As a fat disabled person, I came into sewing for two main reasons: a hobby for my good days that made me feel “useful” (awful capitalism) and, a way to have access to garments in the style and fabrics that make me happy. I constructed my first garment (a M&B Torrens Box Top) in March… Continue reading Help Wanted: Plus Size People Need Adaptive Clothes Too
Here’s a roundup of Fat Sewing resources for the community. We’d love to use this page to roundup the resources into one place! Let us know in the comments if there’s other places that we should link! Plus-size patterns over 60″ hip Here’s a list of patterns over 60″ hip. from Broad in the Seams,… Continue reading Fat Sewing Resources
The list was completely sourced by members of the sewing community for beginner-friendly and fat-friendly pattern companies.
For a long time, I didn’t know my body. Hell, I didn’t WANT to know my body. It was not my own, it was something I never recognised when I looked in the mirror, I just didn’t want it. Avoiding my body was actually quite easy, I knew clothing stores just weren’t for me; it… Continue reading Meditations on Fat Fit
Hello! I’m Emma (@emma.m.makes over on insta) and I’m a Canadian sewist living in Denmark. I moved here with my husband last year after graduating with a BA in textile design and sadly had to leave the fabric shop I worked at/my sewing family. I miss it immensely so joining the sewing community on instagram… Continue reading I am enough
I was 10 the first time I really remember being misgendered. I was by myself at the salon assigned to foreigners in Beijing in 1979, to get my hair cut before going home to Canada for the summer vacation. I was in shorts and a tee shirt, a lanky-long slip of a thing not quite… Continue reading Gender, Fat, and Aging
When people ask me how I’m keeping myself grounded during lockdown, I reply, “I’m learning to sew!” When people ask me if I sew, I say “I’m a beginner!” I don’t really feel like I’m a sewist yet, because that implies that I have some idea of what I’m doing, but calling myself a beginner… Continue reading Learning to sew, learning to see
TW: death, grief and burnout I started to sew clothes 10 years ago, next July. It’s a weird thing to know the date of, but I remember it as it’s the summer my father died. I was lucky to have a great relationship with my dad so the months following his death were the worst… Continue reading The resilient sewist
TW: talk of death, body measurements, depression, weight, weighing, body image, body positivity The other day, Jess (@Fat.Bobbin.Girl on Instagram), posed a question that really got me into my feels. The question: What has sewing meant to you/ what has sewing enabled you to do?
For many designers, it appears that this drive for positive, inclusive change can be overwhelming. Here are some practical and relatively simple ways to make pattern companies more inclusive.