…or in other words, I don’t have any photos of what I’ve been working on.
Point A) I believe that the introduction and wide-spread adoption of ready-made, standardized-fit clothing has altered our attitudes towards clothing. We now feel the need to change our bodies to fit our clothes rather than change our clothes to fit our bodies. Obviously, this isn’t a revolutionary thought. For example there’s that touted anecdotal statistic that’s been flying around for years about how many women say they want to have plastic surgery so their clothes will fit better. It’s possibly not true but still… I think there’s a point to that anecdote.
Point B) I notice how well or poorly people's clothes fit. I notice it at the grocery store. I notice it at work. I notice it when I'm watching TV. Good fit. Poor fit… mostly poor fit. You do that too, right? I'm guessing many of you do. I think those of us who spend a significant part of our sewing time trying to achieve good fit start to notice when others' clothes don’t fit. Even if it's on TV or in the movies or whatnot.
I’ve been mulling over point A and point B for a long time. Many of you have been too. Here's what I've noticed: when my clothes are custom fit and fit well (as opposed to the many many examples of custom fit clothing that I own which do not fit well), someone invariably comments on how "good" I look. Trust me. I don't look good. But I do look like my clothes fit. And I always assumed that I look “good” because my well-fitting clothes are flattering in some way.
But here's the thing: are we in fact just unconsciously assuming that a person in well-fitting clothes must look good because they fit their clothes?
What I mean is, ready-to-wear clothes are not designed to fit my body. They're just not. They are designed to fit someone who has the "ideal" body. So if we see a person in clothes that fit them properly, are we subconsciously assuming for a moment that they must have an ideal body to be able to fit into those clothes in the first place? Obviously that assumption won’t last past an actual assessment of the person’s figure, but as a first impression…?
Thesis: Are we conditioned through the almost exclusive purchase of ready-to-wear clothing to assume that if a person’s clothes fit, they must have the “ideal” figure to fit into them?
Maybe we do. Maybe we don't. I don't know.