Tag Archives: body image

Inspiration: Body Shape

21 Sep
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Look at them! Aren’t they wonderful?!

We are always more self critical, but remember that what you may dislike about yourself, others may view as incredible! Love yourself and know that we don’t go for any body shaming here at Yellow Bunting.

Until next time,

Daisy

Body Shapes

19 Aug

I have not written much in a while, but this intrigued me on a slightly personal level, so here we go. While I was browsing the web I stumbled onto this online article on the topic of the ever stale area of women, our bodies, our weight and fashion: “Can sewing change your body image?”

So by the power of sewing we can love our bodies? – As a knitter, I think this lady might be onto something. Karen Ball who writes for the Guardian, goes on to talk about her body issues as a teenager shopping in Dorothy Perkins, and how by creating her own clothes she was able to become confident and comfortable.

“When did you first start judging yourself by your dress size? I acutely remember standing in Dorothy Perkins as a teenager and realising I could no longer fit into a size 14. I scrabbled through the hangers and quickly felt the thunderbolt of fashion strike me down. Dottie P didn’t do a size 16. I was 15 years old and the high street was telling me that I no longer had the right to engage with fashion.”

I think we all have and still go through this non-acceptance of fashion. I too am finding it hard to find clothing that fits and looks nice but I am also finding that I have started to notice clothing in stores smell slightly chemically *cough* Primark, Top Shop, H&M*cough*.  I am myself a loveable size 16, and yet most stores still do not cater for voluptuous bodies so to speak. Top Shop I found doesn’t think for all body shapes, Primark I will admit with open arms has lovely bargains, but I have to buy clothes 1-2 sizes bigger to fit…*cuts out size label*… I will not even start to mention H&M…

I would love to make my own dresses, tops, trousers, jackets, knitwear products – I mean I should, I have a degree within Knitwear…*sigh* But all this making is rather time consuming or is it that I am being lazy? I have thought that when I tried on suit jackets in New Look, certain areas didn’t fit correctly, now it’s not difficult to sew in some ease (ease is when you are sewing your arm pattern piece to the jacket pattern piece and create a slight gathered effect at the top where your shoulders start, this way you can then ease out the stitching once connected, this in turn allows for room when being worn), and I have even noticed in some clothes that clear elastic has been sewn into the seams of the garments. Obviously I have only noticed these HUGE little annoyances thanks from learning tricks of the trade so to speak from my course at uni; as well as experimenting on my own. I find it rather irritating that clothes today are not finished correctly and depending on the type of garment certain edges are falling apart when you pick them up, or have not been finished at all.

When looking around River Island they had these awful foam dresses… the edges had been left raw, after a couple of washes you will not have a clean cut looking dress but a tacky one…well maybe it will improve the look?

The point I am making splits into two:

First is that I think the standards of how clothing is made within factories need to change. Yes standards have changed within factories so that the workers are being paid correctly and children are not employed but obviously this is still an issue. Yet it is the way clothing is not cut correctly from source which causes further issues down the assembly line for example: these factories have huge cutters that just cut through a mass amount of fabric which in turn the workers just go and over lock everything together. They are not cutting out the correct sizes for each body size, in fact they are over locking off the excess amount of fabric not needed for different sizes or for us bigger girls not bothering at all to have correct measurements as I mentioned previously suit jackets in New Look.

Second; that the media has caused us women to feel inadequate with how we look and how our bodies develop and grow, we are constantly hounded by the Media throwing diets, weight plans, the gym and the correct volume of food at us daily. Why can we not just be any size we like or eat anything we fancy and not have to worry that this cube of cheese will give me a gazillion calories. I feel that change is light years away but maybe we can all try and start. Like myself; I keep putting off making myself something. I always moan about the way clothing is made yet I do not go and make something better. Perhaps when I gain motivation and a little inspiration I can actually get round to making something to prove my points…maybe.

About the writer: Kera-anne is currently in her final year at London College of Fashion studying Surface Textiles specialising in Knitwear who loves nothing more than baking, writing and playing the occasional Nintendo game. She wants to give something new to future artists who are yet to taste the confusing fruit that is the fashion industry! When working on a project she tends to go for the darker viewpoints as the work always leans toward the obscurer side of art.

Inspiration: Love Your Body

10 Aug
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Start loving yourself! (If you haven’t already.) You are a wonderful human being, capable of so much, entitled to good days and bad days without having to justify yourself, able to dress how you want, fragile, strong, independent and glorious.

If you’re unused to loving yourself, start off small by saying to yourself, “Hey you know what? My hair looks pretty damn good today!” Focus on the positives and gradually build and build until you can scream at the top of your lungs, “I AM AMAZING!” Because you really are.

Until next time,

Daisy

Inspiration: Bikini Body

2 Jun

Hopefully, some day soon, it will be bikini weather. Unless you’re going on holiday tomorrow, in which case- take us with you!

We here at Yellow Bunting like to help out, so here’s our top tip for getting a fabulous bikini body this summer!Screen shot 2013-06-01 at 20.38.13

That’s it! It’s really quite simple.

Catherine’s got some cute swimsuits and bikinis lined up for you all in the nest issue- we hope you like them as much as we do!

Until next time,

Daisy

In the mean time, enjoy the sun we’re having at the moment and we’ll see you soon.

 

 

Ask Us Anything!

1 Jun

“I’m having some body issues. I’m naturally very skinny and while I’m fine with what I look like most of the time, some people I know keep declaring that only ‘real women’ have curves. Occasionally it does get me down, however I’m pretty sure that I’m real but can’t seem to get them to see things from my point of view.”

Rubyyy says: Hey babes! Great question! Yeahhh this is a silly one isn’t it, even if you were 80% plastic, you’d still be a ‘real woman’ – even if you have a penis you’re a ‘real woman’ if that;s how you identify in your spirit 🙂

Well, I think this is a great time for you to pick up a pen and paper and expand your reasoning, which is totally true and fair by the way. Expanding your thoughts, reinforcing your point of view, this will help you to feel more confident when you do have to serve somebody the T (truth) and also, you’re more likely to be less effected by their insensitivity… As my guru, Louise Hay, says: if someone called you a “purple pig” over and over, you wouldn’t listen to them – why listen when they say you’re fat, dumb or whatever… Not verbatim Louise Hay there! *wink*

I hate this conversation sometimes and that’s because I believe it is another level, another way of distracting women and the female conversation, diverting it to something essentially limiting and meaningless. A real woman is a real woman is a real woman, no matter her size, if she is a woman in her heart.

Love and light darling
xxx
R

Inspiration: Ideas of Beauty

19 May
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Usually with these inspiration pieces I try to add some thoughts of my own but for this one I can’t. There’s nothing more to say.

So I will leave you with this picture and this: have a wonderful day.

Until next time,

Daisy

Inspiration: Love The Skin You’re In

10 Feb

We’re bringing the inspiration back! Every other Sunday we’ll be posting pictures/pieces of art/films/photos/quotes/books that we love and want to share with you. Think of these posts as little nuggets of joy, they may be small but they will motivate, encourage, educate and make you smile [if all goes according to plan!].

This issue’s inspo is a wonderful piece of art by the ever-talented Olaya Valle!

It serves as a [very cute] reminder that we need to stop fat AND skinny shaming and love all bodies, including our own.

I know we here at Yellow Bunting seem to talk about body image a lot [and it’s true, we do] but that’s because it’s so important and what we write about, we believe in without a doubt. It may sound painfully clichéd by now but we want everyone to be happy and to love the skin they’re in!

Until next time,

Daisy