April 28, 2007


I was thinking about women and how we relate to numbers. Numbers freak women out - including me! For instance: our shoe sizes. How many women have you seen a woman wearing a pair of mules that are a size and a half too small with the heel of her foot clearly hanging over the back of the shoe? I have, and it looks very painful to me. How about a woman tipping around because her shoes are literally killing her. My shoe size, although I don't like it, is one thing that I cannot deny. I truly cannot stand foot discomfort or foot pain. What about women who cannot own up to size in clothing (me for one). I am highly displeased with my RTW clothing sizes, but I cannot stand to be uncomfortable in my clothes so now I'm buying some 14's and some 16's (eeeeeek). I don't want my clothes squeezing me all day long. The numbers that shows up when I step on the scale are enough to send me into a deep (temporary) depression. My body measurements (which have steadily increased) are not very pleasing to me either. My age, which is another pair of numbers, is just something I am trying not to trip out about, cause it is definately one thing that I cannot change and the alternative is not something I want to deal with. Since I have started trying to get back into my sewing thing - pattern sizes are tripping me out. I keep wanting to cheat on the numbers hoping that "oh well, maybe since I'm in a 16 in RTW surely I can fit into a 16 pattern" - not so!!!! I once heard Oprah say "we have got to own the numbers".

Ok, I'm gonna start owning this pattern number. And I'm going to start owning up to some other things when it comes to sewing, to name a few:
  • I am going to make a pants muslin and learn to make adjustments to my pants pattern with the time I have left this weekend.

  • I am going to pre-shrink my fabric (got some pre-shrinking as I write as a matter of fact).

I am so ready for spring and so ready for spring clothes. I am so tired of dark colors. I am breaking out! I bought this today:

And this:

And this I already had in my stash:

And this is what I am going to sew it all up on:I got a great deal at Tuesday Morning's on Thursday. Regular price $179.00 on sale for $89.99. Plain and simple but I think it will get the job done. My Singer Diana that was about 25 years old bit the dust (would have cost $250.00 to fix). I have a machine, but wanted to make sure I had a back up so this price was marvelous for that reason.

Well will let you know how I'm doing with "OWNING THE NUMBERS".


  1. Hi Faye.Wow,your blog is looking beautiful! Keep it coming.
    I'm with you.I can't stand to be uncomfortable in my clothing.I'm glad I can sew.After you get the fitting down with pants,you will never want RTW pants again.I can't wait to see what you do with those lovely fabric combinations.

    And in response to your response,I don't think you are stalking (lol).
    I'm very,very happy about having a sewing friend,right here,in Georgia.I'm hoping to meet ya.
    Please don't think I'm a stalker (lol).

  2. I know, I've been wanting a buddy since I started sewing again last fall. I use to have one years ago and we would get together on weekends and sew into the wee hours. We have long since lost touch and then I stopped sewing altogether. WE ARE BOTH NOT STALKERS(lol)!

    I'm just playing around with this blog and learning new things - but I do like it. I have several blogs that I visit regularily (yours included) and am loving some of the ones I see.

    Read an article in an old Threads Magazine on how to make a pattern from a pair of RTW pants using masking tape and pattern paper. I want to try it (got to find some pattern paper and the right tape). I made notes on the article to make sure I understood it correctly. I have got to get into making muslins first to make sure I get the fit right. Never made a muslin before - this is a year of learning new things.
    I live in WR but work in Macon and sometimes go to Hancocks there. We are bound to meet there soon!

  3. P.S. it is so nice to know that someone is reading my blog!!! Besides me (lol).



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