Every once in a while, one of my SIL will send me one of those "get to know me" emails. You know - the kind that asks you about 20 questions about yourself and then you send it to everybody in your address book? One time, Tori sent me one that asked who would be the least likely to respond. Her answer - Amy.
What's that got to do with fit? Last week I received one that asked, "What is the first thing you notice about a person?" I'm going to extremely shallow and tell you that clothes are the first thing I notice. Why? I think it has so much to do with all of the sewing I do. Lately though, I've also started noticing the fit of that persons garment. The wrinkles, the pulls and drags of the fabric as it drapes their body. It wasn't until I joined PatternReview and started reading all of these sewing blogs that I realized how important fitting can be.
The way a garment is fitted to a person REALLY affects the way a person looks and at least in my case, the I feel.
I've noticed that if a skirt is too tight in the hips, I feel like a sausage squeezed into its casing. Conversely, if what I am wearing is too loose, it's like I'm swimming in an ocean of fabric. Either way, I end up being self-conscience about myself.
I'm not sure how many other sewers out there in blogland have experienced the same thing. What I do know is that my fitting skills have definitely improved and my perception of what type of clothing works on me is completely different that before.