Monday, December 04, 2006

Hemming & Hawing

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman

I've been thinking about what it is I love to do. While my current job and past history of non-profit employment both touch on my passion of helping people, I feel I have not yet entirely explored what it is I am meant to do. Sure, I enjoy my work but there is also a creative side to me that just isn't being tapped into. And lately she's screaming to get out.

Yesterday I gathered some of my girlfriends and we checked out Urban Craft Uprising. Tables of crafty goodness lined the hall with handmade purses, jewelry, aprons, shirts, hats, scarves, letterpress cards, etc. I stopped off at one booth where a woman was selling skirts. I'm taking a sewing clas next month and one of the things I am most eager to make is a skirt. I mentioned this to her and she said something like, "All my patterns are patented." Um, I hope you are joking. It's a fucking skirt chica. I don't want to copy you. Get over yourself.

Besides that weird territorial comment, I noticed that her skirts were all for skinny people. Odd since she was about a size 12/14 herself. I don't get that. There are plenty of chubby girls who would be thrilled to buy one of her handmade skirts and yet, she had none in our sizes. And she was practically one of us!

I just can't shake this feeling that it is time for a chubby girl revolution. We want cute clothes damn it! I suppose it is up to me to start this new movement. Having access to cute, hip clothes in larger sizes would do wonders for chubby girl self-esteem. But first, I have to learn how to make a skirt so just hold up. Revolution forthcoming.

13 comments:

hotpinksox said...

If you are thinking about being crafty, check out http://www.craftmafia.com/main.html. You'll love it.

And I'll totally buy a fluffy girl skirt. Sign me up!

Margaret said...

A plan and a dream! That's all you need. How hard could it be to make a skirt.

Melissa said...

Put me down for one in black and one in any other color you come up with.

I bought a sewing machine a couple of months ago because "I'm going to learn to sew!" and it's still in the box.

Yeah, it's like that.

BullysE said...

I saw this really cute one at Goodwill the other day--like new, a soft brown or burgundy wool,in kind of a wraparound style, with a tiny bit of fringe on the edge. Super cute, with a sweater, and some boots!I picked it up, and....it was a size 8. All the sweet woolen jackets/skirts, they are always a 6 or an 8.(that's prolly why they are there! Their owner is really a 12 or 14 now! hah!)
I thought to myself, I sure would like a nice skirt like this. A tiny bit dated maybe, it had more a Scots-air to it that was also timeless. ah well. Another boat missed.

My mom used to sew alot, and she said if you know how to, making skirts are easy. Go for it! Those who can, should!:-)

gorillabuns said...

a big shout out for learning how to sew. i've been teaching myself lately and well, while it's been slow going, the time spent is completely worth it.

here! here! in trying to find cuter clothes for large and in charge women. i'm totally sick of the selection out there right now!

jenny said...

yay! i will join this revolution you speak of. and i don't think you will need to put it off for long! i sew, and yes, skirts are really easy! much more so than pants or tops.

Alison said...

Sign me up! I mean, sell me a skirt!

This afternoon I was in The Limited looking at their dress pants, since I need a pair for Christmas (my favorite black skirt is too small now, and I gave my dress pants -- purchased in 1993 -- away when I left France). The largest size they had was a 12, and it was a tad small. As in, I couldn't button the damn pants.

And I saw this great pair at OldNavy.com, but they didn't have them in the store. Boo.

So yeah. I'm with you.

Nicky said...

I want them, too. I like the hipster clothes, but they bulge in the wrong places. Everyone isn't a beanpole. Your customer list is growing....

justrun said...

Ohh, I'm thinking I'll need one of your made-to-order skirts for Spring! :)

alissa said...

I'd buy one of your skirts! You have the urge to create, I love it.

Becky said...

Those stores/booths are all over here, aren't they? I just walk by and I'm like "no point in going in; their stuff's for skinny people."

Jenny said...

wooooohooooo!!!
get to it missy! :)

faith said...

Good for you! Hipsters living on coffee and cigarettes don't have the funds to buy that stuff at the prices they had at the "uprising". bella designs had super cute jackets all the way up to a size 20....they would look great with some hand made sizzle skirts!