The last time that I talked to my grandpa on the phone he asked me “So are you staying slim?” So it’s no surprise that my wonderful mother, who had eight children, never seemed to be content with her body. I remember being in the dressing room with her on numerous occasions and her crying because she didn’t fit into something. For eighty percent of her adult life she has not been at her ideal weight and therefore has spent eighty percent of her adult life not buying the clothes she wanted to because she was waiting until she lost a few more pounds.
Since having my baby I am certainly “more curvy” than before. I look in the mirror and am sometimes surprised by what I see. I have a hard time knowing what is flattering on my new form and how to feel comfortable in my own skin.
Health is important and weight plays a big role in that. That being said, a healthy body image is just as important. I want my kids to know that I love my body and am thankful for it. I want them to feel confident in their own skin. I think their confidence will be greatly influenced by my confidence.
When cutting out my Archer shirt the other day I measured myself and looked at the measurements. I didn’t like the size that it told me to make. Part of me thought – I will just wait to use this beautiful fabric until I like the way I look more. But luckily for me I talked myself out of it. I think that I deserve to look great now, and sewing is a gift I have been given that allows me to dress my body, no matter what size I currently am.
So I am curious. How has sewing affected your body image?
Do you sew so that you can tailor your clothes to your current shape?
Does it bother you that the big 4 size their patterns so differently than ready to wear that you have to cut a size much larger than normal?
Or are you just awesome and don’t let that stuff bother you at all?