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It’s complicated

2011 April 22
by elizabeth_admin


I should have finished that dress last night.  It’s four (five with the facing) pieces of almost squarish fabric.  What’s wrong with me???

I’ll tell you what’s wrong with me.  I’m a 42 yr old (almost 43) woman who, lately, can’t refuse a cookie, some ice cream, or a triple cream cheese. AND, I picked a dress that has a straight knit skirt.  Remember the last time I did that?  I ended up making two skirts for the dress: one for my skinny sister and one for my dress. 


Yeah, well, the one that fit me?  It kinda doesn’t anymore.  It now resembles the first skirt that I gave my skinny sister.  *sigh*  I guess I will have to go on that diet afterall.  *silent tears falling*

So going back to the title of this post, it’s complicated…  Because of the, ahem, tightness fitted look of the skirt and the fact that I don’t have enough fabric to cut a larger size,  I need to line the skirt now for modesty’s sake and the mental health of all on-lookers.  So what was a simple dress is now a complicated project.  ARGH.  Nothing is ever simple for me. 

I still love my fabric.  I still love the dress, but I think it’s too much of a hoochie mama style for work.  The bodice looks great though.  I love the cowl neck and I didn’t need to do an FBA.  There’s no fabric straining over the girls. 

Well, gotta go now.  I’m off to go starve myself and exercize in the faint hope that I can fit into any of my clothes.

ETA: the blue dress above is one I made last year not the one I am currently making. Unfortunately the blue dress no longer fits the way it does in that picture; it’s much tighter on the bottom now. Almost as tight as the original skirt I made for it unfortunately. 🙁

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Cindy permalink
    April 22, 2011

    I know the feeling why do I not notice my body (that I have gained weight) until I try on new clothes or try and sew something. good luck

  2. April 22, 2011

    oh dear, crummy feeling with which I am acquainted.
    Do not deprive yourself or punish yourself in any way whatsoever – it WILL backfire.

    You are a very beautiful woman, you can always just focus on that 🙂

  3. April 22, 2011

    Admittedly, I can’t see the back, but this dress looks almost too big to me (says something about my over-40, hoochie mama tendencies :-)) And I’m with Robin. Extremeness will lead to scarfing of additional cookies. Moderation is the way to go. At different times in our lives, our bodies change. Doesn’t mean you won’t be back into your other outfits in a few months. You’re a single mum who just moved house and who’s starting a new business. Seems to be a lot of stressors to manage. I’d be enjoying a few sanity cookies too!

  4. Kristin permalink
    April 22, 2011

    I, too, know what you mean! But, I love the color of the dress, and the style is very fun! I think that if you decide to make this dress again, try to raise the waist up 2″, and that change would make this dress look like perfect on you!

  5. BeckyMc permalink
    April 22, 2011

    I’m right with you! Went to the gym for the first time in 3 months yesterday. Why is it when we reach “a certain age” that it takes us one week to loose the shape we spent six months working for? My clothes are all too tight, too. And I sure as heck don’t want to sew new ones in a bigger size. *They won’t fit when I lose the weight.*
    I’ll be your shape up buddy if you want. Nothing extreme, just healthy eating (occasional treats because that’s healthy, too) and an hour most days at the gym.

  6. April 22, 2011

    This looks too big on you, dollface! I’m not seeing hoochie mama at all!

    I’ve made that exact dress twice now, and mine fit waaaaaay more tightly than yours. I had to add six inches of length so it would even TOUCH my knees. It looks like you could take it in all round and add a slip and a belt, and that should fix it. All is not lost!

  7. Ann_B permalink
    April 22, 2011

    Maybe, if that is an elasticated waist, just pull it up to your real up high waistline. That, with a half slip, might put the ever so slight poofiness up at the waist, maybe even hidden under a belt, not at the tum. Hey, I’m all about making it work, not making more work.

  8. April 22, 2011

    I can say from meeting you in the flesh in February that excess flesh is not something you have to worry about. You’re really slender! I find that doing a bit of exercise helps me feel better about my body, even if it doesn’t always shift the pounds. You’re a stunner, Elizabeth, end of.

  9. April 22, 2011

    Oh Elizabeth I am with Robyn, you are a beautiful woman so don’t worry about it. I had my first and only boy at 42, then separated at 45 and the kilos joined me instead. Even though I don’t worry so much about what others think (but I may line something or wear a petticoat (what!) with a knit) I also need to loose many kilos… but for me it’s about health. Now I’m tired and sluggish all the time (could just be 49 and start of menopause!) but I know I can feel better.
    The blue dress looks great. Finish your dress and it will fit in a few weeks … be positive!

  10. April 23, 2011

    Elizabeth, I can’t remember whether or not I commented at the time of that blue dress, but I’m commenting now…

    I tried that dress, having also fallen in love with other people’s versions. The result was not pretty and got abandoned: exhibit A. But while I am curvy, I am not overweight and it is nothing to do with my age either – I’m 23: exhibit B. It’s just about choosing patterns when suit us curvy girls, and judicious choice of fabrics and pattern adjustments. That’s the whole point of sewing, isn’t it? That we shouldn’t have to feel crappy because of clothes that weren’t designed for our shapes?

  11. April 24, 2011

    Oh Elizabeth I’m with you! I’m also 42, heading toward 43 and don’t know how this extra “fluff” has appeared around my tummy and thighs… I’ve taken to drinking more tea and locking myself in the sewing room (and no Easter Eggs for me this year!). But seriously you are a beautiful looking lady and have an awful lot on your plate at the moment, don’t be so tough on yourself!

  12. April 24, 2011

    Don’t beat yourself up! Life is too short! Have you considered cutting the skirt off and making a great top out of it? Leave a few inches to come to a good length on the hips, pop on with a pair of jeans, and you are good to go!

    Your angel is precious as is her cute dress.

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