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Adventures in RTW

February 24, 2012

Okay, so I’m thoroughly behind in my sewing. The time just hasn’t been there to sit in front of my machine for a few hours and churn out some good stuff. This meant that I needed to go clothes shopping to buy a simple black pencil skirt instead of whipping up another version of my favorite Vogue 7937.

So, yesterday between work and Brownies, I found myself in Smart Set scoping out their pencil skirts. Hitting the dressing room turned into a reminder of something I do my best to keep in mind whenever I shop.

Clothing can be poorly designed, proportioned and constructed. People cannot.

It can be so easy to feel bad about yourself when standing under the glaring lights of a change room noticing the ways an item of clothing pulls or gaps. It helps to remember that clothes are supposed to be designed to fit humans, humans are not to be designed and tailored to fit clothes.

I was able to get the skirt I needed but I was really hoping to buy another one instead. That one, however had an odd construction/fit issue.

It was a grey high waisted skirt with a narrow belt and in my usual size, it had lots of wiggle action going on. I loved the slight pin-up feel I was getting. I wanted to stand in doorways and ask people if they knew how to whistle:

…and then I turned around.

The back side of the skirt had an odd fabric bulge just before the middle seam split at the bottom of the skirt. I tugged and pulled at it and couldn’t get it to go away. Eventually I realized that while the fashion fabric had some lycra in it that helped with the wiggle look I was rockin’, the lining had no stretch so while the fashion fabric was perfectly capable of accommodating my curvy behind, the lining was pulling up from the bottom to do so.

Yes, I could have bought it anyway and taken it home to fix but I knew I wouldn’t have time for that, so I bought another skirt and have added high-waist wiggle skirt to my to sew list.