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  • Why your tights are too tight

    Published Jan 03 2020 in bamboo, design, ethical, fashion, fit, fit expert, Made in Canada, plus size fit expert, Proper fit

    Recently I broke my rule and purchased some footed tights that had been highly rated online. I was excited when they arrived, until I put them on. Even though they came in plus sizes and "were meant to fit women with hips and thighs", the cut of the pattern was all wrong. And I want to explain what I mean by that to you, so you can be informed.

    Way back when I was in college for design, my instructor explained to us how crotches work from a clothing pattern point of view. I've never forgotten what he taught us. We discussed how cheaper brands save costs and fabric by cutting crotches very shallow (arrow on the right). Then he taught us to draft a pattern for tights (or pants) that actually fit by building the required room for the crotch into the pattern (arrow on the left). For any woman who has hips, thighs or a stomach - yes, all of us - it's my mission to explain to you what to look for in a truly comfortable fit at the crotch.

     A comparison of legging pattern showing the crotch

    You know what I'm talking about: That nasty "squeeze your butt cheeks together" feeling because your tights are too tight. (Perhaps that's why they call them tights?)

    It's really quite elementary; our bodies have width, but also depth. Turn sideways to a mirror and visually determine the distance between your belly button and your back. To fit properly, a pattern must incorporate this distance in the crotch. 

    Diane Kennedy leggings and pants are cut to fit properly in the crotch

    So next time you're buying pants or tights, pay close attention to the crotch for the correct fit. If you're buying footed tights or pantyhose, look for brands that add an extra panel down the back to give more room. 

    Obviously, our leggings and pants have this room built in the crotch already, which is why we've always said: "They're cut to fit comfortably in the crotch and seat in every size" 

    We hope this has been informative and will help you choose the right garments.

    Wishing you all a much more comfortable crotch in the future ;)

     

  • Plus Size Labels; Who Needs Them?

    Published Oct 30 2019 in diane kennedy, fashion industry, plus size, plus size fit expert, Size

    We can spend our whole life avoiding labels, or living up to them and proving them wrong. When it comes to your clothing are they really that important? Many articles have been written about the use of the term "plus size". The feeling is that it is an outdated and marginalized term that tries to put larger women into a less exciting and frumpy box with dark colours and God forbid; horizontal stripes. The plus-size clothing industry has come such a long way and smart consumers expect the same quality and attention to fit and detail as anyone else. Why wouldn't we?

    Models wearing Diane Kennedy clothing

    Size Is Just a Number

    Both the models above are wearing the exact same size, but their bodies are different. Does it matter? What if we just forgot about that label. Let's concentrate on clothing companies that spend the time and effort making sure that what they make really fits properly and makes you feel fabulous. Plus is not a size but it's a definition of clothing sizes and that's really all it needs to be. In the clothing industry, garments are grouped into different sizing clusters like Missy, Petite, and Tall. Plus is just another range of numbers that literally corresponds to a group of sizes.

    "Fit, quality, comfort and feeling great in what you're wearing are way more important than the size on the label." ~ Diane Kennedy

    Designer Diane Kennedy's message is "Happiness is not size specific"
    The Illusion Tunic is coming back soon in colour Reign (above) and also Black and Teal

    Break The Rules!

    Fashion rules are made to be stretched and broken according to what rocks your world. Labels that we despise will always be around and one of the best things we can do is ignore them. It's best to not get hung up on the terminology. We aren't saying that a world where a size is just a number and a size 2 and a size 20 is marketed and sold exactly the same wouldn't be a wonderful dream. Until that happens the term "plus" can mean "more".

    Diane Kennedy models wearing the Jink Jumpsuit

    More Awesome! More Joy! More Love! More clothes, please!

    XOX Barb