Sarah and I made it to Boston yesterday, and after crazy weeks of getting ready for this trip I finally have time to catch up with you here. If you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that including large size ranges in my garment patterns is important to me.
One thing that’s always bothered me is that it’s great to find a pattern that includes your size but if you’re not close to the size of the model it can be hard to visualise how it’s actually going to look on you.
No matter what grading decisions the designer makes, the same pattern is always going to look different with different proportions. When I first thought of doing a book of garment patterns I knew immediately that I wanted to show everything on at least two different models, with different sizes and body shapes.
Last year at Tnna I happened to mention this plan and that I wanted to find a model who was actually plus size (as opposed to the modeling world’s idea of plus which is about a 38″ bust) to my friend Amanda who works for Lorna’s Laces and she immediately offered to model.
Amanda, as you’ve already seen, is absolutely gorgeous so of course I said yes. The fact that she lives so far away presented a few practical issues but I’m so glad we worked them out. I really hope that you agree that these designs look equally good on both of us and I hope it helps you envision how they’ll look on you.
It would be wonderful to show them in every size, but for that I’ll just have to wait for you to upload your projects to Ravelry. Once I get the book to you of course, which will be a little while longer – thank you for being patient! I’ll be back soon to show you a little more of what will be included and our adventures at Squam and Tnna.
If you’re near New Hampshire this weekend please do come see us at the Squam Art fair on Saturday night!
We have enjoyed seeing people's Joy mitts on Ravelry and Instagram and although the kits are nearly sold out now, it is a pattern that can be done in many different colours, depending on what flag/colour scheme you want to use.
We have made genderqueer, asexual, non-binary and pansexual flag charts.
Introducing the first in an ongoing series of guest posts. I'm honoured that we're beginning with this vital letter from Emi Ito.
Emi has been outspoken about the cultural appropriation of the kimono in fashion and has helped many makers and designers find a less hurtful approach to naming their patterns and products.