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I am a Material Girl: Cotton, Jersey and Viscose

I prefer to wear comfy clothes. A lot of the women’s online discount stores for plus sizes do carry casual clothing at affordable prices. These shops tend to use cheap fabric that do not hold up in the wash over time. My choice is to spend a bit more and get a top, shirt or blouse that has more lasting quality. My tip here is to find a cotton that has at least 5-10% spandex or lycra. These fibers hold the cotton in place and together. It will maintain the integrity of the fabric.

I like viscose a lot because it flows so nicely over my hourglass shape and it washes well. My tip here is not to machine dry it but to let it hang dry. When the top comes out of the washer simply shake it out; next line dry it on a hanger. I find that it dries quite well without having to iron.

If you are a jersey lover like me READ the labels. Recently I purchased a plus size top in a 3x with 3/4 sleeves. I had a nightmare. After the first washing the seams fell apart. I looked at the label it it said, “100% rayon jersey”. Apparently this fabric is not made for the eye of the needle. The sewing needle pierces the fabric and due to the fact it has no spandex or lycra it cannot bind itself back. The result are open thread holes that move away from the seam. My tip here is to test the fabric before purchase or trying it on (if you bought it on the web read the return policy). The best way is to pull at the seams. If the seams hold together then your new women’s top is aok. But if the needle holes tear at the seam run for your life! Best advise here is to complain and return it.

Buying comfy clothes should not be a hassle. Just read the clothes material content label and you should be safe. Now go search on the world wide web for just the right top.

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Stephen, Your Designer

“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen

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