While researching this theme month, I found that for large portions of history, the human experience (this sweeping statement is rather Eurocentric, but I will get to that!) of dressing chests is one of trying to alter it. I love that sewing can help us to unlock the reasons we wear what we do and decide whether altering the shape of our chest is something we want or need to do. If you are interested in finding out more about the history of lingerie specifically, check out Jacinta’s brilliant post for last year’s Over/Under theme.

Throughout history, chest binding has existed as a means of gender affirmation. Men and non-binary people who were assigned female at birth have bound their chests with fabric to address the dysphoria they experience around their body. A particular example is Michael Dillon, a... [read more]