Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An Inexpensive Adventure

The studio is still a mess. The main body of the work island is almost finished and I'm just about ready to start painting the doors, drawer fronts, and shelves.... which will be fiddly... with a coat of primer and two of paint... and even so, it needs to be done... quickly. Knitting is good but.... I. NEED. TO. SEW.





In April, I went to my friend's studio an hour away to paint a canvas bag. This morning, I'm going back to paint shoes. I've never done that before - which is perfect - exploring something new. I bought two pairs of Naturalizers and one pair of Clarks at the thrift store for a total of $3.75 so it'll be an inexpensive adventure. And fun.





Like this denim dress. How fabulous are those waistbands along the hemline! The overall style is a little two sweet for me but the idea tickles. I'm only dreaming about clothes right now for several reasons, one of which is the studio mess.





A great thing about my little town is that the hospital emergency department on a busy day is like a turtle going backward compared to a slow day at the one in Kamloops and if you have the "right" symptoms, you get to go straight to the head of the line like I did. Thankfully, after what felt like forever and a million tests, they "only" had three recommendations.





1. To lose weight. 2. To get more exercise. 3. To avoid stress. The first two I can figure out but the last one always makes me laugh. I was joking with the doctor about how casually they throw that suggestion out there without any how-to and he jokingly replied that he can only give so much advice. Yesterday, I went to a Weight Watcher's meeting and was incredibly underwhelmed by the greeting and the discussion content to say nothing of the fact that they barely explained the system... which I believe is good... but it's also good I can read. I'm debating whether I'll stay or not.





I spent some time on-line looking for ideas on clothing to wear while losing weight. That was less than best as well. The suggestion was made to buy two pairs of jeans, some basic tops, and a couple skirts and blouses every ten pounds. I need to lose forty. It's highly unlikely I'll buy three sets of clothing on the way down and I definitely won't be sewing three sets. I need transitional garments. If you have any advice, it would be greatly appreciated. I tend to lose on the bust first and the hips last so styles like the ones above might be more doable especially if I could take the underarm seam in bit by bit and wear them with a t-shirt or cardigan.





My next coaching session with Diane was rescheduled to early November. Since losing weight changes what I'll be doing in the studio, that's turned out to be a good thing. One creative challenge I'd like to discuss with her is sewing clothes in parts that could have the final seams sewn when I'm ready... whether that's because I reached the goal or because I'm heading off on a trip. As you can see, I've found more polka dots to enjoy. I think it would be fun to start creating them with applique or paint or both. Before that though...





... I want to turn this 19" x 31" quilted piece into a knitting bag as a thank-you gift for a friend. When I cleaned the studio, it was crying make me pretty again - LOL. We'll see. Friends are a wonderful gift.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - health

16 comments:

  1. Avoid stress. mmmhmmmm, that's right. Easier said than done. Of course, some stress is needed to keep life interesting. For me, I get stressed out whenever I think about having to lose weight; and, I do need to lose some weight. Yet, you are blithely on track and turning that process into a sewing challenge. Way to make lemonade out of lemons! Good on you!

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    1. LOL - yes, I want to avoid negative stress... apparently... somehow! I wouldn't say blithely on track. I am somewhat kicking and screaming but I'm also saying if not now, when because it needs to be done. I'm hoping the sewing challenge will keep me motivated rather than discouraged. Losing weight has been a real struggle in the past.

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  2. I sympathize with your problems, I need to lose about 30lb and I'm constantly starting and stopping. I was going great guns earlier, riding my bike, logging my food, and ended up exhausted--the diagnosis? Anemia. So a month later I'm barely back to normal level, but in the meantime all the activity stopped because I was just too tired. BTW, Weight Watchers can be done at home, no meetings necessary. That works better for many people. I prefer to use a calorie counting app (my favorite is "Lose It!") As for the stress....well. When you get that figured out, let us know!

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    1. And it's also easier to say than do to just get back on the "bike". Good luck. I was hoping if I went to the WW meetings that the weekly check-in would help with accountability. I'm going to see if I could go to my doctor's office every week. If so, I'll do that instead because ultimately WW doesn't come home with me and do the cooking.

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  3. Sometimes it seems that when avoiding stress is impossible, whether from actual circumstances or from self-induced perceptions, the only thing you can do is laugh. For example, once when I was having a stressful time, I was at the used book store and a mom with her kids were there. There were some sparkly tiny blank books hanging up and that little girl was saying quite clearly and loudly "I want a diarrhea!!!" repeatedly. I felt much better after laughing until my sides ached and had tears streaming (how I contained it until they left, I'll never know).

    As to clothing situation, the only ideas I have are stretchy fabrics with good recovery, and lots of vertical seams. And maybe add things like a vest in the right size when further adjustments make the garments look worse than wearing them a bit baggy.

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    1. Laughing is REALLY good medicine. I totally agree. And when you're dealing with some of the stuff we are, black humour is very amusing. Vests are a good idea. Thanks for that. I find the Butterick 5891 - https://butterick.mccall.com/b5891 - that I sewed a couple years ago a good one. If I make another, I'll go down one size in the hips because there's plenty of room now and that would help too.

