On Wednesday night, I cleaned my clothes closet. I started by putting all of the summer clothing in a box to be evaluated next year and after that, I tried on every garment. Things that were too big were sorted into two piles, one for the thrift store and one for refashioning... as into something completely different versus taken in and made smaller. Garments that were borderline but could possibly be worn a bit longer were hung back up. There isn't much left - 31 garments including two dresses, seven skirts, two blouses, t-shirts, cardigans, and no pants. These won't last long.
Yesterday, I bought new jeans. I took eight pairs of the same model and the same size into the change room knowing from past experience that just because they are supposed to be identical, they are not. The first three, I couldn't even get on and the last two I didn't try on because the other three all fit nicely and two of them were marked down with another 20% off the last ticketed price. Since they're only going to get short term wear, that seemed like the best choice.
Before shopping, I had breakfast with a friend and after shopping, I started stitching around the leaves on the second canvas painting. I like the way the stitching defines the edges and makes the leaf look like it's over the painted surface although the interior definition is lost. I'll look at how I want to deal with that next... possibly more thread... possibly more paint.
I spent a lot of the day knitting. This teal cardigan is taking FOREVER. I've stitched this particular sleeve three times and I'm finally happy with the hemline, the width, and the shape of the sleeve cap. Now, I need to make another one just like it. I'm short enough yarn for the collar so I've ordered another ball. It'll be a different dye lot but hopefully close enough and/or I can use the bit of yarn that will be left after the second sleeve to blend in the new yarn. Either way, by the time I finish, I don't think the cardigan is going to fit me anymore. Too funny!
For my next coaching assignment, I'm working with paint to create two garments, one with a dark background and one with a light background. Diane - my coach - wanted me to choose patterns that had very few pieces. I wanted ones that I hadn't sewn before and ones that would have a hope of fitting me at the end of the weight loss. Vogue 9190 above is a short jacket that ends at the waist. Since my waist is smaller and it doesn't hit my hips, this should work. I'm making a hybrid version with the back view shown plus the collar from view A.
I chose Butterick 5786 because I've been wanting to sew it since the pattern came out and because it fits and flares over the hips which should work when I have no idea what my hip measurement will be. For most of my "slim" adult life, I've been a 34B so I'm sewing a size twelve and - ideally - both of these garments will be fine. The main objective is learning to work with paint so if I actually get to wear them too, that'll be a nice bonus.
The manager at the clothing store noticed the weight loss. When I told her that I had quite a bit more to go she commented on what an interesting journey that was going to be. Forty pounds is a significant amount. At the end of it, I'll still be a triangle but an entirely different one... and one who is in desperate need of clothing. She asked if I'll dress differently and I don't know but it's certainly something to think about especially as I don't have job requirements and can dress any way I want.
Losing this much weight is somewhat like moving to a new town. It's an opportunity to change a few things you'd like to be different about yourself, to make healthier choices going forward, to be adventurous and to try new directions although I think - for the most part - my preferences will remain my preferences with some experimentation. You can even see that with the two patterns I've chosen. The cropped cardigan is slightly different and the blouse is a familiar shape.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - new jeans, good fit, on sale, a smaller size