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Date: 7/30/13 4:08 PM

Hi!
Has anyone else seen this article?
http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/did-you-make-that/2013/jul/30/can-sewing-change-your-body-image
I enjoyed it.

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Date: 7/30/13 4:25 PM

Thanks for linking to this article!

I enjoyed it also.

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Date: 7/30/13 4:38 PM

You're welcome! Took me a lonnnnng time to be okay with my body and this article was an affirmation! I need to sew for my shape.

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Date: 7/31/13 0:31 AM

Years ago I made a duct-tape-double dressmaker dummy for myself and slipped a slinky little lycra slip I had over it. I was so surprised to see that my shape looked better than I ever imagined. I think we tend to dwell on our 'negative' aspects too much, berating ourselves for not looking model thin, and not fitting current clothing styles designed for young and slender proportions.

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Date: 7/31/13 5:56 AM

Thank you for the article.
This reality hit home when I was sewing, not for myself, but for DD. She ranges between a junior size 1-3. Slender, toned (gymnast/cheerleader type), and extremely active, but when I sew for her it's usually sized between women's 10-12. Oddly, this helped *improve* her body image, as she saw for herself that sizing is arbitrary. It was also an eye-opener for me to really start looking at FIT, not size.

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Date: 7/31/13 6:05 AM

I think making a paper dress form has affected my body image (I've always gone by measurements over weight or dress size). Seeing 'myself' from the outside its making it so much easier to judge what flatters me.
I wish I could take it with me shopping to get a proper 360 degree view of purchases. lol!

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Date: 7/31/13 7:22 AM

Sewing has made me have a more negative image of myself, not that it was great before I ever picked up needle and thread.

For my age, having 2 children (and one in my late 30s almost 2 years ago) and a family history of women with obesity, eating disorders and dysmorphic body images from everyone flying around I know logically I don't look bad. But seeing concrete numbers from a tape doesn't help.

It's great when one can accept and embrace what they see.

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Date: 7/31/13 9:05 AM

I was pleasantly surprised that my dress dummy doesn't look half as bad as I thought I looked. I love seeing the patterns that "work" for members of similar body types on PR. One thing that drives me nuts, though, is that burgundy haired Vogue model who is obviously a victim of anorexia. Poor thing...I wish they would get her help and stop featuring her on pattern envelopes until she has a more normal body. She kind of scares me and therefore I have a hard time trying patterns where she is the model.

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Date: 7/31/13 9:26 AM

I'd like to see a wider range of model 'sizes' and 'shapes' on pattern covers.
I find it impossible to guage how a pattern will look on me when the models don't have enough curve-age to show off design elements like princess seams?

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Date: 7/31/13 3:51 PM

I would say as an adult, I've mostly had a healthy body image. There was a time when I was very uncomfortable with my (then sized 2) body. Super thin just wasn't an attractive way to be to the average black girl in the city!

My years of dedication to watching "What Not to Wear" made me stop caring about my size. At one point, I had a closet full of clothes that ranged from S-L and 6-10. If it fits, it's okay.

Now, sewing HAS affected me as I have decided that I hate my post-kid breasts. They are not where they used to be (duh), but sewing makes that painfully obvious.

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