[image above: from Dear Golden Vintage}
I’m in the market for some pretty new undies. So the other day, I turned to one of my favorite blogs on all things undergarments, The Lingerie Addict. As an aside, it’s a great place to look for independent designers and labels you might not be aware of, including lots of handmade stuff on Etsy.
But she also writes thoughtfully about body image. While there, I happened upon this guest post about learning to accept and love your body as it is. The author talks about finding pride in her small bust instead of covering it up with padded bras, and I couldn’t help but recall all of the similar moments I’ve had while sewing. This quote really summed it up for me:
“We seem to be socialized to believe the grass is always greener on the other side and if someone different than you is considered beautiful, that automatically means you are not. Garbage!”
One thing sewing teaches us is that there is a tremendous diversity in women’s bodies. It is that individuality that makes us beautiful, not our proximity to some imaginary, photoshopped-to-hell ideal. Sewing lets us express that individuality, not just in terms of style, but in terms of looking at what we are, dressing the body we have, and understanding its wonderful form and complexity.
I thought it would be amazing if we could all share stories of moments when sewing has helped us to accept our bodies as they are, to see the beauty in them, or to stop fearing them. Perhaps you can help another woman recognize that she has the ability to throw self-hatred out the window.
So I’d like to invite you to submit a story, and I will publish some of them as guest posts over time here on the blog.
Please make your stories as specific as possible. Here are some ideas:
- Was there a moment that you finally had to face your measurements instead of guessing at a dress size?
- Was there something you made that forced you to confront an insecurity?
- Has sewing helped you to dress the body you have rather than the body you wished you had?
I’d love to hear your stories. I may not be able to publish them all on the blog, but I’ll try to gather them together somewhere so we can all read them.
How to submit: Please email your story and a photograph of yourself (if at all possible, because it makes it much more personal) to sewingstories at colettepatterns.com.