I am a Black American, who is 60 years old, and plus size. Personally I don't see any of these as negatives. They are just my life story. However, when mixed all together I'm basically invisible to the sewing advertisers, retailers and pattern companies. This is really interesting because right now I have the largest disposable income that I've ever had during my entire sewing career which has spanned the last 49 years of my life and very few companies target me.
So yet again I'm writing another post on my invisibility in the sewing world. *sigh* However, the ultimate post on sewing over 50 was written by Susan Young where she's listed out by pattern company, the representation of older sewists pictured either on the pattern envelope or website. The initial list was very brief. The revised list is better but its still not that great. Oh to be young, white and thin in the sewing world! Girl you've got it going on! Let's not add male sewists into the mix because they are probably the only group more discriminated against than fat, old, black women.
All this to say that I am participating in the #So50Visible challenge.
The list of patterns was even smaller as an older, plus size, sewist. I'm not including POC on that list because I just don't want do the legwork on it. However, here is where I need to give a huge shout out to Cashmerette Patterns. Jenny is definitely hitting all of the boxes and showing her patterns are wearable dispite your age, girth, or color. She's just happy to be providing patterns for sewists - any female sewist. Sorry guys!
I also need to note here that her patterns are available in paper and pdf patterns. I know there is a section of sewists out there who love pdf patterns. I am not one of them. So the fact that I'm given the choice without being made to feel bad for "not moving with the times" also earns Jenny high marks from me!
For the #So50Visible challenge, you can post a new or previously made garment. From Jenny's line I've made two versions of her Rivermont top. Here is the picture from Jenny's website ~
This is my first Rivermont Top made in November 2017 ~
I made my second Rivermont top in December 2019 ~
I also made the Rivermont Dress in November 2017 ~
While the dress is NOT my favorite, I do love both tops! And after looking at these pics, I realize I need to try that dress pattern again. Anyway, all of this is to say that patternmakers can be more inclusive in their advertising. You can show POC, older and plus size sewists on your website and pattern covers - look at Jenny's site, she does it easily and WELL! You just need to put in the effort. Step out of your comfort zone and represent the entire amazingly, wonderful, beautiful sewing community as it is.
...as always more later!