Back in the saddle again

Wow…you guys really are the very best.

First up…thank you for all your kind words of advice and encouragement on my last post.  I really do appreciate your opinions and honesty.  But thanks also for not being too honest… 😉

You’ll be glad to hear that the Wishy Washi dress has been consigned to the charity shop bag.  I was very nervous about posting that dress, but sometimes you’ve got to post the losses as well as the wins.

I’ll admit I found it quite tough to see the two pictures next to each other…they really highlight my recent weight gain!  Thankfully that’s levelled out and I should start losing it again over the next few months.  Prior to Christmas I was changing over to some new meds and, boy, did they mess with my “I’ve eaten enough” mechanism.  The kids wouldn’t even sit next to me for a while for fear I’d start chewing on their toes!

My weight is an ongoing battle for me, and will probably always be so. I really have no inclination to make the necessary sacrifices, or to do the gym time, to become a size 10, nor have I any comment to make on anyone else’s choices regarding the weight/size they want to be.  It’s a personal thing and I think as a society we spend far too much time focussing on the slightest fluctuations of celebrity waistlines instead of the real issues we face as a global community. For me, however, the weight I’m at right now doesn’t feel comfortable, so I’ll be working on bringing that down in a slow but healthy way.

However, no matter how hard it was to see and share that picture, it’s been a fantastic fashion learning opportunity.  And has really clarified some things for me, so here’s a ‘brain dump’ for my reference more than anything else:

  • I really, really need to get the black out of my wardrobe.  As an accent, well, that’s ok, but solid black…no!  I’ll keep it only for those occasions where propriety dictates it be worn.
  • Likewise, I’m clearing out the man-made fibres.  I’ll be using the red I bought in London to make a skirt (I’ve been working on the pattern/toile today). And possibly a bit of some navy/red John Kaldor floral that would look lovely with it.  But going forwards I’m planning a lot more cotton in the wardrobe.

Red poly from London

John Kaldor floral

John Kaldor floral

  • Style-wise, I really need to stick with fitted.  I may not have much of a waist, but a fitted silhouette gives the impression of one, and that can only be a good thing.
  • Colour is my friend…that much is clear.  I know blue is good and certain reds.  It’s been a revelation to me that I adore wearing hot pink.  Much as I love nudes and greys on other folk, they are not kind to me.  And I have to be really, really careful with browns, or I look like a 1970’s geography teacher, which in itself isn’t a bad thing, just not a good look on me!
  • That “just on the knee” length of Giverny really is the best length for me. It’s also the length of my denim skirt that, whilst its currently too tight to be worn, is a much worn wardrobe staple that will be back in rotation as soon as possible.
  • I’m second guessing myself a lot at the moment. My confidence in my fabric or pattern choices has taken a bit of a bashing. But my wardrobe is ridiculously bare as the couple of dresses I made last year – Giverny and Cafe Crème  – are too small at the moment. As summer is hopefully almost upon us and I seriously will struggle with finding anything to wear should things warm up around here, I need to put my big girl panties on and get cracking.
  • My recent stash reduction exercises now have me down to a couple of pieces that I’m definitely saving for special occasions, a couple of pieces of jersey, a length of denim, the red from London and the matching red cotton, and the yellow print.
  • I really need to get back in the saddle and score a few wins to bolster my sew-jo and my wardrobe.


  • First up will be the red poly from London.  It’s already cut out into a Colette Ginger with a straight waistband. I’m planning to team it with a short sleeved shirt made up from the red cotton that Miss Button turned her nose up at, and possibly a Sorbetto from the John Kaldor floral.
Red cotton

Red cotton

  • I need to get that piece of denim made up into jeans sooner rather than later.  I can always alter them later if needs be.
  • I also need another denim skirt.  I live in these in the summer and my local store has some cute stretch denim that I could rustle up into something lovely in next to no time.

So…after a very shaky start to the sewing year, with plans made and scrapped, stash sorted and busted, and no big wins for my wardrobe, I feel that I’m in a place to make the rest of the year a sewing and knitting success.