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  4. I don't know, making several sets of clothes sounds fun! You could have a different 'theme' for each phase. If you really like something that gets too big, think of it as a 'thrift store redo' and hack the heck out of it! (you won't even need to go to the thrift store!) I don't know about you since you just did a BIG purge, but I have enough fabric for a several hundred pound weight loss!!! ;) Just keep makin' stuff!

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    1. Fun, maybe. Done, probably not. By the time I finished one set, I'd hopefully be ready for the next one. Perhaps the timing is good in that I'm also tired of my wardrobe as I wrote a couple postings ago. This will be enforced change. I'll definitely cut up the fabrics I like and re-use them. That's always fun. Even with the BIG purge, I could probably do a hundred or more pounds myself. I still have LOTS.

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  5. What a positive account of what would have been very frightening for me (emergency room trip!) Love the dots, especially the pale grey dress!

    ceci

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad the posting came out positive. I wanted the support because "lose weight" is simple but not easy. I like that grey dress a lot too. I also think the black top over the green skirt with the overlay is just too fun. I'm thinking about how to do that and painting the dots on comes to mind. I have an overlay that is dotted so that's another option or combination.

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  6. There is whole thread on Stitchers Guild about ' what to sew whilst losing weight '
    http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php/topic,16795.0.html

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    1. THANK YOU - I'll definitely check into that.

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  7. Love your post, and I can share with you my weight loss struggles and choices that work for me. The key is to keep trying things until you find what speaks to you. Losing weight in my 30's meant to simply stop eating a cookie every day, and the weight came off quickly. After menopause in my late 40's, it began to take a lot more effort and time before my body tuned into the fact that I was indeed changing diet and incorporating exercise expecting weight loss. Until I reinsured my neck 8 months ago, I was doing well with keeping my weight where I was content with how I looked and felt. What worked for me was to buy a stationary bike on my 60th birthday, 5 years ago, so I could bike at home on my schedule. The real key was finding exercise videos for biking that I still love. They challenge me and keep me pedaling through all levels of an aerobic workout, and the time just flies by. I bike 30 - 50 minutes, at least 4 days a week. I also belong to a local gym that has movement classes for seniors that are AWESOME. The worst part of my neck injury is that I can only participate in limited exercise, and virtually zero strength training. This has been a disaster for my weight. It will be another 10 months before I can resume a weight training program, but the movement classes are helping self-esteem as well as stabilizing my weight. 2 of the 3 movement classes I am taking are Tai Chi classes. PERFECT for stress release - if only for the 50 minutes of imagery and movement with flow. For now, I am able to exercise about 6 hours a week. For optimal health, my body prefers that I bike 4 hours a week and strength train with movement exercise another 4 hours. For understanding the role of food and weight, I am a long-time fan of the Fat Flush Diet, and their supplements. Since January's mishap, I have 10 lbs to lose, and a whole lot of patience to gain. My husband runs with friends for exercise. Setting a meeting time to do so, gets him up in the morning because a friend or two is counting on him to be there. This is what motivates him. My sister-in-law gets up every morning and walks 4 miles. She is 64 and after a year, she has shed the pounds with no other changes. I read that another sewing blogger doesn't let herself sew, until she has earned the time after exercising first. Gather ideas and try a variety to find your niche or niches. You can do this. You are an amazingly creative woman, who can use your talents to discover ways for making lifestyle changes that will benefit your health and well-being.

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    1. Thanks for all the feedback and for the encouragement. I totally agree with you that it's important to find what works for me... which is true is so many areas of life even like how we each create and how our studios function. In my journal time this morning I was reading about the character necessary to meet the demands of reality and succeed past obstacles and road blocks. YES YES!

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  8. I am in the process of loosing weight also and have lost 40 pounds to date. Working at Fabricland gives me the exercise and I am watching what goes in my mouth via Weight Watcher's online. We eat very simple meals and I see a dietician four times a year. Stress has been a huge factor with Dave's health but we are nearing the end and I am starting to notice how I am feeling more relaxed.
    Clothing has been a huge issue for me and I am not sewing. I did buy 3 pairs of yoga pants that have a lot of recovery in them and they still fit well (legs are longer on me due to thinner legs). I have one pair of jeans in the wardrobe that I replace when they get too big. Tops are simple t-shirts that I replace when they are huge on me. It is working for me at this time.
    I have chosen not to sew clothing for myself as I have lost a lot of inches and didn't want to have an item I made too big when I finished it. So I have chosen to sew for dolls and to make items for family -- simple items that I can make and give away. It keeps me busy at this time. BTW, my sewing room is a mess as it is set up for renovations, paint, and new doors.
    Good luck on your journey of a life style change and sewing while it happens. I know you can do it.

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    1. CONGRATULATIONS Ann. Way to go. Thanks for relating and for the encouragement. I do have quite a few non-clothing projects to work on and I'm excited about putting together some parts & starts that can later be combined into garments. It'll be great to talk to my coach about that. Painting shoes yesterday was fabulous and that's a whole different journey that will be fun to explore. I'm slowly feeling more confident with painting and that's delightful. I have an apron project I want to work on to do more practice on fabric. I'm sure it'll come up on the blog some time soon.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.