Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Post!

I plan to use this blog to talk about sewing, vintage fashion and fatness. Race, gender and sexual orientation will likely come up as well.

I think of myself as a relatively new sewist, because while I've been sewing costumes for years, I haven't made a lot of clothing for regular use. However, if I can sew myself elaborate historical dresses, I know I can also sew myself fabulous dresses for daily wear.

I'm fat which can sometimes make sewing frustrating because the variety of patterns one can buy dramatically shrinks when you get to plus sizes. My measurements are about 49-42-49 and I wear a modern 20/22. In vintage sizing I wear about a 24. For some reason, some pattern companies change their numbering for plus sizes. So they'll have a size 20, followed by a 40 (for 40" bust). My main fit issue is the bust. I always do full bust adjustments.

I'll be posting soon about some in progress items and some finished dresses.


  1. Love both dresses that you've posted! I'm also very interested in vintage sewing, race, gender and sexual orientation issues, so I'm really looking forward to reading your blog!

  2. Hee, was just going to comment, but Vegan above has said just about word-for-word what I was going to say! Looking forward to reading more. Sarah x

  3. Yay! I'm glad I"m not the only one interested in all of those things. They make fashion more interesting for me.