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You might just get it . . .

Which makes me extremely happy, but presents me with some unexpected dilemmas.

So on one hand, I have officially dropped 12 lbs. (I still have 7 more to go, but things are looking up.)

The bad news is, a lot of my clothes now look like they belong to someone else. Someone not my size. And the worst part is, some of them are my favorite clothes.

Oh, the pain!

Now, for good news again. Shopping for my new size is a nice reward.

But the bad news is, what's the point? If I keep losing weight, those clothes will have to be discarded too.


I guess I will continue to wear whatever clothes I can get away with without looking like one of the Olsen twins, until I cannot wear them anymore.

And then there is the SCA garb . . .

At this point, I know that my bodice petticoats will have to be altered, lest my girls suffer from slippage, which is not cool. I believe I will do that closer to Pennsic, so I don't have to do it twice. As for my new wool doublet and breeches, which were getting loose at Night on the Town on the very ocassion of their debut, I have no intention of making any alterations until next Fall. Same goes for my plum gown, the one I wore at KASF when I got my Laurel.

It's not like I will be wearing wool again any time soon.

But this poses another question: I really, really want to start some more garb projects. However, given that what I do is 16th Century French, and that those clothes are very structured and have to fit perfectly to your body, I am not sure that starting that would be a good idea right now.

I hate altering clothes.

I think that I am going to stick to embroidery for the time being.

That and some new chemises. Those are much more forgiving than boned bodies.

But I likey the bodies! I wanna some new ones!

Hmmm . . . the solution may be in starting them now, hand sew the channels, which will take forever anyway, and then do the fitting when I feel that I have reached my target weight.

Too small bodies are okay, as you can always adjust even if you have a gap.

Too big bodies, not so much.

(See note on slippage of girls.)

Oh, the pain!

But I'm feeling real good.

And now, back to work.

I hear the whip cracking.


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 2nd, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
I understand!! I dropped 20 lbs since the end of January and all my work pants are literlly falling off of me. Thank Gods for the clearence rack at Kohl's or I'd be arrested for indecent exposure!!

I plan on taking my mundane stuff to a tailor here, so I can save some of my favorite outfits. That might be a good idea for you. :)
May. 2nd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thank Gods for the clearence rack at Kohl's or I'd be arrested for indecent exposure!!

You just made me spew water on my keyboard! :)
May. 2nd, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Time to make exciting underwear!
May. 2nd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah baby!
May. 2nd, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Obviously, you need new accessories. Partlets, ruffs, fancy aprons, gauze overskirts, hats, coifs, shoes, fans, embroidered sleeves, bags... none of them will care if you lose weight, and all of them spiff up already spiffy outfits.

Oh, and loose gowns to wear over your soon to be new clothes.

Congrats on losing weight!
May. 2nd, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And thank god for accessories! :-D
May. 2nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
As I have lost weight I have found where the good thrift stores are and will peruse them from time to time. Considering my weight loss goal is around 70 lbs I certainly didn't want to be spending loads of money on "in-between" clothes. I have found some really good items (price tags still on them) at thrift stores, it just sometimes takes some hunting and pecking.
May. 2nd, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Excellent idea! And congrats on your weight loss too! Keep up the good work!
May. 2nd, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity (and because I can only think of seeing this style for Spanish, and not French), how much weight would you lose before something like this would no longer work?

Horray on losing weight, though!
May. 2nd, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Pretty much the same. Boned doublets are also self-supporting and thus will present the exact same problem. We had the same quandary with Cat at KASF. The boning may be lighter or set in a different way, but the principle is the same. Even the self-supporting 15th Century gamurras and the earlier gothic fitted dresses will give you fits when they are no longer self supporting. :-(

Different construction, same idea.

This holds true even when your doublet is not self-supporting, and you are wearing bodies underneath. It may be a little bit more forgiving, but not by much.
May. 2nd, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I don't know how well you can predict your shape-to-be, but making the bodies a little small for your size now and making them back-lacing will give you that adjustable leeway until you get to your ideal weight. If you make them to lace about 1.5" open in back now, they'll come close to closing when you lose the rest of the weight. And if you point your petticotes to them (heh), you won't have to deal with loosening petticote waistbands because they'll adjust with the bodies.

This, of course, doesn't solve the problem with your overgarments. But you have to start somewhere.
May. 2nd, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. A little small may do the trick ;-)
May. 2nd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
I am in a similar situation. I was actually going to shoot you an email and see if the barony could use some nice garb for the gold key? I'll alter some of it, but the many seamed ones I'm not fussing with.

I also have instituted a rule that I only by one new pair of pants 2 sizes down since I'm still losing weight and have more to go. Which means I have one pair that fits great (the new one) and a few pairs which are horribly baggy. I have taken the nice dress pants to the tailor (I can do it myself, but why for only $12).

Keep up the good work!
May. 3rd, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm . . . I think I will start looking for a tailor for alterations of my nice stuff. Anything I can save is good.

On the Silver Key, I think we can use it. Would you like to shoot an email to our Chatelaine? He's the person to talk to :-)
May. 4th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
I'll email him when I get it gathered up and it's ready for pick up
May. 2nd, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Too small bodies are okay, as you can always adjust even if you have a gap.

Too big bodies, not so much.

I hear ya - same dilemma :( I think I'm going to take kass_rants advice for the next pair and make them with a sizeable gap!
May. 3rd, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
I think that's an excellent idea. :-)
May. 4th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
30 pounds down, 5 up, and 30 more down to go
I have no wearable garb except for the roman that lisette_1528 made for my Pennsic wardrobe last year. She saved my a$$ with that favor.

We are currently working on a loose kirtle to wear under my loose gown (see my latest journal post for details). Of course, the loose gown also has to be reworked (I'm thinking of changing it from the front closing to the open bottom. It'll look prettier with the lower velveteen guard I need to add).

I am only making one Complete Outfit at a time. I figure that the 'fat girl' outfit will last me until I can get the Italian V-neck fitted dress completed. I'm hoping to have at least two late period outfits for Pennsic and then I need to hem my roman (I'm down to one Roman outfit :0 )
May. 4th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: 30 pounds down, 5 up, and 30 more down to go
Awesome work on the 30lbs! Kudos to you girl! ;-D

And yeah, thank goodness for Roman. It is so flattering and a real life saver.
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