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Date: 7/27/06 0:51 AM

Hi all,
On Sewing Downunder, Skye put up a great link re the issue of vanity sizing in RTW garments. The webcast goes for a little over 16 minutes and is run by an excellent interviewer.She is talking to 2 designers as well as a Size 24 comedienne,who has a superb final comment. (It might take a minute to get used to the accent, but everyone in the world has that "problem" at some time .) The link is on Page 412.

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Date: 7/27/06 3:07 AM

here is the link vanity sizing

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Date: 7/27/06 7:53 AM

Gee, what accent?

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Date: 7/27/06 8:01 AM

I was interested in the implication in the first line "the western obesity curse?"

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Date: 7/27/06 10:43 AM

I'll have to take a listen when I have some extra time, but I must say that it is so annoying that RTW can't be consistent with sizing. I typically wear a size 8 pants, sometimes 6 depending on the brand (see no consistency), but the other day I saw some cute jeans on a clearance rack for $5 a pair (regularly $70) and they had a size 4 and size 8, so I grabbed both since I wasn't familiar with this brand. Well believe it or not, the 4's were too big! Hello manufacturers, where are your sizing guidelnes???? It's just so annoying to me. I realize that many people get hung up on the number and smaller is always better, but this really makes shoppers frusterated when you pick your "usual" size and then it comes no where close to fitting. Hence the reason I sew.

Thanks for letting me share my little vent, I can't wait to listen to the interview!

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Date: 7/27/06 1:00 PM

Very interesting interview! Thanks for the link.

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Date: 7/27/06 1:04 PM

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I was interested in the implication in the first line "the western obesity curse?"


You know, this was interesting because as one of the women in the interview stated, NZ has a much larger choice of "plus" sized clothing than I can find here in the US. I assumed this is because there is a large proportion of the population that is plus-sized, whcih you can observe simply by walking around, of course.

The thing about this "western obesity curse" statement that caught my attention is that (strictly based on my personal observation) it seemed to me that a large proportion of the plus-sized population in NZ is also not western, but largely islanders. I have a vague thought that "traditional" food habits for islanders involve lots of high fat, high carbohydrate foods and also that maybe "westernization" has brought with it increased food quantities and decreased physical activity. That's just my theory, though.

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Date: 7/27/06 10:40 PM

Keely ! My bracketed comment was partly in memory of an exchange I had in Ireland last year when a shop assistant couldn't understand my (South-and we ARE different!-Aussie) accent and I couldn't work out what she was saying. It was sooo funny-for both of us-as we were both speaking English

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Date: 7/28/06 7:33 AM

I know exactly what you mean, Aless. I think most of the time it's easier for us "down under" to understand other accents, esp. American, because of the predominance of US tv progammes on our screens. But there's not exactly a lot going the other way. And some of the British accents just take on a life of their own. How did you get served in the end?

I work with an Aussie and have been known to go home and call my kids "keeds". We get our revenge tho - there's a lot of entertainment to be had as a Noo Zeelander in getting an Aussie to say "six".

Thanks for posting the link - I listen to Nine to Noon when I can and hadn't realised they had the stories up on the net.

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Date: 7/28/06 8:12 AM

I've an idea that South Sea islanders, which include Polynesians, Moari and Cook Islanders, have always been big people. I remember seeing two men at the Calgary Stampede many years ago who were clearly from that group, and they were both well over 6 feet tall and very muscular. They were wearing what appeared to be denim skirts, but I doubt they got any smart-alec remarks about it!

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