- weight loss! (mostly shirts and underwear/bras)
- age (yeah, most of my jeans are pushing 6 years old now, and many of my shirts too)
- abuse (shirts and pant legs)
Now I know I want a massage (at $50 a pop for the lady I fell in love with at my first massage), and I need clothing. Underwear and bras are taken care of for now...though more will have to appear once I reach stable weight. That leaves me needing new clothes--and that could be difficult.
You see, I am built a bit...curvy. Shirts are not made for people like me, nor are dress pants/skirts. Boobage just gets in the way a bit, and a waist also adds to the difficulty.
The solution? SEWING! I have the power of a sewing machine and a pretty good skill at using it. I also have an awesomely cheap second hand store here (Tienda de Segundas I love you!). At less than a buck a piece for most items I can buy a lot of clothing and still have room for notions (buttons, additions, buckles etc) to make the clothes my own.
My first eyeopener to this was making a skirt for attending The Rocky Horror Picture Show (we put a showing on here twice a year and I occasionally attend). It started life as a too-small woolen plaid school skirt that hit me at the ankles. It ended as a not-quite-too-short skirt that fit me. The skirt is not quite finished and still needs a couple buckles and a more secure fastening device--pictures will happen when I get that finished. Yeah, yeah, I know, a grown woman fitting about in a school girl skirt...At least I have the figure for it again, and there are no complaints from the hubby! Total output for the skirt: $1 as I already had thread, so probably $3 total with fasteners and buckles. Yay!
So now I will be going on a shopping expedition to see what clothes could be easily altered to fit me and look nice all at the same time. Jeans I will probably still buy new, but shirts and skirts tend to be much simpler. I am going to have to find a good Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoon to go, since that is the only time the shop is open.
I will, of course, try to have before and after shots when I remember. I did the skirt so fast (and on a whim) that I forgot to take a before. Oh well!