So, in the midst of all the body positivity going on here this week, I've been keeping a dirty little secret: all of the body measurements I've been sewing from are more aspirational than accurate. Yep, I'm one of those women who sucks in and pulls the measuring tape as tight as humanly possible. I also have a near-pathological fear of my waist measurement being over 30 inches, so I've conveniently recorded it as 29-1/2 inches for the last year or so. Ha! I generally wear my clothes rather fitted, so it hasn't been too disastrous up to this point. But lately I've noticed my garments feeling a little tight, so I decided it was time to face the facts. Last night I took a set of new, REAL measurements. No sucking, no pulling, no 29-1/2 inches.
So, things were definitely bigger than my fakey measurements. Surprise, surprise. They put me up a full size larger than I'm used to cutting out in contemporary patterns. But it's okay. It's OKAY. (That's my new mantra.)
Besides wanting to get honest with myself, the other reason I decided to get new measurements now is that I want to test and fit a basic pencil skirt pattern that will hopefully become a TNT ("tried 'n' true") pattern. So, in the scary moments of looking at the measurements, I just reminded myself that these numbers were going to help me make one hot pencil skirt that would feel a million times better than one that pulls across the hips and cuts into my waist.
So this weekend (with my new machine!) I'll be making a muslin of the BurdaStyle Jenny skirt with my own honest-to-god measurements. And I'm excited!
Now, time for you all to 'fess up. I know I'm not the only one guilty of sucking in and pulling when I take my measurements! Perhaps some new measurements are in order for you too?
P.S. One thing that struck me while writing the beginning of this post: I know some feminist blogs try to avoid mentioning any specific body measurements at all, as it can be triggering to those who have dealt with eating disorders. I've chosen to be somewhat frank about my waist measurement here because I think as sewists we can't be so afraid of the numbers that we won't even say them. Perhaps it would be liberating for me to publish the lot of my measurements for the whole damn internet to see! But if you disagree with my tactic, please speak up in the comments.