Friday, May 28, 2010
"Like ANTS Crawling on Your SKIN": Clothing Pet Peeves
I truly hate to be judgmental of what others are wearing because it really just breeds more negative thoughts. And I certainly have my days when I'm not feeling or looking my best. But seriously, what else am I going to do on my commute other than nit-pick everyone's outfits? And there are so many ill-fitting and poorly chosen clothes everywhere! It makes sense that as we become more proficient fitters and sewers, we'll become more observant of the garments all around us. (Unfortunately, we might also become more annoying, petty people in the process!)
Just yesterday morning, on the subway into work, I saw: 1) a woman wearing a button-down that was so small it was gaping apart about an inch between the buttons, 2) a lady shuffling along in a dumpy blazer about three sizes too big, and 3) a girl in a black sequined miniskirt paired with a sheer blouse and cruddy flip flops - before nine in the morning! (Hmm, perhaps that was her outfit from the night before?)
Of all these things, I think the button-down was most like ANTS crawling on my SKIN. Don't we all know how uncomfortable it is to wear something that's gaping apart at the buttons? And for busty women, it's near impossible to find a good fit in a button-down. I think it's good to take these critical thoughts and turn them into a positive: how can these observations help me improve the fit and construction of the garments I sew? Note to self: Button down blouses need ease! A muslin is a good idea. And probably an FBA if you're over a B cup.
Okay, how about you? What fit and construction issues are like ANTS crawling on your SKIN? How do your pet peeves make you a better fitter and seamstress?
[Image above from Forbes]