A lady on Instagram was talking about how sewing made her more body positive and I can definitely say I’ve noticed a shift in how I think about my body since starting dressmaking.
Now I make clothes to fit my body, not my body to fit in clothes.
I went into topshop the other day for some new jeans, I don’t really shop in there much due to not being fashionable (I’ve always done my own thing when it comes to clothes). Anyway I tried on some jeans that are my size and surprise surprise they’re too small. The next size up was a size bigger (obviously) but it was the next dress size up and it upset me that I had to go up a size.
I ended up going to Levi’s and buying some jeans that were my actual size and that fit well.
This fiddling around that high street shops do with the sizes is really messing with girls’ self esteem. It’s upsetting when you think you’re one size and buy something without trying it on and finding it doesn’t fit.
This is where sewing comes in. In most patterns there aren’t the traditional sizes (for example Tilly uses 1,2,3,4) and you have to go by the measurements rather than the size you think you are. There’s no going home and finding the garment doesn’t fit. It will fit because you made it to fit.
I’ve never been one to obsess about weight but I have noticed a shift in how I think about the way I look since dressmaking and I love it! Has dressmaking changed your perspective?