Real women: ready, aim, fire!

Just in case you didn’t read your Rowan 38 carefully, look for this book at your LYS:

Classic Knits for Real Women by Martin Storey & Sharon Brant. You can’t read it in this graphic, but the book cover tells you that it’s meant for women in the size 14 to 24 range. The description on the Rowan site tells us it’s “crammed” (ooh, good choice of words there) “full of beautiful, sophisticated garments modelled by real women, not professional models.”

Here’s the link for Rowan’s contact page, since it’s only fair to level the same number of barrels at Rowan if you felt that way about that upcoming Random House book. (And the sample photos provided with the promotional article in Rowan 38 emphasize women of A Certain Age, so if you’re going to judge a book by its cover you can also judge it by that handful of photos, too.)

(Found while sitting around perusing the Rowan mag at Lettuce Knit today, while critiquing the designs as Megan laboured mightily to open boxes, unpack yarn, price yarn, shelve yarn, and flatten boxes. Rowan verdict: too much chunky-looking stuff.)

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13 Responses to Real women: ready, aim, fire!

  1. Teri says:

    Wow, I am a bit surprised by the comments made by this book. I guess I am just not that sensitive and enjoy the fact that I am a larger size and have some wonderful and classic items to knit.

  2. desiree thomas says:

    does anyone know of a plus size pattern book where every pattern isn’t bulky or kind of little house on the prariesh? i’d like to see some patterns with v-neck that are fun and sexy. Who wan’t to go around hiding your best assets. if not that-what about some help with conversion. i just looked at this book called really hot knits-the patterns were beautiful but not really for plus sized people.

  3. Karen says:

    I quote from a recent post to the UKHandKnittrers Group:
    “The term is from a research project some years ago, to find out really what the average women sizes there were in the UK, I believe it was completed on behalf of the Textile industry.

    It found that the average size was not the ones on the catwalk, but the average was 16-18 size. With many more 20 – 22 than 8 – 14. So if you are around the former of these sizes, you really are a Real UK Women”
    So what they were trying to do is to say that these patterns are appropriately sized for more women than your average size 8 to 12 or 14 patterns are. It might have helped if they’d explained the origin of the title in the book, LOL.

  4. Teresa says:

    I’d like to side-step the title issue and say that I’m offended by Rowan’s idea of what the ‘real woman’ wants to knit/wear. Words that come to mind: BORING. UNINSPIRED. STALE.

    Same thing happened when Rebecca put forth their ‘real woman’ line.

  5. Brenda says:

    Sorry to bypass the political discussion completely, but… I’m a size 14, so technically I fall into the target audience. But I find that most plus-size clothes run in the 14-20+ range, and the 14 in those ranges is really different than the 14 in regular (misses) clothes. Bigger waistlines, longer rises on pants and extra-long sleeves being the main features that keep me from being able to wear them.

    So you think the 14 in this book is a regular 14, or a plus-size 14? If they’re plus patterns, they should really just say that on the cover, dontcha think?

    Oh… and a 14 in the UK… like a 12 here. Which raises a whole other question.

  6. dichroic says:

    *shrug* Just doesn’t seem that difficult a concept to me, I guess. If exclusion is wrong in one direction, it’s wrong in the other one too.

  7. indigirl says:

    Hey, I saw this last night too and thought the same thing… wonder if folks will get their panties in a bunch over this one too. Probably not, because it’s published by the Almighty Rowan Who Can Do No Wrong (TM).

  8. Penny Z says:

    I guess Rowan is just behind the times. Until very recently, all knitting patterns for larger women had photos of gray- or white-haired women “of a certain age.” They usually were unattractive patterns, too.

  9. Diana says:

    As a girl on the skinnier side of the spectrum, I don’t find this “real” woman book offensive. It doesn’t bother me in the least, and I don’t even understand why the non-target audience would get worked up over it. The implication of the word “real” in the subtitle seems to function more to assert the “real-ness” of plus size women, not put down others. And if they are good patterns, who cares about the subtitle??

  10. Carole says:

    When I first heard about this book I was excited. I fluctuate between a size 12 and 14 myself and I’m curious to see what patterns are in this book. Then I started seeing comments on blogs that people were offended by the title’s implication that real women are fat. Or that maybe skinny women aren’t real. I guess I just like the idea of patterns being written for “average” sized woman since supposedly the average US woman wears a size 14 and I’m not going to worry about the title.
    This is my first comment so I want to also say I enjoy your blog and HI!

  11. Robin says:

    …or that only older women are of “real” size, so a younger “real” woman is completely unacceptable.

  12. Cordelia says:

    I saw that Rowan. Why are all the models of “real” size clothes, Women of A Certain Age? I’m waiting for someone to be offended by the implication that all older women are “real” sizes (despite the models’ evincing the contrary.)

  13. Rainy says:

    I think I just prefer to think of real in this case as “not a size 2, though we’re not saying size 2 is fake either so just get over it already” and move on because it’s really so not worth getting a wedgie over.