My mother taught me to sew my clothes because I was bigger then the average girl. Please note the word I used was bigger not taller. This is what I heard from family and friends " wow you are getting big" At the age of 11 or 12 big means fat not tall.
When looking at picture of myself at that young age when I was getting bigger it turns out I was quite slim. My Uncle called my lean bean, because I was long and lankey. He was the only one who go the measurment correct and described me in a way that I preferred to big.
Before going into High School I stood 5 feet 8 inches tall and when I graduated high schooL I grew another .75 inches taller. I tell people I am 5 foot 9 inches tall. I love being tall I am not a fan of being big.
My sister stands 5 foot4 inches tall and she remembers as she was growing being told she was big. I guess my family does not use pharses like " my how you have grown" and instead use phrases such as "Wow you are getting big!" I have two lovey nicees one who is tall and the other not. Actually it is funny that the younger is taller. The eldest child is the seamtress in training. She has to alter her clothing to fit her better and she loves sewing and creating fashion. She had a fashion show and she designed the clothing for her fashion show. She plans to have another fashion show.
What i find great about her doing this is that she just wants her friends to be apart of the fashion show she is not greatly concern with if and potential model is overweight or slim. To her she just wants the clothes to look beautiful on whomever wear them.
I hope this is the thought of future designers as they graduate high school and set out to make their mark on the fashion world.
It was just by chance that I happened upon this site. New York Univeristy Costume studies has a wonder virtual tour that I just wanted to share with anyone I hope you take a look at it.
There are some beautiful actress who are full figure and wear some outstanding fashions I hope the stores start to carry these clothes for those of us who cannot afford to spend 300.00 on a pair of jeans. In the meantime I will strive to make fashionable clothes for women who meet my description 5 foot 9 inces tall size 20 top ,size 22 pants.
Have a great day!