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Verena Plus Size story

Ah, Verena. While I quite enjoy Verena’s online store and I really do appreciate being able to purchase the pattern portions of the magazine as a PDF, as a currently size 16/XL woman, sometimes their whole “fashion sized” schtick gets very tiring.

They have some lovely patterns, but they have always seemed to have a very parochial viewpoint towards sizing. I nearly laughed my head off reading this week’s newletter from Margery Winter, which contained this comment: “While many of our model garments are knit to fit a fashion model whose (sic) 5′ 11″ tall with body measurements of 35, 25, 35, we are aware that it’s not a reality for most of us these days.”

Yes, once upon a time, that was not too atypical of women in terms of the measurements, but usually they weren’t 5’11″ — the average height used to be about 5’2″! (And, btw, where was the editor who allowed that sentence out in public?)

Maybe I’m being too harsh. I’m not sure what the editorial stance is on grading; perhaps it’s not so much a parochial viewpoint as perhaps they don’t have the budget to pay to have a pattern graded. There’ve been times when I’ve thought, what a lovely pattern, only to take a look at the thing and discover the pattern comes only in one size (I suspect to fit their model garment), which looks less like an actual wish to not accommodate plus sizes and more like people who have run out of money. (This jacket, Daiquiri, comes in only XS, S, and M, for instance. Yet it’s an almost perfect plus size design.)

If I really really like a pattern, sure, I’ll do the grading and mods myself, but often I just don’t have the time. Faster to pick another pattern in the correct size and only have to do a few mods here and there for perfect fit.

On the other hand, I don’t want to discourage Verena’s historically recent willingness to throw in some designs for plus sizes. So, plus size ladies, do take a look at Verena’s new plus size flip book from this issue of Verena. There are some really lovely patterns (as well as a couple duds, mind you, at least to my mind), so worth a peek.

The model is very pretty, being a Frenchwoman named Cielle who now lives in Miami. She is, of course, 5’11″!

Hmmm. I may go ahead and grade Daiquiri up to my size, or perhaps I’ll wait to knit it when I’m a size 12 again…it really looks like a very useful piece!

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