Embracing your Shape
Learning to embrace your emerging shape as you develop as a teen to a mature woman. In media we are not always encourages or even shown how beautiful the different body shapes are. We’ve only been shown one body shape for a long time and have been told that this body is the most beautiful and none other. Never taking into consideration that there are many beautiful women shaped differently in this world. Recently another body shape has emerged with much resistance but perseverance has paid off and this I’m glad for. These are only a few body shapes and we must take into consideration all the variations on these shapes as well. Learning to love and accept your body shape is difficult in a world that seems to ignore most of them and only glorifies a few.
Women in Art
Look at all the beautiful women in art over the centuries, as you can see we come in all shapes and sizes.
Finding Your Shape
Three measurements: Bust, waist, full hips and a few more.
Sizing Gone Crazy
My frustrations when it comes to shopping are:
- I can go from a small to large size depending on what store I happen to be in at the time.
- I recently went bra shopping at the same shop I’ve been going to for the last 10 years and my cup size has steadily crept up to an unbelievable size yet my body has stayed the same, the only difference is I’m no longer in my baby making years so I have slimmed down a bit. I would even go so far as to say my cup size should have gone down as well.
- What is their purpose in trying to convince me that I’m smaller but lager at the same time.
- I get that the pattern and garment industry has a difficult time in finding a body shape average, but why confuse me with all these different sizing charts from different designers? I will say that some pattern companies indicate on their patterns which body shape the pattern most compliments, this I’m happy with.
- I don’t even bother shopping for dresses or trousers anymore because I find it so discouraging because I find my body type is not represented in the garment industry except at a few stores. This is why sewing has become so valuable to me.
This is mind-boggling, I’m not sure what to make of it. What do you make of it? Is it a reflection of todays sizes? The last ten years have really jumped. You know at the end of the day I’m not a size, I am a women trying to make sense of this craziness. My advice learn how to sew!!!
My Shopping strategy
When shopping write down a few thing on a flash card:
- Your body shape.
- Your relevant measurements.
- Bring along a good friend.
- Measuring tape
- Try not looking at sizes, but rather look at the garment and gauge whether it would fit by visual inspection.
- When in the change room still do not look at size but feel how outfit feels on you.
- Try not to look at mirror they are always unflattering.
- Go to the stores that accommodate your figure.
Let me know if there is anything I missed, and what is your take on sizing.
God Bless & Sew On