Sizes In Our Minds

About half a month ago Ruth wrote about the preference for young thin people “even when we are old and not so thin!” She notes that sewing blogs written by women who are young and size 4-10 are more popular than those by older women who are size 14-18. (Okay, there’s my excuse. I’m not popular because I’m too old and too fat.)

First of all, I don’t think anyone should be judged by their size but we all do it. We all have our opinions about what looks good and mostly the people who look good to us are young and thin. I don’t think most people who complain about “skinny models” are judging people who are naturally thin but rather, they are protesting what they see as impossible standards presented to us by the fashion industry. The problem is that those standards have become so firmly fixed in our minds that even as we protest against them, deep down we still want to look like that ourselves. What the fashion industry is really selling us is a fantasy because that’s what we want. No matter how much we say we want reality they will keep selling the fantasy as long as we keep buying it. And we will keep insisting that we have no choice, which is at least partly true.

I’m not sure about the relative popularity of thin vs. average size sewing bloggers though. I read several sewing blogs by average or larger women and they do get a lot of comments, which, to me, indicates popularity. As with any other category of blogger, personality is the main thing that attracts readers. Personally, I appreciate seeing clothes on women who are near my size. I hesitated for months before buying New Look 6093 because I was afraid it wouldn’t look good on me. I thought it was such a cute pattern but it looked like a young thin person style. When you’re looking at a size 6 model, or one of those impossibly proportioned drawings, it’s hard to imagine what it will look like in a size 16. We hope it will make us look that good but experience tells us we are likely to be disappointed.

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  1. fillyjonk

    I know the patternmakers would probably protest that it was prohibitively expensive, but I’d like to see different photos/drawings for the different size ranges….so, for example, on the 14-16-18 size envelope, you have a size 16 woman modeling the dress, not the size 4 or 6 or whatever that is used as the standard.

    In ready-to-wear, you can at least try the clothes on to see how they look. With sewing, you have to guess and hope it comes out well.

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