Now, don't get me wrong here. I'm pretty body positive in general: at the end of the day, a number is a number is a number, and just that. But I'll admit--before that day ended I had a little bit of "sticker shock" when I learned I was a size 14. (PS, That's just one size behind that little hottie Miss Marilyn Monroe...eat your heart out!)
So, why didn't I catch this sooner? Well, I guess the First Dress, the Amy Butler pattern, has more modern sizing, whatever that means, so I was pretty much the same size as the clothes in my closet. Simplicity changed it up on me a bit, though. They very much follow the traditional sizing scheme.
Okay, so sticker shock is over, I finally got caught up to what my real pattern size is. We're done here, right? WRONG! I bought all my fabric based on my street clothes assumption. For both dresses. Unlike a good seamstress, I haven't memorized my measurements yet and have about a half a yard of fabric less than I'll need. Whoops!
****I realize body image, weight, and clothes sizes can be a really sensitive subject. I hope I didn't gloss over anything here that offends you and would be curious to hear your thoughts on this topic. While you're gathering those, though, I'm off to the dress shop to pick up a few more yards.