In class #1, Robin Hunter explained the "ideal" female body for the fashion industry has a standardized shape that is slim and rectangular, facilitating mass produced clothing. Yet she also cited the classic hourglass as our societal ideal.
In the face of these realities we spent the working portion of the class developing objective assessments of each student's figure, recording the factual details on personalized charts and in so doing our own ability to "see" the qualities of different figure attributes and types.
In Robin's blog post after the class, she expressed surprise at learning from us that...
Often what we think is (a woman's)...best attribute is the one that bothers (her) the most.So we've got...
- The fashion industry
- Our own view of ourselves and our judgement thereof
For this knitter, its got to be me!
So how fortunate for "me" to go from that to a class to one where I could begin to learn how to call the shots with my knitting.
In that second class designer Veronique Avery asserted nothing flatters more than good fit, favouring a clear understanding of that fourth point - "Reality" - the kind that comes from a measuring tape held by a good (and kind ;) ) friend.
Like Robin, Veronique cited how profitability dictates not only limited variety in the realm of ready to wear, but also "ready to knit" patterns. So our own "custom" knitting of patterns as written won't yield custom fitted garments unless we alter pattern schematics to our custom measurements before knitting a stitch.
Achieving that schematic using fairly simple math and a few equations then took up the majority of our time with her.
"But we can't even get people to swatch!" sighed one woman who works in a yarn store.
But then that is a knitter's choice. We can choose not to bother and just live with results. We can even choose not to knit ourselves garments at all.
My knitting, however, is funded by my clothing budget. My knits need to perform in my wardrobe so I need and want and plan to work towards good fit which is why I chose to take the classes I did and why I was so happy with them. I learned a lot about how to achieve my goals. I hope now going forward to enjoy less "crowded" fitting rooms when I shop and sufficient patience to customize my patterns before I cast on when I knit!
Thank you Robin and Veronique for your help with this!
And thank you for dropping by!