Making clothes has completely changed not only the clothes I choose to wear, but also how I look at my body.
As someone who has always had quite set ideas of what I can/can’t/should/shouln’t wear, sewing has been really liberating.
The reason for this is that since I started making my own clothes – a.k.a clothes that fit – I don’t have to put up with highstreet clothing trends, shops telling me what my size is, what styles I should be squeezing myself into, and what I should look like (which is usually something like this, or this). An eye opener to say the least.
Yes, of course the sewing community and pattern designers are swayed by fashion trends – but the level of choice, and ability to customise that you have when you sew yourself, is beyond anything the ‘market’ could ever offer. Unless you are one of the 1% and have access to a tailor 24/7..
I think everyone, men and women, can relate to growing up with pressures from family, from friends and “society” (I’m not going to delve to deep here and talk about power structures etc…) in terms of what we should wear and look like. And from clever marketing agencies tasked with not so subtly nudging us towards certain products. But the sewing community is all about catering for, and celebrating difference in shapes and sizes. And quite literally so, as you construct garments based on your own measurements, not a set of clothing industry standard ones.
I’m not saying anything revolutionary here – I’m sure this have been covered by many a DIY seamstresses. And this is not a call to arms either, trying to get more people making their own clothes, but more of a statement I wanted to make for myself.
I’ve learnt how to measure my 6ft not-so-slight-build and to make clothes that make me feel good about myself. And that is pretty amazeballs.