The dozen-ish of you who read my blog are wonderful. A few nights ago, I posted this rant about my frustration with trying to figure out what my fit issues are. I said I was giving up, but several of you posted comments encouraging me to continue, along with helpful advice. Gigi and Mary in FL gave me helpful tips on measuring. I did as instructed, putting pattern envelopes under each armpit to mark the start and end point and measured with a yardstick (I had been using a tape measure). Not surprisingly, I got a much different measurement. I previously got 15″, and this time it was 12″. WTH??? That puts me at a size 6. I don’t know what to think. I’ve made clothes in so many sizes and there doesn’t seem to be much difference to me, but I really doubt I’m a 6 on top.
I happen to still have a size 8 jacket I made many years ago that I did so well on I can’t bear to get rid of it. I tried it on again…. I could barely get into it… it’s too small everywhere. It won’t close anywhere, the arms are skintight, and of course, I can’t move my arms. I’m doubting I’m an 8, let alone a 6.
Some history: pre-child, I was 106 pounds, 5’4″, and a A cup on a good day. I sewed a size 8. Post-child, I’ve been averaging 140 pounds and a D cup (though until a year ago, thought I was a C cup). At first I went up to a 10, which seemed fine, then I remeasured and high bust put me at a 12, so I’ve been sewing that. The 12 seems fine, but woven tops and jackets do not fit at all. I actually stopped making jackets because I was tired of not being able to move and subsequently giving them away.
I know I have a couple fit issues: sloping shoulders and large biceps. FBA goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway for reference. I suspect there is some back issue as well, and maybe my shoulders are narrow. I also have the dreaded gaposis pretty often. I might have a rounded back too, because sometimes back necklines sit away from my actual neck. The issue with long sleeve woven tops and jackets is this: I can’t move my arms. At all. The arms are too tight in the bicep, the sleeve cap sticks up when I move my arms, and it’s tight across my back. I actually ripped out a sleeve at the armhole once just by moving my arms forward far enough.
And apparently I can measure myself worth a damn, either. I might have to ask a coworker or friend to do it, but who knows if they’d be any more accurate than me.
So, I’m getting more and more confused by the day.