Super Chunk

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April 27th, 2006 · No Comments

That was supposed to be “yowza.” Whatever.

Here’s the deal: I don’t (usually) think of myself as “fat.” I am overweight and not entirely healthy. I have curves, a lot of them, and I don’t always like them all (a couple in particular on my thighs I could just do without … we all know that story). But generally I have a pretty good self-image, I know that who I am is not tied to what I look like, and I want to lose weight primarily because I know I could be healthier and feel better and live longer. The secondary reason is that it’s hard to find clothes that fit. Recently I’ve been looking for a pattern to knit a cardigan — I have a specific thing in mind — and I’ve found that most patterns stop about 4″ before my bust size. Not so good, for someone who isn’t confident about pattern drafting. I can do the math to make the pieces bigger, but there’s no guarantee it wouldn’t hang like a cardboard box from my shoulders.

Today I found Big Girl Knits, which incorporates not only PATTERNS for curvy and plus-size people (patterns designed to accentuate the figure that I actually do have!), but ways to modify existing patterns by adding short-row darts and other shaping. For that, I might just buy the book outright. Because the other part of the deal is that even if I manage to lose 30 pounds (at which point I would weigh what I did as a senior in high school — not the goal, just a statement), I will still be curvy. I will still have broad shoulders and short arms and legs and a butt (one of the curves I do like). All that shaping stuff will be of use, no matter what size I actually am. And if I can understand it at the micro level of creating fabric, there is nothing nothing nothing to stop me from sewing up a gorgeous pair of pants that fits.

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