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Wardrobe Malfunction

2011 October 26
by elizabeth_admin

Or “How one should never lose or gain weight”.

Last night I was excited.  I was excited for 2, no, make that 3 reasons. 

  1. I had a social engagement. 
  2. At said social engagement, I planned to wear my WAFBS Faux Fur Skirt (because it’s Fall now and I can only wear this skirt when it’s colder out — apparently it looks odd to wear a faux fur skirt in July). 
  3. And I was seeing Kurt Elling live, one of my favorite performers.

And then the wardrobe malfunction happened.

As you some of you may remember, I have been running since the Spring.  (Truth be told, I haven’t run since September because of the cold from hell that has lasted 9,000 days, but I did run from March through September.)  I lost some weight.  Not a lot of weight, but enough to make a difference and for people who know me to notice. 


When I was getting ready for my night out and put on my Faux Fur Skirt, I noticed that it was extremely easy to put on.  At first I thought, “Well done Elizabeth! You have made an excellent skirt: it’s easy to pull on and off and is so professionally finished.”  And then I looked in the mirror.

People, this was no longer an attractive skirt.  It was too big.  It was too big in the way wearing the wrong size can make you look really heavy even when you’re not.  I looked like a bad superhero.  Based on what I saw in the mirror my superhero name would be Thunder Thighs Elizabeth. 

Not. A. Good. Look.

I ended up wearing one of my M6069 dresses with leggings instead.

While I am pleased to be lighter in spirit and body, I am sad that some of my clothes that I lovingly and excitedly made last year no longer fit me.  Why is it that altering is sooooo unappealing to sewists?  I don’t think I will actually alter the Faux Fur Skirt.  But who knows…  I didn’t think I would take apart the Cashmere Curse either.

12 Responses leave one →
  1. October 26, 2011

    I totally feel your pain! I have lost a dress size and I am finding almost all of my me made clothes are too big! Think of all the lovely things you can sew in a smaller size though!

  2. October 26, 2011

    It is so hard to maintain a stable weight! My shape seems to fluctuate just enough to give me these same issues on a regular basis.
    Very annoying!

  3. October 26, 2011

    Alterations are the worst. I think it has something to do with the fact that you have to take stuff apart just so you can put it back together. For me it is always the worry that it looks good as a sewn object, but when I start to mess with it there will be puckers and disaster. I think for your skirts it might not be so bad, and they are awesome and worth the effort. Usually I want to alter pants, but with pants I think good fit comes from good cut, which is hard to adjust after they have already been made. So I end up just making new pants instead…

  4. October 26, 2011

    I would love to actually know how to alter a piece of clothing! I would love to have lost weight!! I would love to have a gorgeous faux fur skirt to have to alter – AND be able to do this because I am a super-duper skilled sewist – because I lost weight!!!!!

    Quit yer bitchin’ and break out the seam rippers.

  5. October 26, 2011

    This is why when the dr tells me to lose 50 lbs to meet some dayum chart, I laugh at him! No way in Hello Kitty am I remaking/reworking or even altering all of these clothes I’ve made. So I feel for you!

  6. Meg permalink
    October 26, 2011

    Well done on losing weight. Not being able to wear your clothes because you’ve deliberately lost weight is a GOOD thing, even if it means saying goodbye to things you’ve made.

  7. October 26, 2011

    Half your luck and your stamina! Pass it on to someone who will love it too and make yourself another! And when you pass it on don’t forget to say “oh yes I do love it too but it is just TOO BIG!”.
    Oh that is because I hate to alter things!

  8. October 26, 2011

    You look great!

  9. patsijean permalink
    October 27, 2011

    Hummmm. The skirt does not look to big to me (or is this an old photo?). I would not want this one tight.

  10. Elaray permalink
    October 27, 2011

    I should have such a problem! 🙂 (I love Kurt Elling!)

  11. October 27, 2011

    Hmmm. I went running once last week because I have GOT to take off some of this dating weight. It’s ridic. That being said, it’s been raining and I haven’t been since. So, my thighs are still large and I’d be happy to take that skirt off your hands….

  12. October 31, 2011

    You cannot leave this amazing skirt alone in your wardrobe. Ole, Ole, alter it. You will be so happy after your done. I also have to take in a bit one of my skirt. I made it too bid and I lost fat as well. I want to see new pictures of you wearing the skirt 😉

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