Good morning, friends! For the editors of the Curvy Sewing Collective, conceiving of and launching this website has been such a thrill. Hours of thought and emotion have been put into every aspect of this project, from Tanya and T’s gorgeous design right on down to our various post categories. This is, we hope you can tell, a labor of love. So, as we kick off this adventure, I thought it would be fun to discuss one deceptively simple part of this project: our name.
I won’t start throwing roses and Shakespeare at you, because we all know names are important. When launching a community for women who identify as a certain size, the name is even more fraught with consequences. How do we talk about size, without offending wide swathes of the sewing community? With weight and fashion, such a feat is practically impossible! Women with similar measurements reference their bodies in wildly disparate ways. From our own coterie of editors, we all prefer different words: plus-sized, curvy, pear-shaped, and extravagantly buxom, just to name a few. Quite frankly, there’s a valid argument for not labeling one’s size whatsoever, to avoid giving in to sizist pigeon-holing.
You can see why this naming business proved interesting. We wanted to address the issues that come along with being a larger-than-average seamstress, without excluding anyone who might find support in this website. The Sewing Collective of Plus-Sized, Curvy Straight Sized, and Women Who Don’t Identify As a Size But Need FBAs is just a bit cumbersome, unfortunately. In the end, we kept it simple. Curvy covers the most women in the best way. It’s short, inoffensive, and doesn’t make us feel like ill-fated graduates from Camp Euphemism. However, we understand that it doesn’t sit well with every seamstress, for any number of excellent reasons.
Here’s the thing: we don’t care what you call yourself. We care that you find sewing help and inspiration here, no matter your size. We’re going to provide fitting help and inspiration for all manner of body types, from hourglass to pear-shape and from 8 to 28+. Body shaming and negativity have no place in the sewing process, nor at the Curvy Sewing Collective. Whatever way you choose to personally refer, or not refer, to your body is fine by us. In our own posts, you’ll see size referred to a dozen different ways, depending on the woman writing. They’re all welcome here, just as all seamstresses are welcome here.