I found this great blog today and had to share it :D
Refashionista is an amazing seamstress who refashions awful thrift-store finds into new clothes and some of these results are so amazing?? Check her out! :D
Let’s get this straight — someone on tumblr found this girl’s website, liked what she did, chose a few pictures (out of the many outfits) she posted and recommended people check it out. And because some of the clothes were plus-sized in the photos that the OP chose, the angry, flaily hands of tumblr has decided that refashionista is LITERALLY stealing from poor fat people, mocking all fat people and basically is ALL THAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD.
Oh tumblr, you’re so precious in your predictability. Did anyone bother to go to her site? Read her bio and explanation about how she doesn’t have a lot of money so she decided to start redesigning her own clothes from clothes she could afford from the thrift store? See the actual descriptions on the photos that so many have called MOCKING AND SMUG?
Blue Robe — “I hide my emotions beneath a mask of goofy faces. The embroidery around the neck is lovely, and that dark blue looks awesome with my pale skin and dark hair. There’s soooo much potential here! Also, let’s all take a moment to appreciate how flippin’ comfy this thing is and how easily I could have chosen to not refashion it and just wear it around the house.”
The Black Dress — “What the what?!? I look like I just stepped out of a Dynasty rerun!”
Green Dress in which she’s stretching over her head, as a reference to a photo with a dress she likes — “The cold makes me sleeepy!”
Green Dress w/Velvet patches — “I dug the dress, but just couldn’t come up with a good way to save the jacket part”
OH THE HEARTLESS MOCKERY AND FAT-SHAMING!
And how about those poses! Whereas one could look at said photos and see that she was showing what the original garment looked like, and what the fabric was like and how much there was to work with, it’s SO MUCH MORE LOGICAL that she took each one JUST TO MOCK FAT PEOPLE.
Oh hey! Here’s a jumper that was too small for her, and another! — what attack should we take here?
I feel bad for her — she didn’t make this post on tumblr but she’s being treated like troll who is violently attacking anyone larger than a size 2. I’ve read so many vitriolic posts on this and none of them have swayed me to believe that this woman is the devil incarnate. Dig her sewing, don’t dig her sewing — I don’t care. I don’t love it all, but i think she has some good ideas and I like that she takes detailed pics of her progress. And I, GASP, A FAT GIRL, want to try some of them.
But no matter how you feel about her final results, one woman who occasionally buys a garment that is a big on her is not THIS HUGE PROBLEM THAT IS ALL THAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD.
I’ve spent a bit of time now perusing her blog, and here are some facts:
1. Jillian, the lady with the blog, is probably a size
four two (I found a post where she repurposed a size zero skirt that was too small, and one where she was swimming in a size eight). While the pictures here highlight dramatic transformations, most of the stuff she refashions is around her size, maybe a few sizes bigger, sometimes smaller, all straight-sized clothes. Yes, she took a few plus-sized garments, but even the pictures above on this post are mostly stuff that’s straight-sized, because she’s thin. At most, four of those items are plus-sized. Maybe.
2. She is or was poor. Most/many of the items she buys are Goodwill dollar per pound items, which means they’re one step away from trashed. Many of the items she buys have holes or weird stains or are otherwise unlikely to be useful to people as-is. Some things, like pit stains, are never going to come out, so she chops the arm holes off.
3. Thrift stores rely on turnover. I don’t do a lot of it now, but I used to shop thrift stores regularly. I would see the same items there again and again. Look, you can leave stuff there with the hopes that someone more deserving (by whatever metric you want) picks them up, but the people that work there would love to bring out the stuff from the back. Turnover of stock=more reason for shoppers to come in= more for the workers to do=more money for the charity.
There’s no perfect solution out there. Jillian feels passionately about reducing fashion waste, and in the process has offended people by buying a few plus-sized garments. It’s possible a plus-sized lady would’ve purchased all of the above, and rocked those dresses hard, but it’s also possible they might have gotten trashed, or purchased and left in a closet for six years, or gotten damaged in-store.
I also hope there’s a plus-size revolution one day, with amazing outfits for all! In the meantime, I think it would help to stop focusing on tiny potatoes and start focusing on the real enemy: the fashion world, which has created a lack of accessibility and availability of beautiful, flattering fashion for all sizes