One of the reasons I’m enjoying sending the Blank Canvas Tee pattern out into the internets is simply to see what happens. Soon I’ll be releasing some of the larger sizes, and to be honest that’s where my heart lies.
I don’t care to cover the social issues surrounding sizing in depth right here and now (but feel free to vent in the comments). It’s a problem. I have met far too many interesting, intelligent, funny and beautiful women who can’t find decent clothes to fit them. It makes me mad, because the message to these women in the fitting room is clear: “You don’t fit. Wear a sack.” GAaaaarrrrrowl!
Fat Bottomed Girls, great blog on positive beauty standards
However, I’m unwilling to think that the lack of well-fitted and interesting clothing options for plus sizes is all a part of some conspiracy perpetuated by an elitist view of beauty projected by the fashion industry. Not entirely, anyway. Plus sizes bodies are proportioned differently to regular sizes, it’s a function of weight distribution. Proportion and good fit are a lot trickier to pin down than simple measurements.
I have observed that plus sizes have some particular “fit” issues- the foremost being “narrow shoulders.” This means that in order to achieve good fit through the bust width, a person must buy a shirt or a pattern that is several sizes too big through the shoulders. How irritating. And it’s a pain in the neck to alter.
Another issue is “average” cup size. Most commercial patterns (including those used in Ready To Wear clothing) are drafted for B cup sizes. Above a certain weight, it seems there’s a shift to C/D being around the average, depending on genetics. Others have much larger busts, compounding the difficulty of fitting. It’s tough!
As I add more t-shirt patterns and you all play with the pattern and tell me what to fix, I’m at work developing more patterns. I’ll make them available to regular sizes, but it is particularly interesting to me to make nicely proportioned, easy-to-alter-if-necessary plus sized patterns.
So please let me know- what do you need? Basics? Quirky-chic work clothes? Dramatic special occasion outfits? (I like to look at the HeyFatChick! tumblr, I can see that a larger figure can pull off *so* *much* *sartorial* *drama*)
Also- Unload your gripes about fit. I have a few ideas from my own work and from the Pattern Alteratons- Let’s List and Vanquish Them post, but more input means a better pattern for you all.
And finally- If anyone who considers themselves “plus sized” would like to directly contribute to my problem-solving, I’m focusing at the moment on bust-waist ratios. If you feel comfortable, please send me your bust-waist measurements (imperial or metric, I don’t care). They go into an anonymous spreadsheet that helps me play with numbers.