Could sewing our own clothes help us to accept the body we’re inhabiting right now?
Having spent a week on retreat last week, squeezed into now snug yoga gear, I’m feeling pretty body aware.
I personally think everybody looks great whatever size they are, BUT!! how an individual feels about their size makes a massive difference to their confidence. Being a professional seamstress with years of fit experience has made me very body aware, and body accepting. I can make clothes that fit me well whatever size I am, provided I accept that my body changes.
Whilst I know everyone looks fabulous in clothes that FIT them, ie clothes for each individual, this isn’t always how my students, or other sewers feel. Fitting means looking at yourself in the mirror, which is tough when you don’t like the skin you’re currently in.
So, do you feel empowered by sewing clothes you love, regardless of what shape you are now, or does it make you feel worse?
I’d love to hear how if sewing has raised or indeed lowered your self esteem.
Happy stitching cl :)
PS- I wrote about sewing for a changing body in Love sewing magazine issue 72 if you’re interested in some tips on sewing for body confidence.
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