Also, after seeing many a photo of me from years past, I've gotten to the point where I'm tired of beating myself up and being hypercritical of how I look. Every time I look back I think, "wow... I was so cute! Why didn't I appreciate what I had?" And after asking myself that for years, I've finally decided that the time to appreciate must be now.
Fitting my current body for patrerns I want to sew goes hand in hand with my new mindset and photographing myself to properly assess fit. For I've stopped many a project because I wouldn't look good enough nor looked like the model. For heavens sake! How silly I've been. The joys I've cut myself off of. The time is now.
I very much need some good quality wardrobe basics. I've gained weight as I was forced to stop all activity following a rock climbing injury. Hips and all the muscles/ligaments are extremely important to core functions like walking, driving, and sitting. Now that I'm finally on the mend 3 years and multiple re-injuries later, I'm carefully returning my body back to its optimal state of fitness. It feels great and I want to look great every step of the way.
I am starting my new wardrobe with The Perfect T-Shirt by Pamela's patterns. Because our closets are filled with many examples of fit from the Ready To Wear shirts we buy, I decided to go through my own closet and photograph how my favorites, or what I thought were my best looks/fit. Boy was this eye opening!
Slap me silly and shut my mouth. I had no idea some of these tops were so ill fitting. And here's me running around thinking I look great. Well, even if in a bad fit, I'm going to continue to find ways to feel good about myself because I start with my thoughts to work toward and tell the universe I want to look & feel good. But I will start to modify my wardrobe & tweak my sewing patterns so I can make great fitting & flattering clothes to show off my body.
What these photographs tell me:
- I need a bust dart
- I need more room in the hip
- I need to incorporate the swayback adjustment
- I prefer a fitted back because I'm so curvy & my bum is round. So I'll have or add a center back seam instead of cutting the back on the fold
- Even my RTW favs have fitting issues so I can't compare one to my pattern, add its shaping, cut a duplicate & expect it to fit. I'll likely need to make & tweak several.