Sewing a simple V neck top is easy...take a sewing class!
Or go to your largest fabric store and ask for any seamstresses names and have tops made. Once you get a few tops you like and your seamstress can make them easily they may only be a little bit more money and yet you will find what you like, it will fit you and you can get the type of fabric and color you like!!!
You can also look for seamstresses in your area on the internet, in the Yellow Pages, local ads in papers, etc.
I never ever ever ever make round neck tops for myself!!! I understand what you mean about "faulty distribution". When I lose weight, I lose it in my hands, feet and face first; then my breasts, clavicle, back....not until the bitter end do I lose it in my stomach, hips, thighs and calves and it never gets to the point of being evenly disributed (too thin and bony with ribs, face, hands and feet and legs too heavy!!!).View Thread
You are definitely right..... Yes, the average inseam of pants is usually 29 to 32" because that fits women 5'3 to 5'7"...
I think more manufacturers should make both petite and tall items in their lines. I was married to a man 6'4" who needed long rise pants and everything in tall sizes which was challenging but doable. My current husband is 5'3" and he needs short rise pants and long sleeve shirts are always too long....it is almost impossible to find short rise pants but the few we have found for him fit so much better than his wearing regular rise and having the crotch too long! He is overweight so finding pants that are short and wide enough has been impossible...he has to have everything made. He is not a fashion hound and wears the same light blue chambray shirts and shorts. I would like to see him in something else.
Clearly the manufacturers are losing money by not catering to your family and to mine!!!View Thread
It takes super human effort and will power to lose weight and keep it off.
I do a multitude of things including taking Alli whenever I eat anything with fat in it (meat, cheese, etc.). I am hypothyroid and to lose weight I take my prescribed medication. Also, I find Topamax and Wellbutrin both help as a side effect of these meds is losing weight (I am on Topamax for my migraines; and have been on Wellbutrin for depression).
Whatever prescription medications you need to be on, look up the side effects and do not take anything that causes you to gain weight. If you can find any that say losing weight is a possible side effect, ask your doctor to prescribe that.
I constantly go on the internet and type in weight loss/fat burning in Ebay, on Google, etc. and read up and keep trying and doing different things....like Zantrex, Hydrocut, etc. I think that nothing works for everyone and that you have to experiment and change around meds. I take carb blockers, Omega 3, Vitamin D and many more.
I live on cream of wheat or oatmeal for breakfast, fat free crackers/fat free lemon bars, salads, fruit, diet chocolate pudding made with skim milk, 98% fat free frozen yoghurt, Shredded Wheat, Bran Flakes. Everything is low fat or non fat and almost no meat at all. With your diabetes, you should follow a very careful diet that your doctor recommends.
I do very serious ballroom dancing 3 to 5 days a week for 1 to 3 hours each time. You will have to find something you like to do for exercise and be very consistent.
I lost to 124 but that lasted a day.....due to vomiting and IBS of the medications and migraines....I stayed at 130-138 for several months but I am now fighting to stay around 145 (would like to be 125-135). It is a continual fight.
Way to go girl! Depending on how muscled you are and where you carry your weight, you may even be able to be even heavier and be just fine.
It is hard not to be number conscious..... I had lost to 130 mostly due to prescription drugs that caused me to lose weight (side effects of the drugs were losing weight) and I also was using Alli at the same time as well as OTC weight loss drugs. I also was sick vomiting and having IBS due to my fibromyalgia and chronic pain and was dancing a lot. All this in combination I was able to get down to the lowest for me of 124 but that was for a day or two ....where I stayed for a month or two was 130-135 and a size 6 but then when I was no longer on these medications (doctor took me off of them) and my thyroid went awry and I was no longer having IBS/vomiting and I was dancing less due to ankle sprain ....I am now at about 145-150 and a size 8. It is much harder to eat consistently that little that is required to maintain your weight at a lower number, especially when you age and when you are ill with osteoporosis and have less muscle mass tan you once had. Of course, when I gained weight, I didn't gain it back in the breasts....I gained it in the inner thighs and lower stomach!!! The inner thighs are just where I can't have extra weight as a dancer you have to do steps where you keep your legs very close together (then it gets moist and very uncomfortable!) Any suggestions, ladies, besides baby powder? In this summertime heat and humidity in these hot dance studios it is a problem!!! HELP....
I still look pretty good even at this weight but being ill it is very hard to consistently exercise and do what it is necessary to be at the lower weight I would like to be at.... Why do we punish ourselves so? I was at 165-175 for over 25 years and wore a size 12-14 (before doing Alli consistently).
When I lose 5 lbs everyone notices and mentions it. When I improve in my dancing, maybe one in 4 or 5 will say something...... Women are really valued by our weight and our looks much more than our accomplishments....now that would be a thread to post about!
I have subscriptions to my favorite magazines, Glamour, Self, Sew News, Threads.... I don't buy magazines based on the picture. When I do purchase a magazine, I read on the cover what they say is inside and flip through it quickly and if there are several articles or items of value to me, I either read it waiting in line or buy it.
How many eating disorders are started with girls and young women in particular trying to have total control and be perfect? Or after they get a thoughtless and mean comment by someone in their lives that then sets them off on the path of a destructive eating disorder for years or a lifetime? While I think everyone should do what they can for health reasons and it is nice to do what each one can to look good, life has much more depth to it than that!
One of the reasons for the skinny models is that they are much more consistent in their dimensions...a flat board is a flat board is a flat board and a rectangle is a rectangle is a rectangle. A thin model, unless artifically enhanced, is rarely large chested and thus is flat. Being pretty flat thus ensures that a model's shape is more rectangular than hourglass or pear or round (like us non-models out there!). It would be very difficult to make sample sizes to fit everyone's unique shape (non-models that is!).
