Member since 6/17/04
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 6/1/09 11:06 AM
OK, here is the problem. I am hard to fit in the first place. Period. But I am about 20 lbs overweight and really out of shape at the moment. My plan was to loose the weight, sew some knit tops and stuff for my girls in the meantime and when I a bit back in shape start sewing summer clothes for myself. Problem is I lost a bit and then gained it back and here I am even worse off than before and I keep looking at my fabrics and have absolutely no inspiration sewing for my body as it is right now - not to mention spending many hours fitting and modifying patterns for a body I don't like in the first place. I know I sound like a whiny teenager, but I really want some nice clothes (my summer wardrobe is practically non-existent) and hate to ruin fabric for clothes I hope not to wear for long (or should I just give up the idea of ever being thin again and just learn to sew for this figure?) I am pretty depressed about this and guilty about not sewing at the same time. So, somebody tell me to just sew!!!!!
Natalija from Serbia (mom to 6 daughters and 1 son)
New Hampshire USA
Member since 3/17/05
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 6/1/09 11:17 AM
Your post made me sad.You are obviously not happy with your figure but by denying yourself pretty things just makes things worse.I hope you choose to make a few nice summer outfits.Sometimes when people change their mindset,then they actually are more able to be successful(losing weight,quitting smoking,etc).So says my therapist husband to me! Please treat yourself nicely. Marlene
Member since 11/30/04
Date: 6/1/09 11:24 AM
Just go sew! Don't let the issue of losing weight hold you back from sewing nice clothes. Nice-fitting, well-made clothes always make one look slimmer anyway.
I almost always look slimmer in clothes I make over RTW.
Big 4 Pattern size 12, RTW bottom: 6, RTW jacket 8, RTW top (no size fits me well!)
Measurements: 34 HB/36 FB (34C bra)/27.5/36 (and working hard to keep it that way.)
Machines: Sewing: Elna 760, vintage Kenmore Model 33 (1967), Janome Gem Gold 3, Singer Model 99, Singer 221/Featherweight. Sergers: Babylock Imagine and Babylock Enlighten. Embroidery Only: Janome 300E. Embroidery/Sewing Combo: Brother Dream machine. Coverstitch: Babylock BLCS. Straight Stitch: Janome 1600P.
If you think your sewing is better than everyone else's around here, get out of my way b****. I hate sewing snobs.
My blog: www.phatchickdesigns.blogspot.com
Member since 4/23/07
Date: 6/1/09 11:25 AM
I hear your pain. I lost a few pound and gain some back. Now i'm in the process of lossing what i gain. 10 pounds so far. I did some changes in how I eat and when I eat.
1 make sure you eat a good breakfast.
2 allow a midmourning snack.
3 eat in moderation. Smaller Plate.
4 Allow a afternoon snack. For snacks Some of those dietary bars are good. But only have one.
4 Lots of water. Ice water That will help in burning calories
5 Supper or Dinner. Light Light Light.
6. The Main thing you need to do is portion control. That is what is helping me.
7 set small weight losses not big one. I'm doing only 10 pound incraments. Do some excerise too that will help in toning up the musels.
Hope this helps so keep us updated.In the long run. Weight isn't what make a beautiful person. Its what on the inside. I think you are a beautiful person.
So do the sewing and look beautifull.
-- Edited on 6/1/09 11:31 AM --
Ecclesiastes 11:7,8 Nothing on earth is more beautiful than the morning sun. Even if you live to a ripe old age, you should try to enjoy each day, because darkness will come and will last a long time. (CEV)
Member since 9/3/06
Date: 6/1/09 11:30 AM
Summer is coming and you will need clothes no matter what shape you are in..If you have some cottons, try sewing them..they are more forgiving than knits..don't hug the bumps and folds..that is what I'm doing..simple tshirt type tops or tanks may be easier to fit.
You could also try joining on of the sew alongs, if you haven't already, for inspiration and motivation..plus size and mini wardrobe or the one garment a month for immediatly to my mind..
2012 86.3 yds..
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987
Member since 4/8/02
Date: 6/1/09 11:41 AM
Go sew!! Nice fitting clothes in fabrics/colors you like will make you feel and look better. While you are at it, decide if you want to update your hairstyle, make-up, etc. Somtimes we (women in general) focus on our chlidren and families and neglect ourselves.
I have been making shirts this month. Four so far!! To me they are more flattering and cooler than any kind of knit with lycra in it. Guess what age group I am in!!!
We'll be watching for your reviews!!!~!
Member since 8/20/02
Date: 6/1/09 1:27 PM
Consider yourself kicked – go sew. Nice new clothes that fit will make you look and feel better no matter the shape your body is in. You might be able to loose the weight faster if you feel better about yourself. Stress results in weight gain. Reducing the stress might help to loose a couple of extra kilograms.
Fabric bought in 2009: 30 yds
Fabrc sewn in 2009: 19 yds
Fabric stash: 145 yds
3 Garments IN and 6 Garments OUT
Member since 2/16/06
Date: 6/1/09 1:32 PM
-- Edited on 6/25/10 1:57 PM --
From what others have said, the nasty message came from Fitting Woes, NOT Misc Hot Topics or the Civility thread.
Member since 11/14/08
Date: 6/1/09 1:35 PM
I've been where you are many,many times but this time for me something clicked-maybe some injuries-maybe because I'll be 60 this year??.In November I just decided I'd had enough I bought myself a couple of nice t-shirts,sewed a couple pair pants and shirts so I could at least be presentable.
My new forever diet is nothing with white flour or sugar,I eat mostly fruits and veggies,grains,poultry and small amount fat.
By March none of the items I had made myself fitted me so I happily donated them(along with any other "fat"cothes I had.
Now I needed spring things and I did the same as before-sewed a couple of nice shirts and pants.I am still donating clothes as they get to big for me,my goal is to own only clothes that look great on me
All this time I have been treating myself to things I won't grow out of,shoes,purses cosmetics etc,every 5 lbs was a celebration and a treat.
We are all worthy of being treated well especially by ourselves you have to believe you are worth it because then you will give your body and health the attention it deserves.
I have declared this year to be my time...
Member since 3/23/09
Date: 6/1/09 1:46 PM
I understand where you're coming from. Due to an ankle injury, I was forced to stay off my feet and had to miss out on a lot of activities I love, which brought me down. Between feeling down from not riding (horses) and not being able to go out with my friends, then the stress and inevitable calories that come from school and finals, I gained a bit of weight. Especially because I like my clothes very fitted, I didn't want to notice the changes my figure had taken, or spend all the time to fit, especially when I was determined to lose the weight. Make stuff thats cheap and doesn't require a lot of alterations, like skirts. And if using your good fabric is going to bother you, DON'T!! Get some stuff on sale at Joanns or wherever you go, and go for it!! You'll be saving your good fabric, extending your wardrobe, and building sewing confidence at the same time.
Here are a few weight loss tips that worked for me:
-Cut out the soda. It's a killer.
-Don't deny yourself the food you like. If you want cookies, eat one. Otherwise, you'll torture yourself.
-At the same time, don't keep junk in the house, its too tempting. My weakness is ice cream. If I don't keep it in the house, I'm less likely to make the effort to go to the local ice cream place and get some.
-Keep freeweights by the TV. That way you can still watch your programs, but build some lean muscle that keeps burning calories throughout the day.
Best of luck!!
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