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Craft Rage

...Making a mess of things since 1973


Planning REALLY far ahead

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've decided to drop 10 dress sizes, because I've been buying up every cute vintage pattern I've come across, and they're all in sizes 12 to 14. I LOVE these patterns, and though I've always been a fat girl, and have always sort of liked BEING the fat girl, I've decided that by this time next year, I'll be a size 12.

I made the decision on Saturday, and I've already started down a path that will take me there. I don't believe that a traditional diet is the right option for me, because I loathe dieters. Well, that's too strong - I loathe going for lunch with someone who has to flip through a little calorie counting booklet for twenty minutes before she can place an order, or eats her Atkins fare in the car before we go inside, where she sips ice water and watches me have relations with a beef dip.

In the past, I've shifted down two dress sizes easily, in a very short period of time, simply by following the plan at the end of this post. It's only there if you're interested - as I said, this isn't going to become a place where I blog about my daily relationship with food.

Anyway, now that I'm on the path towards being able to sew the cute clothes in my pattern stash, I decided that I should also stock up on the few patterns I REALLY love, in case they're not in print when I'm ready.

This week, Vogue patterns were on sale at Fabricland, for $5.99, so I bought a number in my current size (20 or 22, depending), and I also bought these in a range including 12 and 14;

I LOVE this dress. I can't explain it - the shape of the neckline and the little sleeves, and the sheer amount of fabric... Oh my! Honestly, I think it's a bit overdone, but even overdone has it's own charm, sometimes. And no, I don't think I'll ever have an occasion to wear this dress, but hey, I wasted $5 on a dream - is that so wrong?

I cannot WAIT to have a go at this pattern. I know that by the time I'm able to sew it, the world will be long over the galaxy dress, but it won't matter to me. I will make view D and view E, and wear them, even if they are not in fashion!

Ohh, the neckline, the full skirt. The GLOVES! Oh!

I must confess - I bought this pattern in two sizes - my current size AND the size 12-14-16. I really enjoy the simple look of this dress, and I like that I can add straps without ruining the neckline. I may be wrong, but I think this is actually a newer pattern, so it will probably still be around next year, but I didn't want to take a chance, and at $5.00, why wait?

And finally,

Okay, this dress is NOT a style I would ordinarily wear, but I tried on a wedding dress similar to this one,

and even though I'm not slender, it still looked surprisingly pretty. I think that at size 12, I might be able to pull it off. And again, if not, oh well. There's always ebay. :)

Oh, and here's my plan to drop 10 dress sizes in a year;

1. Walk every day for 30 minutes (already doing)
2. Work out twice a week (already doing)
3. Eat breakfast (starting Monday, after shopping)
4. Switch from an extra large Tim's a day (coffee, for you non-Canadians) to a small Tim's. (This is the only thing that truly makes me sad)
5. Carry a water bottle everywhere, and keep drinking. (starting Monday)

I have, on more than one occasion, dropped two dress sizes in between three weeks and a month by doing this. It sounds too simple, but the first couple of dress sizes are always easy when you're already quite large - it's the rest of them that take a lot of time. I think I can drop ten in a year by doing the same, and doing a bit of portion control as well. For me, portion control is six cookies, not ten, and no eating until I groan. Which means I still eat all I want, but not extra, which I have a habit of doing - both my fiance and I hate leftovers, so if I'm not careful about how much food I actually cook, we'll eat ourselves sick in order to avoid having the same meal twice. If I'm careful about the amount of food I actually cook, all should be right with the world.



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Blogger Kristin Says:

I really enjoy your blog and your spirit in jumping into challenging sewing projects. Just a piece of advice (which I know you did not ask me for, but I am annoying like that), I have been sewing all of my life, and have made all kinds of things, including prom dresses, Elvis costumes, Willy Wonka costumes, etc. and my Mom has been sewing all her life, and makes amazing Wedding dresses - WE HATE VOGUE PATTERNS. The directions are so confusing!! They are like 5 times more difficult than anything else. So we usually flip through Vogue, but then cobble together other brands' patterns that are similar - take the corset from this Simplicity, the sleeves from that Butterick, etc. I have muscled through some Vogues, and the results are fine, but they approach construction in the most difficult way possible.

You have great taste, by the way, and I wish you luck on your sewing and on your drop a few sizes plan.

Blogger cidell Says:

Do you think that first Vogue dress is modeled after Donald Trump's wife's dress? I always thought that, but wasn't sure. I totally would have shown it in white if I were Vogue!


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