Keep Your Nose Out of Other People's Clothes
Jacqueline Cieslak, knitwear designer and size inclusivity activist, once said in an interview, “I don’t like the word flattering. The word flattering is often...in the fashion industry, code for making yourself look thinner – which is not something I wanna do in my designs” (Youtube). She then tells the interviewer (Kristy Glass) that one of the key parts to being someone who is size inclusive, “is recognizing that the assumptions we have about how body size and health are connected, are totally wrong…[and] we have to realize...that health is not a moral imperative…you are not morally obligated to be a healthy person” (Youtube).
Cieslak explains how we can avoid the stigma surrounding sizing when we are creating our own garments because when we measure our bodies it becomes a different experience, as we don’t have the number of inches set in our minds of what we think we should be. When we can’t fit into a number that we have predetermine is "ideal" for us when trying clothes on in stores, it negatively impacts our mental health and the way we perceive ourselves. The progress of painfully slow fashion, and in the nature of how it’s made, can enact the feeling of self-care. Every last detail of the garment is in your hands, and the size, shape, and fit depends on your choice and what makes you feel comfortable, or sexy!
Size inclusivity within patterns is a necessity, as the fiber arts is not a hobby only reserved for people of a certain body size or type but needs to be accessible for everyone. Below I have listed some size inclusive pattern designers on Ravelry, and while doing research for this blog, I came to realize that some of our favorite designers are size inclusive, which is great - but, it is not enough to just stop at a handful of popular designers. If you see that I left out someone on this list that you think should be here, comment down below!
Links to some size inclusive pattern designers on Ravelry:
Jacqueline Cieslak : https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/jacqueline-cieslak-designs
TinCanKnits : https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/tin-can-knits-2
Andrea Mowry : https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/drea-renee-knits
Jessie Maed Designs: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/jessie-maed-designs
Ysolda Teague: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/jessie-maed-designs
Jennifer Steingass: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knitlovewool
Tanis Lavallee : https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/tanis-fiber-arts
Link to Interview with Jaqueline Cieslak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB8cajSYLS4
Art on the left by Rachele Cateyes http://rachelecateyes.weebly.com/about.html
Photo of Jacqueline Cieslak on the right https://jacquelinecieslak.com/story