I hope you are all well and happy and that whatever you are sewing right now is coming along nicely!
It’s time to announce a new Curvy Sewing mini-series: The Peculiarities of Plus Size Sewing. This will be a chatty monthly opinion post on the weird and wonderful world of sewing for larger bodies, and all of the issues and benefits in doing so.
The idea is to take a general sewing topic, for instance, piecing together PDF patterns, and put a plus size spin on it, creating a forum where we can identify what is different for plus sized sewers, what the common problems are and how we might troubleshoot them. It’s also an opportunity to have a bit of a laugh about the annoying assumptions that many non-curvy sewists and pattern designers have about sewing and the stuff that annoys us, ie. ‘It is SUCH a great pattern, and you can squeeze it out of a metre of fabric!’….. YEAH IF I WANT IT TO COVER ONE ARM. Please note however: this is all good natured fun, and we don’t want any body shaming language in this discussion, including disparaging remarks about thinness.
I have a list of topics in my head that I think would be good to cover in this, but I am keen to hear of more, and also take contributions from you wonderful bunch. So far I have:
- The expense of needing to use more fabric
- Huge pattern pieces and storage
- TERRIBLE plus sized patterns (tents)
- Separate plus size ranges
- Small size ranges of patterns
- The need to learn how to grade patterns/do FBAs right from the start
- Models and sewing pattern packets that don’t look like us
- Sewing lessons that aren’t geared to curvy sewists
- The extra time taken for sewing much longer hems and seams!
What else should we cover? What do you think is unique about curvy sewing? And do any of you fancy writing a piece on one of these subjects?
Editor’s note: Wow, this has been up for less than 24 hours and there are already so many FANTASTIC suggestions! There are plenty that I will add to the list, and some that could stand to be developed further outside this series. Thank you so much for sharing all your tales of trial and error. I certainly can’t claim (as a sewist of just over a year’s experience) to know all the solutions to these peculiarities, but I feel hopeful that between us, we have so much useful experience that is much better shared. So thank you. And as I said before, if any of you want to write posts on any of these issues, please do let us know, either in the comments below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org