- Many of my clothes have become too tight
- My bras were strangling me and I had to buy new ones (I do not have any plans to make bras)
- I saw a couple of RTW items that I liked but I was too big for the biggest size (regular range, not plus sized range) or they are too short (one of the reasons I started making my own)
- I was becoming breathless far too easily
- I felt unwell
- I was sent for heart tests because of some enzyme and chest X-ray abnormalities and need to get a 24 hour monitor in January. There isn't a major problem. My heart rate is fast, probably because I am unfit. I have a minor ECG issue. I had heart surgery in 2000 to repair a congenital hole in the heart, found by chance after I'd had a couple of brief transient ischaemic attacks which can be stroke precursors. I've been fine since.
- I have been getting no exercise since not playing golf, that's since the end of September. I can only imagine increasing my fitness will benefit my heart!
- My knees hurt more than they did. They're having to carry more weight.
- I didn't like what I was seeing in the mirror.
- I had put on weight, but not as much I thought as would account for the way I was feeling and looking. I'm out of shape even more.
Last year, I didn't actually complete a wearable garment for myself. That wasn't intentional. Sure, I was busy with wedding sewing for the first half of the year but found it difficult to get going afterwards. So in 2017 I will be sewing for me. Not exclusively, as I do enjoy sewing for the family, but I'd like to get a few garments made for myself.
I have issues with RTW relating to fit (sure - quality too but I'm referring only to fit here). Some of the issues are related to my height (5’11”), some to my basic shape (pear), some to my ‘maturing’ body shape - more around the middle than I ever had and some because I'm overweight.
- crotch length and depth too short;
- waist gaping as my waist is much smaller than my hips.
- My thighs are quite chunky, too.
- I don't tend to have problems getting the legs long enough - and there are some specialist companies catering for tall women, should I need that.
- In addition, I don't like low rise. I prefer my waistband at my natural waist, or just below.
- Sleeve and body length. Most of my blouses and shirts have sleeves that are too short. While I'm happy to wear some styles over a skirt or trousers, I want to be able to tuck my blouses in securely.
- Being tall, I sometimes find that bust darts are too high as there isn't enough length between shoulder and bust.
- I don't like shirts with pockets as the positioning of them is usually not flattering on me.
- More recently I have found that my bust is bigger because of weight gain I assume and a couple of the shirts I have pull a bit at the front, not an issue I had previously. I am quite wide shouldered. I am having to do FBAs on virtually all patterns and now feel that some of the. RTW that fitted me previously could do with the same!
I have also started the Morris blazer from Grainline.
I thought this would be easy but have found it rather more difficult than anticipated. It's a blazer without darts. I chose the correct size for my upper chest and shoulders and made a full bust adjustment, following the instructions on Grainline. Their instructions leave a side dart. I don't like that but don't see how to get rid of it sensibly. I made up a toile but chose a poor fabric - too thin and too stretchy.
I hope you all had a good Christmas break - and I wish you a Happy New Year 2017