How would you describe yourself? A copy cat? A sheep, blending into the herd, indistinct and dull?
Didn’t think so.
You’re an amazing, beautiful, smart woman who is above all else unique. You let your personality shine in everything you say and do. You’re not afraid to be yourself. You’re a mature, proud, experienced woman – with all the respect that demands.
So why are you wearing cookie-cutter, mass-made, nothing-unique-about-it clothing?
Consider the difference between handmade clothing for women and the mass produced other stuff. You’ll discover that everything from the design process to the manufacturing itself makes a world of difference.
Clothing design all starts with simple ideas. Shape. Flow. Feel. These are the essentials that designers think about before they’ve even begun to cut or sew anything.
But the truth is that handmade design requires a lot of work. For most clothing designers, it starts with hand drawn concepts. They’re adjusted and adapted, cut and pinned to fit the creator’s ideal.
From there, textiles and textures must be considered. Which fabric will be best? How will it feel on the skin? How will it move with the body? How will it fall and drape with the rest of the outfit?
This careful attention to detail is especially important in plus size clothing for women. A meticulous design approach means a true concern for women’s bodies, how the wearer will feel, and what can make a plus size woman uncomfortable or shapeless in her clothing.
Too many big name retailers are taking a cookie-cutter approach to plus size clothing. And it shows. They generically enlarge their standard sizes, multiplying the lengths and stitches without thinking about the unique needs of larger women, their natural shapes and their comfort.
Digital tools have revolutionized the clothing design industry, it’s true. They’ve sped up the process and have helped designers get their creative looks to customers faster. But sometimes that speed and automation leaves much to be desired as is often the case with mass-produced plus size clothing.
Your clothes shouldn’t just be something you wear. Every outfit is an expression of yourself, your personality, your joy. A clever designer knows that and puts care into all of their garments.
Feeling the textiles and creating unique fabrics is my ‘thing.’ I love each step, from choosing fabrics to formulating color dyes – and completing the entire crafting process.
You know you’ve found a unique garment when it uses a pattern or print that is impossible to duplicate. Tie-dye and batik are two great examples of this.
Hand-painted batik is an amazing, ancient art that never turns out exactly the same way twice. And true tie-dye works the same way. I love seeing how different tying techniques spread out the dyes differently, creating unexpected yet stunning patterns.
You don’t have to settle for plain, dull or look-alike styles. Choose handmade clothing for women that inspires you and makes you look as amazing as you feel.
Remember, beauty is unique and special, not homogenous or mundane. Create a wardrobe as one-of-a-kind as you are. That way, every outfit you wear will be an expression of your beautiful self.
Do you have any handmade clothing items that you love? Do you love tie-dye and batik? What are your favorite handmade styles?
My maternal Aunt who is 87 yo. sent me her design for summer tops that have coverage over the arms, yet are cool. Her design was in a drawing. I cut out some cheap fabric and began to take big stitches by hand…to get my measurements right and easily be able to remove stitches and make changes. The first one was used to get my proportions and measurements right. From now on, I’ve got it down and can whip up one quickly. She took her design as a hybrid between a swim suit cover up and a caftan, she said. She has made them for others and they get compliments all the time. Very cool!
It would be nice to see the drawing