One of the the reasons I’m excited to join the CSC is that I feel like they have accomplished what I tried (but never quite managed) to do with the Sewcialist blog: a group blog where anyone and everyone can write a post and share their knowledge. I know from that experience how much more work it is to maintain a group blog than a personal one, so I really admire how the CSC maintains a steady flow of good content and discussion!
I admit, though, that I’m not sure I think of myself as plus-sized. On one hand, yes, I’m slightly too large for some indie patterns… but on the other hand, my fitting challenges are minimal, and don’t necessarily represent the difficulty of much larger women sewing for themselves. A part of me felt like by accepting their offer of editorship, I might be taking a spot away from someone more deserving or representative of a different body type or demographic.
Here’s what changed my mind though, and why I think every sewist should read the Curvy Sewing Collective: We’re all made of curves. When I sew, I adjust for my bust, belly, and butt. I consider my rounded shoulders and knock-knees. There isn’t a single straight line in my body, and that’s what makes sewing for it so fun! And no matter what size you are, don’t you adjust for your curves as well?
In the brilliant words of Mary, from the “How We Talk About Size” page on the CSC, “We wanted to address the issues that come along with being a larger-than-average seamstress, without excluding anyone who might find support in this website. The Sewing Collective of Plus-Sized, Curvy Straight Sized, and Women Who Don’t Identify As a Size But Need FBAs is just a bit cumbersome, unfortunately. In the end, we kept it simple. Curvy covers the most women in the best way. It’s short, inoffensive, and doesn’t make us feel like ill-fated graduates from Camp Euphemism.”
If you haven’t looked at the Curvy Sewing Collective in a while, I hope I’ve convinced you that it’s worthwhile! Jenny did a post recently outlining some of the great resources, like forums, a Curvy blog roll, pattern reviews and tutorials.
And because it can’t be said often enough: You could write for the Curvy Sewing Collective! Send us an email with your idea, or fill in the Contributor Submission Form. We are always looking to diversify the voices that we share, and we’d love to hear from you!
Do you read the Curvy Sewing Collective? I know some of you have written for them, and I’m sure some of you have never heard of them before. Be honest! And help me decide: Should I periodically mention here what I’ve been writing over there, or would that be strange/annoying?