As a woman with, to say the least, a non-standard shape, the idea of custom designing clothing to fit a woman’s body is near and dear to my heart.
With freakishly long legs, plenty of hips and bust, long arms, ginormous feet, and standing at about 6 feet tall since 9th grade, my first pair of pants that actually covered my ankles and fit properly at the waist were sewn by my own hands in high school. I even remember a woman stopping me in a store to ask me where I bought the pants because she couldn’t find pants that fit her own freakishly tall, long-legged daughter.
And while I like to peruse a Victoria’s Secret catalog now and then and think the models are lovely, there is no diet in the world that could shrink my bone structure down to a size 2 pair of low-rider jeans. Besides, who wants to spend all day tugging the waistband of ill-fitting jeans up over their behinds to make sure they are not flashing their undies to everyone sitting behind them?
We’ve been thinking a lot lately about body types and how to design for them. We did a bit of research, and we found lots and lots of content about what styles look best on which figures. For example, when to use shorter lengths versus longer lengths, where to place pattern stitches, and so on.
This is great information, and we love it, but what we crave is information on the mechanics of knitting for different body types. For example, how do we measure for and make darts to accommodate a fuller bust line? How do we incorporate increases and decreases to accommodate shaping AND add design elements to our knitting?
Hand-made knits are all about being custom made and custom tailored for your individual body in all of its glory. We’re going to take some time between our gardening ramblings, snow griping, and general Church Street reporting to talk about some of the best ways we’ve seen to tackle these issues, and hopefully get some great ideas and feedback from you, too!
Stay tuned . . .