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Musings on fitting issues
Unable to get stable measurements...but that's a good thing!
Changma  Friend of PR
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Date: 5/5/13 11:09 AM

Please don't mind my ramblings...but I have been unable to finish anything for months, and this morning I realize why.

I, like several others on PR, am on a "weight loss journey", along with a lifestyle change that includes, for only the second time in my life, increased physical activity. I am NOT a quick sewer/ist, especially with so many personal issues this year, so I will set something aside and go back to it weeks later.

Well, this is not working well, as every time I go back to a project, my measurements have changed. I expected the changes in the bust, waist, and hip; what I did not think through were changes in rise, apex to
apex, and full waist length. Yes, I know I should have, but I am getting through this year in mode. So now, I have nothing to wear! I have been so heavy for so long that I only had L and (X)XL in my closet, and I am sticking to the Make Your Owh Clothes For the Year thread, which means I haven't bought ANYTHING! (Wish I could have stuck to the fabric and pattern fasts, too, but I figure soon enough I will need both.)

I know in another thread people suggest elastic waists on transitional sized clothing or stretch clothing, but I don't wear skirts, and the elastic waist and stretch pants I own started to look like they have room for
another backside.

So here's a request for any suggestions you might have for fitting, other than stretch waist clothing. I have two more months of school, so I need to look respectable for my first graders.
-- Edited on 5/5/13 11:43 AM --

I'd much rather have PEACE than pieces...

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Date: 5/5/13 12:08 PM

Dresses and skirts are more forgiving than pants and will accommodate more changes in your figure. Obviously styles that are less fitted will give you more options. Looser blouses might be a good idea. Your shoulders shouldn't change and hopefully your bust won't change much either, so you can fit those areas and then take in sides later on.


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Date: 5/5/13 12:11 PM

Congrats on the weight loss!

There must be some pieces that can be taken in along with a few minor adjustments to make the clothing work until summer hits and you have time to sew up new duds.

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Date: 5/5/13 8:35 PM

I agree with the suggestion on less fitted clothing. Think of things that can be belted to rein in the fullness as you loose weight. Something that has simple lines and construction so that you can nip in the side seams to give a bit more shape to the fit as you loose weight.

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Date: 5/5/13 8:52 PM

I agree with the ideas already mentioned. Here is another one. Though it might be sewing blasphemy But for the time being could you find some RTW clothes that will get you through till your size is more stable? If money is a factor, perhaps some gently worn items from a consignment shop?

Best wishes to you in your time of changes.


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Date: 5/6/13 0:54 AM

I have been going through this journey (and fitting frustration) over the past 4 years ... and still on it. I can totally relate as my personal sewing time is not always plentiful and it's frustrating to spend the time fitting a pattern only to find out the next time you use it your measurements have changed considerably.

I have been using patterns that have multiple seams (princess front and back, centre back, etc.). This gives you more seams to make your alterations on so don't have to take as much from just the side seams. I do wear a lot of skirts and have been sticking to elastic waist skirts. I've made a few dresses and tops but not a lot. The only pants I've made are yoga pants for working out.

If you check out my reviews you will see a few examples of how I've altered the items I've made to keep them fitting during the weight loss process.

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Date: 5/7/13 6:02 PM

First of all. Congratulations on your weight loss. Well done.
Perhaps drawstring pants and wrap tops would help.
And unlike Meleliza, I hope you loose through the bust too!
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Date: 5/7/13 9:51 PM

I'm going through the same frustrations myself so I sympathize with your dilemma. I'm going to take this opportunity to learn to sew with knits and make some "more forgiving" tops.


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