“They cover the important bits.”
“I have nothing else to wear.”
I pull items out of my closet that I don’t like or makes me feel uncomfortable. I have several items that do anything but flatter my physique. I have items that don’t sit right on my wide shoulders or the cut lays awkwardly in a bunch around the hip area. Worse? I wear these garments once a week.
Anyone in the same boat? Do you find yourself wearing something you don’t feel stellar in? Something that actually erodes your self-esteem?
I always chalked it up to the misconception that I was just awkward. Too tall. Too big in the hips area. I was okay with clothes not fitting well because . . . well, they weren’t made for me. It was a fact of life. It is a problem everyone woman suffers through. We purchase the clothes that come the closest to fitting us.
Or so I thought.
I recently took a class at the Arts Building in Lower Gibsons (Sunshine Coast) taught by Sandy Buck, a creative and wildly talented woman with over a decade of experience making costumes out of nothing for film and theatre. Her class centered around the idea that we can make stuff that we WANT TO WEAR with just a few snips here and a bit of stitching there. We can change our closets to better suit us, our lifestyles . . . wait for it . . . and our bodies.
Hmmm. Sounds easy.
I have to admit that I packed a healthy dose of clothing deconstruction fears along with my sewing basket for the three hour class. Destroying a perfectly good top or pair of pants bothered me. (Read: FREAKED ME OUT!) Perhaps it was the thought that I couldn’t make something out of the cut scraps. That I ruined something perfectly good for nothing.
It wasn’t until I stood scissors in one hand and a shimmery orange shirt in the other that I realized my fear of deconstructing clothes was a bit ridiculous. The garment wasn’t “perfectly good.” In fact, it drained confidence out of my step when I caught a glance at my reflected image in a window or mirror. I liked the shimmer. I hated how it made me feel.
With every snip, I felt like I was taking something back. Something that was mine to own. I was empowering myself. I was going to win the battle of the closet. My clothes were not going to drain my confidence. Self worth. Not anymore.
Within a few moments, I had deconstructed the shirt. And it felt amazing.
Over the next couple of hours, I created a few custom additions for a shirt. The white and orange top tended to gather around the hips area. Plus, it had a habit of displaying my biceps in a not-so-flattering way.
The best three hour class ever.
The lesson learned here is that if something isn’t working, it is within your power to change it. A few snips here. A few stitches here. You have the choice to empower yourself . . .
Check out the Arts Building.org for other creative classes on the Sunshine Coast!