That said, since I lost weight for a second time (the first from 300 lbs to 175 and now from 175 to 145, I am now a size 8, esp as I carry my weight in my legs. I am amazed that I can wear ready-to-wear clothes, pants and jeans and almost all of them fit me well whereas when I was 300 or even 175, I would have to try on dozens of pants/jeans and other clothes to find something that fit and was flattering. Now rarely does any clothing I buy doesn't fit! So I would think by that, models could be shorter (I'm 5'4") and somewhat larger than they are and the sample sizes would fit most.
I expect any time for cost purposes and ease, clothes will be shown on hangers and not models (just like many commercials on TV now have cartoons or drawings instead of unknown or well-known actors)!View Thread
I saw a doctor years ago and for my height, the weight range that was acceptable was 115 to 165 (from a national doctor in DC). Health has got to start becoming the priority (and we could start talking about the rise in obesity and children being overweight earlier and earlier). Where you store the fat on your body is usually very important to your health....whether or not you will get diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. I genetically carry more weight in my legs (from lower hips to my ankles) yet have a pretty flat waist with an hourglass shape. 30 years ago I weighed 300 lbs and did not care what I looked like. I wore the same two pairs of pants and five tops for years and years. Since I lost the weight, I have now an expansive (and even excessive wardrobe) but since I am a bargain shopper and a sewer and have stayed approximately the same size (size 6 to 12 depending on the style, manufacturer, fabric, etc.). I reveal in it!
I enjoy being thinner and having a great wardrobe and get compliments all the time from my fellow ballroom dancers. We need to support each other's efforts in weight and start doing more physical activity instead of when we get together we eat and drink....go for a walk, go roller skating or bowling or golfting, go dancing..... I rarely go out to eat and don't like the focus on the food that is everywhere.
We need to look at ourselves in the mirror and find things that we like about ourselves....I love my glorious shoulder length thick blonde hair, my impeccable porcelain skin, my shoulders/clavicle and back are beautiful. So my legs are very flabby and large....I dress to show off what is good and work around what I am not so happy about....
Let's all work on doing that instead of being punitive and destructive to ourselves at the expense of lowering our self esteems....and who cares about some arbitrary number? I have a lot of physical pain and issues and I can tell you the number is NOT important. Your health and the people in your life who love you/who you love!View Thread
Take a sewing class and make your own Vneck top! I agree with you abou the round necklines....they really aren't flattering on anyone. I never sew one....I like wrap tops, sweetheart necklines, etc. Go to a fabric store and look at patterns...ask if they have someone who could sew for you if you don't!
Ladies, stop being at the whim of retailers! I have patterns that are over 20 years old. I sew/wear what looks best on me....take an inventory and focus and emphasize the areas of your body you like best. I have genetically awful legs (cankuls, big ankle/big knee bones, very flabby with extra skin from 30 years ago being 300 lbs and yo-yoing from age 12 to 25, losing and gaining 20, 30, 40, 60 lbs back and forth. No shorts for this gal.....caprins or long mid-calf to ankle skirts.
I have gorgeous skin and a beautiful clavicle/shoulder/upper chest area and lovely back so I emphasize these. I have long below shoulder hair that my beautician said was "the 7th wonder of the world" it is in such good shape and so thick and glorious (I wear my hair up 80% of the time in buns, twists, chignons and wear rhinestone hairpins/combs/barrettes and earrings. I have a beautiful symetric face.
Another night of chronic pain from FMS, chronic headaches/migraines, failed neck pain syndrome, etc. Even so, I do my best to go to ballroom dances to keep my weight down to a size 6-8, 145, 5'4" (heavy legs, waist 29", BMI 23..
I weighed 300 lbs 30 years ago and through minimal eating (always being hungry) and dancing, I have kept the weight off.
I sew for myself and thus I can make and wear whatever I want; I don't go to the stores! Learn how to sew or have them made and that will show retailers! Find a physical activity you love and thus will actually do! Take a calorie/fat counting book and find foods you like that are lower in calories and fat (and limit the other foods....I stay true to my eating plan 80-90% of the year. If one is too strident with their eating, they will binge (I know...I did and yo-yoed for years!)
Watch your cholestrol, B/P, and other health factors and use those as your true concern.
And if you don't have chronic pain, thank God every day! Being able to do only one activity a day (need to rest before, activity of 5 min to 4 hours, rest after) to manage pain and have to avoid light, noise, odor, stress, etc. like a hothouse plant needing perfect conditions. Having your doctors persecuted and thus only having about 60% of your pain relieved is cruel.
Everyone will either themselves deal with chronic pain (pain lasting longer than six months/10 days of the month) or have a family member or friend have it. Then they will want full titrated-to-effect pain relief and also addressing side effects/symptoms of your medications/conditions.
I cut out a skirt to sew to wear dancing tonight as my pain kept me from sleeping...if I don't sleep 8 hours within 24 hours, I get a migraine. I went to a dance group class last night and have a afternoon tea dance scheduled today but if I don't get sleep, I won't be up to it.
Don't pay retailers for what they are not giving you...you are better sewing yourself or having a seamstress sew a coordinated wardrobe for your size, coloring, lifestyle 2 to 4 seasons a year.....and no, I don't sew for others....
I wish I could spend one day without worrying about every morsel that I put in my mouth and to not be hungry....we have to raise the next generation better encouraging self esteem no matter what your size and good health and lots of activity; and to not focus on trying to look like 5'10" to 6' tall aborations (what are models 0.5% of the population?)View Thread