while making the Clovers. The women in my family have always called ourselves “hippy” or “large hipped” or “wide assed” if it’s that kind of conversation. It finally dawned on me: I don’t have large hips. I have low hips. Where my hip joint is, I’m pretty proportionate, but the widest part of me is lower, in my thigh area. Now, that comes with another set of baggage (saddle bags?!), but it was still an eye-opening moment. Now I have to figure out how to fit for this, which is still kinda tough. Maybe if I keep up today’s 6 am spinning class, I won’t need to?!

    • symondezyn

      I know right?? Why do we all insist on insulting ourselves if we don’t look exactly like Barbie? I remember my mum once telling me that when I was born the doctor said i had ‘football shoulders’ – ugh, what kind of thing is that to say about a little girl? I’ve heard all kinds of unpleasant descriptors for my body type as well, but let’s face it… we are shapely, beautiful women!!

      Don’t try to change your body shape – it’s lovely already, and will just end up in heartache – trust me, i know πŸ™‚ Secretly I’ve always wished I had bigger hips or a smaller ribcage… and somewhere someone wishes they had my shoulders and chest proportions LOL I too spent many years trying to reshape my body to the ‘approved’ societal proportions, but now instead, I’m gonna focus on making clothes that fit and flatter me the way I was made ^__^ After all, the whole point of sewing is to make stuff that fits only US, right? Celebrities pay big bucks for custom tailored clothes… we’re lucky enough to be able to do it ourselves πŸ˜‰

      I have a hunch you’ll figure out your fitting issues, as will I – it’s definitely challenging, but once we figure out that perfect scientific mixture of fit adjustments, it’ll be like having a magic potion to looking GORGEOUS all the time! πŸ˜€

  • Rachel W.

    Aaah, how wonderful that Sew Colette is helping you, both with fitting problems AND with body image! It’s doing the same thing for me. Ill-fitting clothes often make me feel like I’m the wrong shape (too fat, too short, too hippy) but all this fitting and grading and tinkering is removing some of the emotion and confusion from it. We’re not bad shapes– we’re just overcoming bad fit! πŸ™‚

    Keeeep going, and best of luck with the Pastille!

    • symondezyn

      Hi Rachel, Thanks for your comment! It’s true, ill-fitting clothing is abundant – now that I have been immersed in solving my own fitting issues, I see them everywhere on other people LOL. I look forward to seeing your completed Pastille! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda

    Such a revelation! I can’t wait to see what you come up with as a result of this discovery!

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