Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Why does this bother me so?

Am I alone? I don't know.

I've been able to wear pretty much the same size for a very long time now. But it seems I've been dupped by clothing manufacturers. It seems that as I've been getting bigger so has the size of my clothing although it says it's still the same size.

Why do I get such a "high" when I go clothing shopping, spend tons of time in the dressing room with 5 different pair of the same jeans and cheer when I fit into the the smallest one? Especially since I know that if I pick up a different brand that I'll need a size or two "bigger."

Lately it seems that the stores are not ordering the size that fits me. I wear small sizes and sometimes that means a size 4...but the stores order a size 6 and bigger. I'm not paying full price for clothing to have to take it home and learn how to alter it. That's crazy.

So I bought a pattern to make my own clothes. I've been sewing costumes for years...regular clothes can't be that hard, right?

But then I take my measurements and it says I wear a *gulp!* size 10! WHAT THE? Since when did I get to be a size 10? What is going on here? And the sad part is that I can't make myself believe that I'm really a size 10, so I can't cut the pattern out and make myself the size 10 skirt that should be my perfect fit because something in my head is saying "I'M NOT REALLY A SIZE 10!!!! I'm a size 4, see I can prove it, look at these pants."

I know my once 24 inch waist is now a 27 inch. So how can I possibly be a size 4. But really a size 10??? I never imagined.

*sigh* off to sew my size 10. Maybe if it fits me wonderfully I'll be happy and not care.


  1. Miss Renee, that's why cats don't wear clothes. Our mommy says I would wear a size "cat fat" and Miles would wear a size "cat stocky". How insulting. - Sammy

  2. Hmm, maybe you're on to something here. I think it's funny how women's sizes are 4, 6, 8, 10. Men's are 34, 36, 42. See, if you were a man, you'd be like a size 34. Count your blessings :)

    Sometimes I rub off the 33 on my jeans and write in 32.

  3. OMG! Call me shallow but I would definitely care! Take heart, manufacturer's don't always follow the same size chart. I would burn that size 10 pattern! LOL!

    The Pink Diary

  4. Yep, sizes are is vanity. And it really does vary between manufacturers and patterns.

    My grandmother showed me a size 10 dress she used to wear in the 60s. I looked at it...more like a size 4.

    Oh well, what can you do?

  5. Sizes are a mess. It frustrates me to no end. I'd also appreciate it if petite sizes actually had an inseam of a petite!! ;)

  6. I know this is hard to do, but try not to think about it. The hardest thing for my human pet to come to terms with was that she is not defined by a number, but by how she carries herself and what she does. The clothes she wears are just accessories to the real clothing underneath in her persona. The same is true for you Renee.

  7. Yeah. I know what you mean about the sizes! Normally a size 8. Went to buy pants one fit fine...another too big but I still bought them because they were comfy...others I couldn't even pull up over my hips! All the same size...sheesh!

    Thanks for your comments on my blog...posted two entries so far today.

  8. I would wear a 4, but it would drape all over me. Of course, most of the draping would be in the legs, as my hind legs are way too short for pants.

    I'm glad I don't have to worry about fitting into pants that cause me that much stress!

  9. Renee - Sew in a size 4 label!