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Date: 2/25/14 8:09 PM

I am participating in a medical weight management program, which involves rapid weight loss (roughly 4 pounds a week for me so far). I keep picking up and putting down sewing patterns as these weeks go by, and I am conflicted. Every few weeks my clothes become ill-fitting, so it seems like a sewing opportunity! But then, I will be a different size again in a few weeks (God willing) and I am put off by the thought of investing time, energy, and good fabric on something I will only wear for a few weeks.

I tend to prefer fitted clothes, so I don't want to sew sack-y dresses just because they can be worn longer during weight loss, because I won't wear them at all. And I have tried to interest myself in sewing purses, hats, etc. to no avail -- and don't even talk about home dec or sewing for my kids. I just can't muster any enthusiasm!

Anyone else gone through or going through this? Do you put aside sewing for weight loss, or use it as an opportunity to make clothes for your changing body?

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Date: 2/25/14 9:46 PM

I have been losing weight, not as rapidly as yourself, but my clothes become too large too fast. You can only take them in so much. I keep sewing to keep up my wardrobe and better fitting clothes makes me feel better. A lot of my patterns were graded up anyway and I'm learning a lot as I make new stuff.
My biggest problem is the loss I feel when something I like is too big to wear.

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Date: 2/26/14 1:14 AM

I make clothes for my changing body. I have three different sizes in my wardrobe, and when I make clothes I make them for the size I am at the time, since I can't guarantee I will end up any particular size or shape in the end.
Good luck with your efforts and congratulations on your weight loss to date!

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Date: 2/26/14 5:48 AM

Will you share what program you're on?

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Date: 2/26/14 11:09 AM

I am doing the Kaiser Permanente Medical Weight Management Program. It is pretty hardcore and you have to be obese/40+ pounds overweight to participate. It is 82 weeks, the first 16 weeks of which you are on food replacement (Optifast), with daily exercise tracking and a requirement to drink at least 90 ounces of water per day. I just finished the third week of the food replacement and have dropped from 220 to 207.

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Date: 2/26/14 11:09 AM

I'm there myself. I've put on 25 pounds in the last 2 years, most of which was put on in under a year. I blame stress of divorce and moving across country, etc.

Anyways, I kept trying to lose it but it wouldn't budge and I wanted to sew, so I started sewing casual tops mostly. My favorite is the Style Arc Ivy. It's not fitted though. I have been working on various free t-shirt patterns for fun. My bust and waist will change if I lose weight but not my shoulders, etc. I also figure it's not a huge fabric cost or time investment to play around with t-shirts. In the summer, I made some casual, elastic waist dresses. With winter now though, I'm more limited. I would like to sew and wear some casual ponte type dresses, but the 80 inches of snow we've had this year and frigid temps haven't helped.

Finally, I have started to lose some weight. 7 pounds in the last three weeks. So I am in the same boat now you are. My doctor suggested medical weight loss but I figured I would give it one more try myself. I cut out almost all gluten, wheat, sugar and processed foods and upped my protein.

I'm going to keep sewing casual tops and buy cheap pants as I continue to lose weight (hopefully). I have a whole closet full of great clothes from 2 years ago to fit into!

Congrats on your weight loss!

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Date: 2/26/14 11:14 AM

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My biggest problem is the loss I feel when something I like is too big to wear.

Exactly! It is so disheartening to say goodbye to something perfectly good, because it just doesn't fit and can't be taken in or adjusted anymore.

Maybe I will make some wrap skirts?

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Date: 2/26/14 12:04 PM

Congrats on your weight-loss project and progress!

Wrap skirt idea for you- Christine Johnson has one here Travel Trio Two and all her patterns are 30% off. The other pieces, especially the hoodie are easy fitting. Using knits will also help with a reasonable fit for longer.

Let us know how you're managing. I'm loosing weight too, but not as rapidly as you.

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Date: 2/26/14 1:47 PM

It will be exciting to sew new clothes for your changing body.

I second the wrap skirt idea. I have this vintage knit Stretch & Sew wrap skirt
pattern that just can be wrapped tighter. Or on a woven wrap skirt, extra buttons can be added to adjust the waist. Knit dresses with a waist tie or belt, capes, cardigans...
Button hole elastic at the back of waistbands... Styles that are belted or have adjustable waists.
I think knits and drapey wovens would be good fabrics to use. For a fitted top, maybe a princess seamed top and somehow construct it so it will be easier to take in the seams as you need them.
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Date: 2/26/14 1:53 PM

I was going to suggest wrap skirts. They can be cute and fun, feel special, and are quite adjustable. I bought one at a local market, and it had a knit waist band/tie instead of the customary ribbon/woven fabric one (they just skipped the button hole to put the one tie through the waist band). It's so comfy and infinitely adjustable!

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