I’m awaiting a response to a query I posted today on the Knit to Flatter forum and hope to complete that course in the next two weeks.  This will mean I’ll be in a position to finally cast on the Bud cardigan.

I’m then toying between starting the dress fitting course, and perfecting a pattern for dresses like Giverny, or doing the Kenneth King jeans course and fitting a great pair of jeans.  I’ll see how the mood takes me in a couple of weeks

Until then, I’m going to crack on making a simple red skirt and boosting my sew-jo!

19 Responses to Back in the saddle again

  1. K-Line says:

    I love what you gained from your last post. We spend so much time working on our blogs (and crafts) that we should reap the benefits of semi-regular insight, no? I’ve had some of the same insights on the bra-fit front lately and I’m culling like a crazy woman. My perimeonpausal boobs might be in flux, but I’m not sacrificing the fabulousness of perfect fit. And the great thing about sewing is that, at any of our many sizes and shapes, we will look optimally proportioned and presented.

    Do keep in mind that the washi dress pic was an ad hoc, quick shot. What I’ve learned most from these is to wear lipstick! 🙂

    • Lipstick is definitely the order of the day!
      I think sometimes I hold off sewing for myself if my weight has fluctuated, waiting until I’ve lost some weight. Which is downright crazy, n’est pas? Not this time…I’m going to make some cute outfits that fit me now and alter them, if needs be, when the time comes.

  2. Fiona says:

    Evie, you’re a gorgeous lady no matter what the scales say. I absolutely get what you’re saying though about feeling comfortable and happy in yourself and hope your next makes make you feel as good as you deserve wearing them, looking forward to seeing your red creations!

  3. Vicki Kate says:

    I can relate to what you’ve said in this post so much! And as Fiona says, you are gorgeous x

    • Thank you too. I think its so easy to get brainwashed by the media “ideal” of what is gorgeous that we sometimes forget what’s truly important and just how hard our bodies work for us on a daily basis. I have much to be thankful for, including such great friends.

  4. Susan says:

    Thanks for being so open Evie, that’s just one of the many beautiful things about you! You deserve gorgeous, well-fitting clothes no matter what size your shell happens to be at the moment, and I’m happy that you’re getting the sewjo back to make it happen. I can’t wait to see your makes (especially that red cotton I love so much)!

  5. Blogs are so useful (I’m also finding the pics aspect of me made may difficult but useful in terms of seeing myself and my outfits as others see them). Glad you got constructive feedback – the community aspect of the sewcialists is a major part of why I enjoy sewing so much I think!

    • I think the sewing community online is just amazing. So supportive and encouraging. It does make sewing all the more fun to be in the company of such great friends.

  6. Tiffany says:

    I think those reds are going to be gorgeous on you. That red denim would make some fun pants.

    • Red is such a good colour for me…as long as it has some blue in it, which these do. I’m hoping to get in the sewing room this weekend and crack on with the skirt.

  7. You’re a beautiful woman Evie – inside and out- and I love your attitude! Looking forward to seeing all the new projects as they develop 🙂

  8. That denim skirt is AMAZING.

  9. sophie o. says:

    it’s me again 🙂 sorry you’ll have two comments from me on the same day, but I’m catching up on blogs! As Joanne said in a comment above, blog posts with photos can be a pain to do – I certainly have to make an effort to post a picture – but I really find them useful for me: it gives a better idea of what actually fit and strangely the picture you get is quite different from what you can see in the mirror. Plus there’s always the input from other bloggers, most of the time they give valuable advice.
    Me-Made months are also a great way to reflect on a wardrobe, what suits you or not so much, where there’s a gap, etc. I think I might add another month because only May is not very representative of my usual wardrobe. A real challenge would be one for every season 😀
    I’m looking forward to seeing your Ginger skirt!

  10. Lovely fabrics and will be lovely on you. Healthy and Happy is the order of the day! Scales are a modern day tyranny!

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