I agree totally about the CC line being dowdy. I've met Connie when she's come to St Louis to have her teaching seminars and she *can* be an overwhelming presence, but she's passionate about what she does.It seems to me that the CC line, along with a lot of the indie's (which is why I really don't like most of the Indies) that design for plus size think that large squares of fabric put together like Omar would constitutes Stylish fashions for the plus segment of the population. It's a design aesthetic that needs to change. I think the root of the problem lies in the concept of what Plus Size sewists Want in fashion. Meanwhile, I'll add that when one company produces the same product under different brands, they aren't trying for your $ under each brand, they're trying to capture your market segment in one of the brands, while maybe offering just a smidge in the crossover brands. At issue here is that you (and a host of other sewists) have the design aesthetic of One Brand while they're offering your particular product under another. I'd write again.In fact, I'll write too. Can you email me the contact information that you received in your letter back? Thanks
I was going to write a response in the "Comments Section" but decided that everyone doesn't read comments so here goes:
I will fully admit that I am a fashionista in a plus size body. I will also admit that I am willing to try different things because I am not ashamed of my body - ain't on a diet, ain't trying to lose weight through exercise, etc. I like who I am and how I look...I definitely subscribe to the Mo'Nique school of thinking. That said it does make my attitude a little different from most plus size women and even though I am not trying to emphasize the "slight" rolls of fat that have accumulated over the years, I am not ashamed of them either!
So I want to dress my body in the latest styles and not muu-muu tents! Everyone can't be a size 2. God, wouldn't the world be boring if we all were! And also everyone doesn't think fashion is important. Some people do actually clothe themselves so that they don't frighten the world when they appear outside or they don't want to break the law! But I like fashion! I like nice accessories. I spend a considerable amount of time making these outfits, looking for nice fabrics and patterns ~ I enjoy this! So then why am I being ignored by the home sewing industry? Why am I told to go and attempt to get a designer gear outfit from this:
When I was looking at Style.com and the Parisian fashion shows last night, saw that on every runway! NOT! And you can't tell me that the CAD designing programs that they use to grade patterns can't be set up to grade past a size 18 or 20!!!! The home sewing industry is telling me that I don't count to them! At least that's my take on it. I may be a FAT girl but I am one wonderously made, fabulous and beautiful one.
Why can't I make a slim jumper from a great piece of faux leather, leather or suede for fall? Why can't I make a strapless jumper to wear over a great white shirt? Hey, I already own the white shirt! But most importantly, why can't the home sewing industry realize that to attract younger sewers they need to also concentrate on the heavy set young women who will try to emulate their skinny sisters and believe they can do so through making it at home? Well McCall's just ain't helping them out!
Yeah, I am full out ranting this morning because I just don't get it! Women were made to have curves and breasts and hips - not to look like boards! Those poor women in the fashion shows look like they need to come to my house and have several good home cooked meals! Why do we stand for this?! Why do we allow ourselves to be tricked into thinking that if we don't look a certain way we aren't good enough!? My response ~ if God wanted me to look that way he wouldn't made me this way! And he wouldn't made such great food or Spanx or the ability to grade a pattern up past a size 18!!!!!
Maybe the answer is to continue to use my TNT patterns and redesign them to make what I want! And send my precious sewing dollars to the fabric stores and online fabric shops...'cause I don't see EOS or Fabric Mart or FashionFabricsClub or Nancy's Notions telling me they don't want my money!
Rant over ~ I am off to sew...using one of those TNT patterns to get me some designer gear!
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