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Monday, September 19, 2011

Another try

I bought this sewing machine 40 years ago and have never had it worked on! Now that is getting your money's worth and yes I have sewed on it a lot over the years. It all began when I was competing in fast draw and it was required to wear western clothing (pants and shirts with a yoke on it, boots or moccasins and a hat as optional). The cost of those little tops with a yoke were way out of my budget so the best thing I could think of was learning to sew and make them myself. It was a process but  back then polyester was the rave so fit was easier to accomplish and mistakes easy to over see. I made a lot of my clothes back then and even some of my hubby's. Guess maybe I wore myself out with it because I didn't sew for years with the exception of mending and adjusting good buys from the goodwill.

This sewing machine has sewed everything I put under the presser foot and pretty much adjusted the tensions itself. It still works as good as new but the plastic casing around it isn't faring so well.....
Now I could go and buy me another one but I am just a little partial to this one.

Maybe you are in a contented place with your clothes and body but I am struggling. Like most I have acquired the over 60 fullness. I can remember saying "I would give anything to have bigger boobs!" Well, I got them but little did I know that I would have to give up the flat tummy and little waist to get them.

I recently bought this book and have enjoyed reading it so far. The author points out that we often find ourselves in new roles with no guidelines. I don't want to have surgery and diet and etc. and try to look younger than I am but I also don't want to look like a bag lady either. One of the suggestions was to set aside a small area in your closet for your "feel good" clothes.
This is the definition of feel good clothes:
Clothes that fit and flatter your body, whatever its size.
Clothes that are comfortable to wear.
Clothes that help you feel the way you want to feel.
Clothes that give you confidence.
I was surprised to find that I had very few clothes that qualified. I hate to shop and rarely find things I like so I thought I might give sewing a try again. I have always dreamed of having one of those wardrobes where you can mix and match things and I  have tried to accomplish this many times in the past with not much success but upon reading this little quote the other day
"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try"  I am giving it another go.......

Hear is a warning though...much like everything else about yourself, your feel good closet will be unique

One small accomplishment....silky to the touch, goes with several different bottoms and comfortable and it looks better on me than on the hanger:)


TexWisGirl said...

your last statement is what we all wish for, isn't it? :)

Chatty Crone said...

Very pretty - wish I had kept my machine - I have nothing. I know exactly what you mean about the clothes. And of my goodness I don't need bigger boobs!


Shammickite said...

I bought my Singer sewing machine in 1967 and it must have sewed miles and miles of seams in those years, and it's still going strong. I'm sewing baby quilts now. Each of my grandchildren has a hand made baby quilt, and now I'm hoping to sell some on Etsy. Keep your fingers crossed that my faithful Singer will keep sewing for another few years!

Flora said...

Good for you to get back into sewing!! I find I go in spurts of sewing my has been awhile since the last spurt...It's hard enough getting mending done these days it seems?

Nancy said...

Hang on to that sewing machine and keep it in good working order. The newer ones contain too much plastic in my opinion.

Farmchick said...

Big boobs are over rated I think...not that I have them, but anyway! In my forties now, things about me have already changed after having children, etc.. Life goes on and we must adjust!

Lady Di Tn said...

You go girl!!!! I told my sister I was going to the Y 2 or 3 times a week and she asked "Are you trying to loose weight?"No, if it happens good but I am just trying to feel better." was my reply. This makes me wish to pull out my old machine. Peace

Allison said...

It's beautiful... and so much wisdom in a feel good closet!

Granny Annie said...

I cannot sew. Once I made an apron in Home Economics class (didn't we all?} but even under close supervision it still was a disaster. Thank God my daughter had two grandmothers who sewed beautifully and inspired her. My daughter can make everything from clothing to costumes for the kids to home decorating items. I am jealous but not jealous enough to buy a sewing machine.

How you made those western shirts is a marvel to me. I bought one once at a yard sale and sold it on eBay for $180. Guess there are some cowboys out there who cannot sew either