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What Sewing Means To Me

I’ve been sewing & quilting off and on for over 40 years.  Every time I think about how long I’ve been at this, I’m amazed.  First, it startles me to realize that I’m 51 – soon to be 52; second, I can’t believe it’s been 40 years.  I learned to sew first from my mother; she used to make dresses for me, and I loved them.  I can recall helping her to make a pink polyester linen-look suit to wear when I visit Washington, DC as a school safety patrol person.  I was 12 years old and so proud to be wearing something I “made” with my mom.  Earlier that year, I’d taught myself to applique for a school project.  I was hooked.  


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(In)visible bodies

As a fat lady in Australia, I don’t have many options when it comes to brands that make clothes in my size in styles that I love. What I do have is an immense amount of privilege as a white, able-bodied person, a decent amount of disposable income and a bit of spare time here and there to sew my own clothes. Learning to sew and make beautiful garments in prints and styles that I love has been revolutionary. I adore bright colours, loud prints, and over the top patterns. I don’t give a shit about rules, particularly rules about how fat women should dress. I will wear a floral skirt with a striped shirt and a rainbow cardigan. I will wear a multicoloured dress with bright red tights and a sparkly jacket. I love that my wardrobe practically screams ‘my body is here and it is beautiful and it is celebrated’. Slowly but surely, sewing has helped to heal my relationship with my body and has made my wardrobe more ethical and environmentally friendly than it could ever be if I exclusively purchased ready-to-wear garments. 

So why is it that sewing makes me feel so visible yet so incredibly invisible at the same time?

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I will no longer sew patterns that don’t fit my body

Dear pattern designers

If your pattern doesn’t come in my size, you won’t be getting any more of my money. I won’t be grading it up. Because you should be doing that for me.

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Why am I angry?

My name is  Alexandra, I’m 34 years old, I’m French, I have been sewing for 3 years, I spend the first year sewing either for babies  (childbirths gift for friends or family) or either bags, wallet or accessories. Now it’s been two years that I sew for me, and for the past 3 weeks I’ve been sharing my makes on Instagram which a little revolution around my life (and my boyfriend’s life as he has been appointed as my official photographer, he is not overly enthusiast but in the middle of a lockdown I don’t have that much choice). I have been knitting for 25 years ( I was so young when I started that I don’t even remember learning) and cook a lot too. I’m a data scientist for a living and my field of expertise are mainly sales and marketing. Why do I bother you with my CV ? When @unapologeticallykat shared her feeling in her blog post a lot of people wrote about how they were sad and hurt on her behalf. I’m sometimes sad and hurt too but really most of the times I’m angry.  So, Jess asked me to come talk to you about my anger. And my anger has a lot to do with sales, marketing and data.

So, first off all, what are the things that make me angry and what are the things that don’t ?

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The Make-Thrift Dilemma of Plus Size

Hi, I’m Bronwyn, a long time clothes wearer who took up sewing aforementioned clothes in 2015 because it felt good to slow down and make things with my own hands. I’m a engineer who lives with my husband and two dogs in Australia. I also happen to be a plus sized woman; so have had a long, complex relationship with clothes and fashion culture. Let me introduce you briefly to my long time nemesis of ‘sustainable fashion’ – the Buyerarchy.

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Sized Out – Fat Sewing and Me

Me.

My name is Katherine /Kat (@unapologeticallykat on Instagram) and I began sewing clothes for myself very very recently. I started primarily because I couldn’t find the clothes I wanted to wear in my size. I am fat. I have always been fat. I wear between a size 20 and 26 in Australian brick and mortar stores and at online retailers like ASOS. I have always felt excluded from mainstream clothing stores and from fashion in general. So much so that I avoid bricks and mortar stores like the plague. Too many horrifying incidents with shop assistants. And even when do try to find something most of the offerings for fat women are dowdy, garishly coloured or patterned and adorned with diamante’s for some reason. Maybe they think that the shine from the diamante’s would distract people from realising that I’m fat. Who knows? I have always struggled to find the clothes I want to wear. I’ve been fixated on fashion from a young ago and would sketch out outfits for myself on the daily. Growing up though I realised that most of the clothes I wanted to wear either didn’t exist or where only available to smaller bodies than mine. My love of clothes has never gone away and that’s wear sewing my own came in.

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Me Made May & Slowing Down

Me Made May 2019

Hi! I’m Jenna, usually on instagram as @theladywholunches

Jenna smiling in front of a train in a seersucker Zadie jumpsuit.
This Zadie Jumpsuit from Paper Theory was probably my favorite Me Made May Outfit. So easy, and very comfy on a warm anniversary trip to Sacramento.

Last year was my second year participating in Me Made May and the first year of Me Made May Plus! I participated in a big way, challenging myself to wear mostly me-made garments everyday, and to post the outfit everyday to my Instagram grid. I usually rely on my reluctant husband to take my photos, so I knew if I wanted to get a daily shot, I needed a different plan. I got very lucky in a new office colleague who is also a photographer and great admirer of my wardrobe. She agreed to trade 5-10 minutes of her services every weekday in May for a Jenna-made jumpsuit, made to measure in a fabric of her choice. I also taught her to knit. Win-win! Our little mid-morning breaks were a welcome respite from our windowless office in San Francisco’s Civic Center. Weekends, I still relied on my husband. 

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Me Made May Musings

Hellooo fellow plus size sewists! I’m Dayle aka @daisysewcrazy from Sydney Australia, and I’m just a little bit obsessed with sewing. I love to sew, and when I don’t have time to sew, you can bet that I am thinking about sewing.

I stumbled across MMM 4 years ago, when returning to sewing after quite a long hiatus. My participation was initially mainly as an observer, and then gradually building to a fully fledged card carrying member of the MMM juggernaut last year. That first year I joined in, I had barely any me made items in my wardrobe, so I devised my own version of MMM, aiming to make and wear one me made item per week in May. My me made wardrobe and sewing confidence continued to grow, and last year I participated fully by wearing at least one me made item each day during May. I chose to document my MMM in a couple of ways.

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Me Made Flat Lay

About 18 months ago, after years of my mum always telling me I should sew my own clothes because I had so much trouble finding what I liked, I finally found my dream pattern and took the plunge. I’d spent a lot of time browsing instagram and following plus size sewists. A whole new world had opened up to me. People who looked like me, wearing clothes that actually fitted and looked great. Then about a year ago I decided I wanted to start sharing my own makes, and contributing to pattern hashtags so that other people with my body shape might find inspiration too. This was how Jess Terracotta (not my real surname) was born. You can now find me on Instagram under @jessterracotta.

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Sketching with My Body Model

Hi team, it’s Jess from Fat.bobbin.girl and BroadInTheSeams here. I wanted to share some inspiration and ideas that you might be able to use during #MMMayPlus2020 (either as part of participating or your wardrobe planning in general)!

Want to know more about Me Made May (the idea that started MMMayPlus2020) and have your burning questions answered? Check out this FAQ!

My Body Model is offering 15% off any purchase of 1-5 download codes between April 28-May 8. Use code ‘MEMADEPLUS’