Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.


June 15, 2010

That other Cup



Isn't it amazing how advertising slogans can stick?

Nearly 25 years after the fact, I still remember being challenged by a jeans ad campaign: Do you fit the legend? Ah, that stretch denim; the high waist; the red tab. I remember so well. Mostly of course for the fact that I fitted neither the legend - nor the garment in question - particularly well. My fragile, youthful self-esteem was of course dented by my lack of legendedness.

Oh well. As I've grown older I have tried to take less notice of slogans and buy-lines.

Which is why I should have exercised a little more caution when I saw a ladies' pattern line called Made For You. A pattern made for moi? Really? Yippeeeeeee.

Sadly the bubble burst early. While the patterns boast bodice pieces between an A and a D cup, the NY Times tells us that the best selling bra is now a DD cup. What a pity the pattern companies are not keeping ... ahem ... abreast of trends.

Its a disappointment, that's for sure. And unfortunately feeling deflated is in no way matched by any actual physical deflation. So, multiple pattern alterations and three toiles later, my suspicion is that Made For You doesn't really mean You in the sense of Me.

I can only hope one day there might also be a Made For You Even If You Have Big Bazookas. Now that would be both fitting and legendary if you ask me.

16 comments:

  1. haha- i totally aggree! and as i am currently 23- and have not yet been through the whole baby growing in my belly phase... i hope they make those desired bazooka changes before mine get any bigger!!!

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  2. Cracking me up, as usual, Liesl.

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  3. FYI, there are a few of the Simplicity Made-for-You patterns in the women's (i.e. plus size) range where the given cups are C, D, and DD -- mostly in the Khaliah Ali line, IIRC -- but not in the regular misses' sizes. Ah well, at least it makes doing your FBA a tad easier...

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  4. I love your writing style, you make me laugh every time again. But the bazookas problem is annoying I can imagine. Maybe it's time to go design patterns yourself? ;-)

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  5. Oh here we go with the big boobs again....
    Mind you I have never had to adjust a pattern too much so maybe being a little person isn't so bad..

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  6. I hear you. I have hardly made any tops for myself because as Jodie aptly puts it my "cup runneth over" too... hope your project works out! Good luck!

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  7. There's plenty of cup runnething in these parts too and that would be why this chick is unlikely to pass 'Go' in the sewing department. At least until you launch your own Line For Large Bazookas.

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  8. I feel your pain! My "cup runneth over" also but I am otherwise a size 10. Patterns (and clothes in general) don't cater for that too well :/

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  9. I don't even have the over-runnething B-cups, and I've had to do FBA's on patterns for dresses!! The assumption seems to be that if you're a size 8-10, you are in fact a BOY....

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  10. What about "One size fits all"?
    I've always hated that.
    Best way to make a curvaceous teen feel like a nobody when she doesn't even fit into the "all" group!!

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  11. Sorry about the pattern, that sucks big time!! I am on the opposite of the spectrum, small breasts and small shoulders make for ill fitting tops and blouses - I would love to be an upside down pear, but alas I start with the smallest size on top and gradually grade out to the next 2 sizes by the time I am at my hips! I still can't seem to get it right, passing on all my tops to my better proportioned sister!

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  12. Love this post. Can rely on you to give me a smile!

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  13. I am with Tania- there is a market waiting for bazooka Blessed Ladies like myself and it appears so many others.

    I love the word bazookas.

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