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Sewing: the Mabel skirt by Colette Patterns

The Mabel skirt was one of a trio of knitwear designs released by Colette Patterns, designed by Alyson Clair, back in 2014. Alyson had been on my radar for a couple of years because of her knitwear design Clair Vintage Inspired, a Portland based line of lovely dresses with vintage shaping and design details, so I was really excited to hear about their collaboration.
I sewed this skirt as a tester for CP, back in the day when that was my jam and they were interested in my testing-- and while I love the design of the skirt itself, I knew it wasn't going to flatter my body shape. I believe in body positivity as a concept/practice and try to get behind it, but I've long loathed my big thighs and the fact that I carry so much weight in my upper/outer thighs specifically. You know the phrase "saddlebags," right? Well I learned that phrase as a descriptor for my body shape when I was mere 14 year old, and have had it whispering in my mind since then. As much as I want to ro…

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