I lost about a pound a month without noticing much (after all, the belly seems to be exempt from the weight loss process - HA!)
One day I forgot to bring a baggy t-shirt to pilates class, and what I saw in the mirror caught me off guard! I ran to the scale and discovered I was down 8 pounds. Since then, I am working even harder at pilates and yoga, out of sheer gratitude for this happy by-product of the wheat intolerance.
Why do I tell you this? Becuase none of my patterns fit anymore! waaaaaa! After all that pattern work and all that sewing for the last 2 years, I am back to an empty closet.
And despite all I have learned, I am as puzzled as ever when a garment doesn't fit well!
Enter the sewing buddies at Stitchers Guild. I can post a picture and get great feedback immediately. You know, patternreview.com is great, too. I spend more time at Stitchers Guild mostly because there are fewer women there and I am able to keep track of who is who. Patternreview is a huge community!
This gives you an idea of how much tweaking I did before I even got to the coral colored top in the photos below. I am using the t-shirt that comes out of Bernina My Label as my starting point. But it has no darts & no shaping, so I am adding some.
With a chest larger than an A-cup, I prefer darts and curved seams to work with the bod.
I whipped this up on Sunday and wore it to bebe Ilse's 7th birthday party (sorry Laura I forgot the camera!) The front is not bad, but it feels like there is fabric bunching under my armpits.
The back view is kinda hilarious. The area under my shoulder blades is where I have lost weight and toned up (pilates is a mysterious but very, very effective exercise regimen!)
So, in my glee, I thought, "hey let's show off that weird small space on my back!!" But now I think it looks just weird! ha ha
I have re-drafted the pattern to lower the armsyce and increase the area in the sleeve where it meets the bodice. I have also re-drawn the lines to hang straighter.
Now I am deep into work week, but next weekend I'll post the next version and show you the specific pattern adjustments.
At least I've got the neckline and the shoulder seams making me happy and comfortable. That alone is worth the effort.
OK- now I will just sew up another wardrobe. No biggie, right?
Hey it's Hump Day, wooooo
Now that my daughter and Howie's kids are young adults, it strikes me as the perfect time to become a stay-at-home mom. I mean I could sew all day, right? Kelly could use some work clothes that don't reveal her midriff when she writes on the chalkboard, Laura loves those crafty gifts I send her way. And Daniel, hmm, a skateboard slipcover? Dust cover for his guitars and basses? Oh yeah, he would love it.
OK, enough silly daydreams. But if I win the lottery, there will be an explosion of sewing!