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Date: 5/15/13 0:07 AM

I would like to ask if there are other "older" women, such as I out there, learning to sew. I know it must seem very strange, a woman at my age, starting out to sew. There are problems with patterns, the older persons body presents problems the younger (and firmer) young women do not have. I am trying not to become discouraged, and thought mabe if I could talk to others my age, it might help some.

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Date: 5/15/13 0:17 AM

hello patricia. good luck with your sewing adventures. No - it doesn't seem strange that you are endeavouring to learn sewing - I think you are wonderful to do it. I agree there are problems and it can seem daunting. I am sure the helpful people here will give you all the advice you need.

I recently met a woman who had never learnt to sew, bought a machine and wanted to start sewing in her retirement. Unfortunately, her health changed and she never learnt to sew. Don't wait another minute - this site is full of knowledgeable people who will help you and keep the encouragement going. all the best

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Date: 5/15/13 3:21 AM

Patricia, at my local sewing guild, I've been helping a lady in her '70s who has never sewn before. She decided it was time to learn something new! I don't think its strange - it's wonderful! As we age, we need to keep our body and mind active. Sewing helps with so many neurological and physical functions.

Even though there may be issues with fitting brought on by age, they - and possibly the remedy- are not going to entirely different from those faced by younger people. Many of us have issues around height and proportions, bust size and placement, shoulder position in relation to the rest of the body, etc. And just because we're younger doesn't guarantee we're firmer

I hope you enjoy the journey as you venture into your new craft.

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Date: 5/15/13 7:34 AM

Hi Patricia, I teach sewing classes at Joann Fabrics. I've had quite a few "older ladies" in my 101 beginner classes.

What have you been working on? I will be 59 next month and been sewing for a good 38 years and still get discouraged I had to learn how to do all sorts of adjustments about 5 years ago, because I quit work(a very physical job), had a Lumpectomy and hit menopause all within a year! My body drooped and spread. I've learned how to do FBA's(Full Bust Adjustments)whereas I use to just "add a little to the sides". Also realized I have narrow/forward shoulders. It can be fun and frustrating, getting to know our "real bodies"...but it's a cool journey that can bring a lot of enjoyment too.

This is a wonderful site, full of wisdom and humor.

Let us know what you are working on and your fitting issues. There are ladies from all over the world on this site who are ready to jump in and help

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Date: 5/15/13 8:35 AM

Thank you so much for all your wonderful replies. I was really having a day. But, I am up, and ready to tackle it again, thanks to all my new sewing friends! I am 72 years old, and find I have to fight these "dumpy" days more than when I was younger. :-)
I have a body double, I call her "Tilly". Thing is, her waist is smaller than mine, and hips bigger! Oh woe is me! But she and I are trying to get to know each other better. I find my big battle now is, not trying to sew "too young" for me. I still like the pretty pastels and lace like I did years ago. Oh well, guess I will just have to say "that's me", huh? Have a nice day, ladies..

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Date: 5/15/13 12:06 PM

Patricia,
why not wear pastels and lace? My grandmother did right up to the end at 97. I don't because pastels wash me out, but if they look good on you and you like them to for it.
Rosie

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Date: 5/15/13 12:07 PM

Hi Patricia, I think it is wonderful that you are learning to sew. I'm 70 so that probably means I am also a senior. I was never a senior in high school. I quit and got married at age 17 because I wanted to. Many years later I got my GED so I could go back for more education and at age 55 I became a nurse. I'm not saying it was easy I'm saying it was possible! Learning to sew isn't easy. We all remember putting a sleeve in backwards, making button holes on the wrong side, cutting a cuff out of the center of the already cut out back and many other Oh No moments. If learning wasn't possible no one would be on this wonderful forum. If you like pastels and Lace I say wear them. I like the color red. I also have a pair of pink shoes. If I decide to wear them together to Church I will do just that. Get a learning to sew and a learning to fit book, learn how to make Tilly more like you and know you can do this. Ask questions here and tell us all about how you are sewing along. If you get discouraged remember it could be worse. You could be sitting next to Nell, trying not to laugh at her in that awful red dress and those pink shoes. Nell, in Texas

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Date: 5/15/13 12:43 PM

Contact your local sewing guild and ask if there would be a possibility that one of their members could help you.

I no longer have a sewing buddy and sure wish I could find another close by.

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Date: 5/15/13 1:16 PM

Patricia, when we do get to this mature stage, it seems like we have to learn fitting even if we never did before, and also lots of style changes. GOOD FOR YOU! Think how good it is for the brain to have the new skills to ponder over and looking at pattern directions has got to be a great impetus for brain work.

Are you reading this thread here? There are a lot of fantastic things being said in this thread and a lot of nice people! :)

Over 60 and retired

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Date: 5/15/13 6:23 PM

Hi Patricia, How about something easy like a skirt.You may need a little help getting the hem straight in the back if your posture tilts forward If you go for one with some fullness you won't have to worry about hip width exactness just get the pattern closest to your measurement.Fitting one's top is complicated if you want tailored or close fitting garments but looser tops with kimono,raglan or ruffle sleeves can disguise many posture problems and this is in style right now as opposed to very fitted. Just finish the length in a nice proportion for your figure.When you are new to sewing using natural fibers such as cotton,linen, heavier silk and wool is so much easier than the synthetics to handle,press,cut and sew.Even the easiest patterns will teach you tricks as you work through them and your knowledge will grow.I recommend trying for comfort with any equipment you buy-like a high cutting table,really good scissors,magnifying glass at hand,a lamp or light near the sewing machine,a Rowenta iron and sturdy board.These have saved me so much aggravation as I've gotten into my late 60's Good luck and let us hear about your achievements carry

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