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Can't find fashion to fit?

Surrey Adult Learning Tutor, Alex Pocknell, launches a new garment making course for women with a fuller figure. Classes will run at the Camberley and Woking Centres.

It is a well known fact that in the UK, size 16 is considered the average dress size for women. It has been suggested that it may actually be closer to a size 18. Similar statistics are mirrored in the US, where average dress sizes are on the rise. This year has even seen the release of the “Curvy Barbie” by toy company Mattel – acknowledgment of the need for a more ‘realistic’ representation of women’s bodies today. 

Clearly there is a move toward recognition of larger sizes becoming the new normal, however despite the rising interest in plus size fashion, High Street shops have not yet fully caught up with the demand. There is a distinct “lack of anything that doesn’t look like a tent”, in the words of Garment Making Adult Learning Tutor Alex Pocknell. 

As a larger lady herself Alex says that finding clothes that are well-made, look nice, and fit properly is her biggest frustration. “I’m a big woman, maybe a size 20 or 22 if shopping on the high street, but there are a lot of limitations with what’s provided by the high street. Women of my size have a really poor choice! Not all larger women are the same shape; there is no universal ‘Big Woman’. Even just taking in and altering existing items to fit in the right places can feel incredible and make you look a million dollars.”   

Making and altering clothing to fit larger figures properly is something Alex is passionate about and she is excited to be able to offer specialised courses in ‘Garment Making and Fitting for the Larger Figure’ at the Woking and Camberley Adult Learning Centres. Alex’s classes will cater for women of a dress size 18+ looking to make and fit (or re-fit!) clothes that feel right for them in a relaxed and friendly environment. The classes are suitable for all abilities, from absolute beginners to more experienced sewers, and can be booked online or by phone on 0300 200 1044.

  • Updated: 24 Nov 2016
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