My dears, i’m coming to the end of a frustrating hunt and I need some help. For months and months I’ve been working on adding more sizes to my patterns. The problem is that I cannot go any further without a plus size fit model in my base size. I’ve been through every agency in town (only to be pointed to models many sizes smaller than I requested), hunted down plus size models on social media (because apparently i’m a stalker now) only to find out they’ve moved somewhere else. Sigh. The problem is, that as we all know, the fashion industry is a little broken, and how models are cast is often quite different to what their real sizing is. Plus, I live in Perth, and as much as i love this town deeply, it’s not the fashion capital of Australia, our pool is small and girls looking for opportunities often move to the East Coast. Please excuse me whilst i go scream into a pillow in frustration.
I know from many years in this business how crucial a fit model is. A fit model is a person who is used by a designer to check the fit and overall look of a design on a real person. They are vital, I wouldn’t feel comfortable going forward with any design that wasn’t fitted to my current size range fit model, so can’t image trying to extend my sizing without the appropriate model.
So I’m turning to you, and I’m hoping that if I post what I’m looking forward to, then someone may know someone who may be just the gal i’m looking for.
Megan Nielsen Patterns, Plus Size Fit Model Application Requirements
BUST // 112-117cm
WAIST // 93-98cm
HIP // 118-123cm
HEIGHT // 165cm or above
LOCATION & AVAILABILITY// Must live in Perth, Western Australia and be willing to come to fittings every couple of weeks, to help test fit garments, as well as wear them in daily life and report on their comfort and function.
Sewing skills not required.
COMPENSATION // To be discussed on application.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Plus size fit model” in the subject.
State your Bust, Waist, Hip, Height and availability.
Please include at least one photo or links to blog/social media.