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Does sewing your own clothes make you complacent about your weight/fitness level?
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Date: 5/15/13 10:56 AM

Yesterday I thought about looking for a RTW tee or blouse to go with a skirt I finished last week. I was eager to wear the skirt and didn't want to wait until I'd cut/fitted/sewn a top. I even drove to a store. But in the parking lot, I thought to myself, "This is a waste of time. I know there won't be anything that will fit right off the hangar." Driving home I mused about past such excursions and the resulting inner dialogue that went something like this:
"OMG, I really have lost/gained a few pounds. Well, crap. I guess it's back to counting calories/working out. This is getting ridiculous. This time I'm serious. It's a sad day when I can't even buy a simple _________ that fits."

The rest of the day would be ruined and I would be in a really BAD MOOD for awhile. I'd make some dietary changes and add some workout routines to my schedule...for a week or two.

So, what about similar moments in sewing? Yes, I wince when I update my waist/hips/? measurements. But (and this is a very big BUT) the satisfaction of completing and wearing a garment that fits (as opposed to accentuating my figure flaws) more than mitigates fleeting disappointment triggered by the tape measure.

What about you? Do you think that your fitness pledges decrease and lose significance because you aren't getting that ugly dressing room mirror wake-up call?

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Date: 5/15/13 11:08 AM

I see what you mean .....and i hate having to shop for RTW...more exhausting and fruitless than anything else but most RTW does fit me fairly well.
For me your initial muse in subject line made me think I am even MORE diligent about keeping same weight etc since i have been sewing as i have so many lovely clothes I have made and spent so much time doing so I want to always be able to fit in them LOL
And trust ma these last few years it has been increasingly more difficult to stay at same weight...so i cut out a bit more.
For me I dont sew because RTW doesn't fit me , I sew because i LOVE fashion and trends and want to create lovely new garments even though i probably don't need anymore
Kinda like an artist who keeps on wanting to paint pictures, poet composing poems etc.
Good Luck...interesting post

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Date: 5/15/13 12:02 PM

I think sewing more for myself, and trying to get my garments to fit has made me accept my shape more! And for sure much more now than when I was younger, and more self conscious about how I looked in my clothes and out of them. Those drawings and photos on the front of the patterns is not me, tall, long legged and thin, so I would end up making a style that just doesn't work for my shape. So I guess I am finally accepting my shape. I do walk and do yoga, and am looking forward to riding my bike more this summer, but I don't think I stay active to fit into clothes that I think I should wear. I try to keep up on what is fashion, but I don't often wear those fashions!
I know what you mean though about those awful fitting rooms. The lighting and the those mirrors. Not usually flattering at all.
This is a good question, I hope more sewers write and tell their stories!

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Date: 5/15/13 1:00 PM

I tend to not sew my nice fabric b/c I want to be more fit.I don't want to use my nice fabric and then find I have lost weight and I can't wear it anymore. Stupid approach. I am lacking will power in eating, exercising, and buying fabric. I need a few new outfits for a new temp job, but I am frustrated about my body. Thanks for posting, as it is helping me to think this thru and get some resolve.

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Date: 5/15/13 1:40 PM

I also find that sewing makes me stay fit and eat healthy. I would rather lose the pounds than try to adjust the pattern. Although the main reason I do it is to try to stay healthy. I used to buy tops to go with sewn skirts because they were less expensive than making one and trying to fit it. However, now a days, the tops are all see through so I will start making them. Also sizes don't mean anything anymore. I may wear a M in one size, a L in another and an XL in still another. This gives me an excuse as to why I may be wearing a larger size. So I would say RTW is more likely to make me complacent and sewing is more likely to make me stay healthy.

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Date: 5/15/13 2:16 PM

I have been sewing for only about 5 years but I think it has had a positive influence on my fitness. I pay more attention to my measurements, rather than my weight. I can tell if I have been slacking on exercise if a garment no longer fits as well as it did when I made it. Sewing and fitting have made me appreciate the parts of my body that I took for granted before.

My mid section has become a bit wider in the last year though my weight is the same. I think it is 2 factors-an easier horse to ride and closing in on 60. I need to exercise!!

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Date: 5/15/13 3:10 PM

What a great subject. I've gotten real lazy about my fitness. I'll get all geared up and hit the treadmill for about a week, then for some reason, find a lot of reasons not to. I'm usually in the sewing room and make the excuse that I can't just stop in the middle of what I'm doing...before I know it, it's dinner time

I do try and keep limber. I will do leg lifts when washing dishes, brushing my teeth or ironing. I have a small weight beside the computer that I use on occasion to keep some strength in my, now, flabby arms.
I'm also pushing the 60 mark. I worked and starved in my early/mid 40's to stay in my 2/4 jeans. Not anymore. I've earned the right to have a bit of fluff. As Marec said, I too have gotten thicker(and floppier)in some areas, but I haven't added any pounds in about 3 years.

I don't buy clothes anymore, because I feel odd in RTW. I've been wearing my own stuff for so long, I actually feel disloyal some how if I even think of wearing RTW.

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Date: 5/15/13 4:46 PM

If anything, I think it makes me more aware of my weight and fitness levels. I don't think I'd be measuring my waist once a month or so if I wasn't sewing clothes for myself. But! It also doesn't seem to prevent me from gaining weight (although have lost about 6 lbs in the last few weeks, and plan to continue that trend...)

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Date: 5/15/13 6:17 PM

Fit not my issue, but (butt) ugly drives me back to the sewing machine!

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Date: 5/15/13 7:08 PM

I am waiting to lose weight before I cut into my "good" fabric....so since I have not.........nothing is being sewed right now! Since summer is here, I need to put on a new thought pattern and get with it!!

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