The grass is always greener or…
How I could make a career out of body dysmorphia.
Ok, ok, this isn’t truly about body dysmorphia or a body image disorder. I know I’m not making much sense here, so I will try to explain. You know how people with straight hair sometimes wish that they had curly hair and vice versa? I wonder if there are people out there with slim and non-curvy bodies wishing for a curvy figure. Because I know I have always wished for a slim, non-curvy body myself since adolescence. Even before Jack’s birth and when I was at my thinnest, I always had curves. But post-Jack and the subsequent weight gain (or rather lack of a weight-loss since his birth), my curves have really gained traction. I yearn to be able to wear the clothes that only a slim, non-curvy body can rock, like tunics, shift dresses, Asian inspired clothing. But someone with curves and a bust that looks like she’s still breastfeeding can’t really wear those clothes successfully. Remember my post about shift dresses from last year? The proofs of the pudding were the picture examples in that post.
The sewing patterns I’m most drawn to are always for the slim, non-curvy body type. I rarely like or am drawn to patterns that are appropriate for my body and d-cup girls. I have even sewn some of them up knowing they wouldn’t be the most flattering thing to wear – I loved them (and still do) that much. These for example:
1. My altered Burda top is extremely comfy to wear. I wear it at least once a week. Is it flattering? NO! But I love it.
2. New Look 6022 is also very comfy, but, as I pointed out in the shift post, it hangs from the D cups. Again, not very flattering. I still love it though. In fact, I made it twice I liked it that much. My original review here.
3. My beloved linen pants I made last year should also be included on the probably not the most flattering look list. But I want to make them again and I wear them all the time.
Contrary to the evidence above, I have made some flattering clothes appropriate for my body type though. I am not a complete idiot. One of my current faves is the Butterick 5454 wrap dress. I could wear these every day.
And let’s not forget the New Look 6067 dress with its defined waist and gorgeous fabric. I feel like a beautiful queen whenever I wear this dress. It truly is worth $3300.
So what about you? Do you pine away for clothes that aren’t a good match for your body type? Do you feel like you have a different body on the inside than what actually is showing on the outside? Is there a cure for this dysmorphia??? Please let me know!