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Erica Waldthausen
Denver/Boulder, CO

What the bleep is that fabric?

If you are a curvy woman reading this than you know what I am talking about when I say, " What is that fabric?". Unfortunately, in the world of plus size clothing we have an over abundance of stretch/spandex/polyester blends. UHHHGGG! The last thing a curvy woman wants to put on her body is something that stretches over her and enhances every little bump and curve until she looks like something Apollo 12 would land on. If I had my way... plus size clothing would never be made out of this fabric... ever!

I am not sure who thought it was a good idea. Maybe they were thinking that stretch fabrics are more comfortable or perhaps that they would lend themselves to a larger size range... regardless of the reason for making plus sized clothing out of that fabric... it should be outlawed!

However, I too have fallen victim to the polyester stretch horror. You need something to wear to a function. You find a dress. It's that weird fabric... what do I do? My immediate response is turn, run fast and wear anything else, but if you must... body-wear is a must! Invest in some super suck-em-in pantyhose or support wear. Remember lighting is everything with stretch fabric. Sunlight and florescent light is very unforgiving so, definitely fortify your figure with body-wear if you will be wearing your garment in those conditions. Otherwise, if you have another choice choose a more substantial fabric.