Personal pronouns

I’m not going to lecture on the difference between their, there and they’re in this post.  There are plenty of others doing it and a further large group of people who don’t read those posts or do and still don’t get it right.  So there is no point in me doing so.  This post is about two personal pronouns which I frequently encounter while studying fashion in Texas with usages I was unfamiliar with before.

The first may be of interest to teachers of English as a foreign language when teaching the conjugation of verbs, for example:

Singular: I am, you are, he/she/it is

Plural: we are, you are, they are

In both French and German, the two words for ‘you’ are different, depending on whether it is the singular (tu, Du) or plural (vous, Sie).  Some students struggle with the fact that the same word is used in English, whether singular or plural.  And this is where Texan English comes in very handy.  The above conjugation in Texan is:

Singular: I am, you are, he/she/it is

Plural: we are, y’all are, they are

By using Texan English and adopting ‘y’all’ into the teaching of English, the difference between singular and plural in the second person is easy to identify and removes an obstacle some students of the English language face.

Texas on HW59

The second previously unfamiliar use of a personal pronoun is ‘she’.  In the world of fashion, there is always an invisible ‘she’ in the room with you:

  • When designing a gown and considering design features: ‘You don’t want her to have one style when she is walking towards you and another when she is walking away from you.’ (unless you do of course!)
  • When making the pattern: ‘She needs to get into the dress somehow, so where do I put the zipper/button/tie?’
  • When constructing the garment: ‘The catchstitches along them hem need to be short enough so she doesn’t catch her heel in the hem’

It is comforting that in the world of fashion you are never alone.  ‘She’ is always with you, watching you and needing your consideration at each step of the way.

Half scale model



  1. I really enjoyed this post and it made me look at garments in a very different way. It’s not some pretty fabric thrown together with stitching designed to just look pretty. It’s the product of real engineering.

    keep on keeping on!

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