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Date: 7/2/13 12:59 PM

Cornell Chronicle Article

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Date: 7/2/13 11:38 PM

Wonderful! I can not applaud this loud enough or long enough.

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Date: 7/3/13 1:49 AM

LOL, they analyzied thousands of 3d scans from a body scanner, when all they really had to do was talk to a few plus size women. My sister is plus size and can articulate very clearly the issues with simply scaling up clothes from the smaller sizes. They also didn't have to do a whole lot of research to identify this as an overlooked market. It's been in the news periodically for a long time. To round out my grouchy post, I'll add that I hope the line drawings in the article aren't the culmination of their efforts; the looks are quite unflattering and ugly in my opinion.

Still, I applaud their efforts to break out of the mold of designing only for clotheshanger shaped bodies.

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Date: 7/3/13 3:19 AM

This is a subject dear to many plus sized hearts. I have been trying to fit some patterns to my shape, and when I get it right, am amazed at how much better I look in well fitting clothing. One just wishes it weren't such a fight to get it right! Better patterns would certainly help. I think the real problem is caused by trying to do this alone. Any good dressmaker can fit a pattern to a client. Fitting a pattern to ourselves is a different problem, even with a dressmaker's dummy. I have found that plus sized designs have made a big difference, but they still have to be fitted.

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Date: 7/3/13 5:49 AM

Now of they would only make sellable patterns. Looks to be RTW and there's enough floppy clothes there already.
I wonder how they are going to solve the pants fit problems? Butt or no butt, hips or thighs? Lots of difference. And small bust vs huge one? The box figure vs apple or pear a distinctly different.
At least they are keeping the questions going.

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Date: 7/3/13 5:59 AM

My daughters were both plus sizes at an early age-very tall, very bosomly and nothing for them at that age. I was thankful I had the skills developed over the years to be able to make them their outfits for school and Rainbow Girls. I am thankful for Connie Crawford and her patterns. They have been a blessing.

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Date: 7/3/13 9:57 AM

I too applaud these students. They were very brave. I do remember how unhappy the crew on Project Runway was one season when "faced with" plus size as a challenge. Prejudiced - I was amazed. Only a few managed not to make large bags, since this is the usual in that genre. I am plus, and do not wear large bags because all that does is make you look larger!

Go Cornell! ;)

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Date: 7/3/13 10:36 AM

I love the last three words of the article!

I have often wondered (when I use to shop for business clothing) what the store buyers were thinking? The 14 - X sizes sell out fast and at the end of the season the smaller sizes are sent off to never-never land along with potential profit.

A designer who can fit a figure with curves is a real designer. The rest design for paper dolls (flat figures).

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Date: 7/3/13 1:35 PM

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I do remember how unhappy the crew on Project Runway was one season when "faced with" plus size as a challenge. Prejudiced - I was amazed. Only a few managed not to make large bags, since this is the usual in that genre. I am plus, and do not wear large bags because all that does is make you look larger!



Go Cornell! ;)

That horrible "we hate fat ladies" segment of Project Runway was the first thing that came to mind when I read the article. Hide and disguise was the only thing most of them could come up with, poor unimaginative creeps. The final straw was listening to them blame their poor designs on the perceived physical flaws of their models.

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Date: 7/3/13 2:22 PM

It wasn't a particularly good fashion illustration, but I thought the outfit was cute. Remember, their goal wasn't necessarily to make plus-sized women look thin. Or to disguise their figures, but to make them look good as they are.

“Instead of just scaling up something designed for a different-sized woman, or even thinking about clothing as something to disguise a body or make a body look different than it is, the students sought to celebrate shape as it really is.”

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