Growing up wearing clothes designed for the chubby girl was so heart wrenching.  It was difficult to find clothes that didn’t make me look matronly.  I loved school, but I despised shopping for new school clothes each year.  My mother would take my sister and I clothes shopping together (who was by the way, THIN).  While trying on my chubbie size and her 6X (for thin little girls) in the same dressing room, I  was reminded of the comparison.  Of course, I didn’t resent my sister, I envied her.

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I’ve kept these feelings hidden throughout the years, until now…

The NYU Costume Studies M.A. Program proudly presents their annual exhibition, Beyond Measure: – Fashion and the Plus Size* Woman, beginning January 13-February 3, 2016.  “The fashion industry as played an undeniable role in enabling the stigmatization of larger women’s bodies.”

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4088 Chubbie Pattern, Printed 1961 Simplicity Pattern Company, Inc., (founded 1927)

You’ll notice the model was not a “chubbie” girl.  Though the merger between academia and the museum is interesting, will this have a “real” effect on our overall culture?








Author: knitorious

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9 thoughts on “Chubbie”

  1. Check out this website for knitting standards Also, take a look at The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. Always check your gauge to guarantee a good fit. I always look at the schematic of the pattern as I knit. I compare my bust, length and sleeve length to the pattern schematic too. I hope this info. gives you something to start your adventure. Mary Lou

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  2. This exhibit looks wonderful and the discussion about depictions of women needs to be had over and over again. When I see so-called plus-size models I am always shocked at how thin they seem, like the girls on the Simplicity pattern sleeve!


  3. I kind of guessed they were using some sort of sizing standards… But I also assumed that these designers were just designing garnments that would suit their own bodyshape, so it looks gorgeous on them… So how you know how to tweak a pattern to your own measurements then? I assumed I had to find a designer with the same bodyshape as me 🙂


  4. You do know the industry has what’s called “industry standards.” Those measurements are what knitting/garments patterns designers adhere to. I realize the importance of those standards because they give us all a jumping off point to individualize are own patters. I must admit though, when I hear “industry standards” the hair on the back of my neck stands straight up. Mary Lou

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  5. Yes, we are both beautiful. Growing up definitely put it all it to perspective. Difference is what makes life interesting. XO Mary Lou


  6. Mary Lou, what a great exhibition!! I would love to visit that. I wish we would celebrate more all the wonderful form and shapes women (and girls) come.
    I am a generous 6feet+ not your every day girl either but it always makes me sad if women cannot enjoy their appearance or find beautiful clothes to make them happy. I think, both you and your sister were beautiful and I have no doubt you still are! xo Johanna


  7. Even today when I look at knitting patterns online, I sometimes find myself buying patterns designed by petite thin women… With the subconscious hope that I ll look like them. Then I spend all these weeks knitting to find out that it just isn’t the right shape for me at all…. 😦 it’s hard to find the right flattering shape 😦


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