and wrote this post:
"Kathleen Fasanella, a pattern maker who I believe you've blogged about, has explained the complexities of plus-size designing and grading. It's true that most pattern makers use CAD programs, but grading is not a matter of just adding a couple of inches here and there in some mathematically predictable pattern. If that were true, you wouldn't need a TNT pattern."
Let me remind you that in my initial post I pointed out that Butterick has already graded three straight skirt patterns to a size 22 or 24. So I posed the question that if they could grade these three skirts to that size range, why was it so hard to add the details of the trendier skirts to the plus size skirts?
I also realize that grading patterns for plus size women is different than grading patterns for my skinnier sisters. Since I am fat, I totally understand that fat spreads and that it doesn't follow a set pattern for every body type. It is not necessary to "instruct" me on how my body works or how to fit a pattern for a plus size body since I live it daily...and make well-fitted garments for my plus size body.
Now do I sound annoyed...well yes, I am. It seems that ONLY when I publish my thoughts on patternmaking for plus size women, do the trolls (and yes, you are a troll if you leave a comment without putting your name to it!) come out. Seriously, these are MY thoughts...published on MY blog! I don't journey to anyone else's space and "lecture" them on how something works...probably because I just don't care about what you write in your space.
Also, I have NEVER blogged about Kathleen Fasanella...I blogged about an article called Plus Size Wars that was written by Gina Bellafante in The New York Times Magazine in July 2010 that she contributed to. I disagreed with some of the statements in the article. To refresh anonymous' memory here is a link to that post.
I guess I could quietly delete the comments...or I could moderate comments or I could even turn off anonymous comments yet again. But I'm not going that route this time...this time I'm telling you that if you can't own up to your words, don't visit...don't comment and don't lecture me about things I already know and understand. You won't be missed...because you don't matter!
I stand by my statements in my last post. Butterick has already made three skirts in sizes 22 & 24. Why is it so hard to add the details of the trendier skirts to similar skirts for plus size women? Look at the market you are missing. Look at the potential to serve an industry and be a leader in a segment of the population that is being underserved. Talk about growing market share...
Finally, if I can take a pattern, cut it and add seams, close a dart and get it to fit me...then surely this is something that a pattern company should be able to do. If it can't be done, than please could someone from one of the pattern companies acknowledge this fact instead of "anonymous"!