I wrote this to Gailete in response to her note in the “Tips For Spring Cleaning” thread, but changed it to this heading to keep from further sabotaging that topic. Her name did not come up on the TO list so could not put it in.
I know the reason I have so much trouble fitting myself is because that is exactly what I am doing… fitting myself! It’s all a bit of trial and error. I have asked for help but it has not been from someone who understood what I wanted and you probably know who that is. Ah well. My younger daughter is a great help, but she lives miles away and I see her about 2x a year. I haven’t been sewing enough in the past 10 years to be as proficient at it as I once was either. I know, excuses, excuses. Every time I read about fitting I think I’ve got it solved, but I’m still working on it! Hot weather is coming up and I get so tired of having nothing to wear that is decent enough to go out among ’em in. Layering does not work for hot weather. Sleeveless garments make me feel uncomfortable and I detest pants in hot weather, so there’s my dilemma. I have two or three loose fitting A-line knit dresses I purchased that are just right, but they need replacing and I cannot find any light weight pretty knits to sew with. I’ve tried the cotton like the quilting cotton, but it just doesn’t drape well. I ordered some voile I liked on the EmmaOneSock site this spring and it would be perfect, but I was thinking blouse not dress when I got it so do not have enough fabric for a dress.
I should be sending this to you email because it has nothing to do with spring cleaning!
I also got my buttonholes finished. By loosening the stitch length just a turn the buttonholer decided that’s all it needed. That was after ripping 3 times. I would try it on my test fabric piece and it would work fine, but get hung up on the garment. I was ready to hand sew the things. To be fair to the machine and the company that made it… I finally opened my user guide to buttonholes and was refreshed on a few things I had forgotten like adjusting the tension.
Have you discovered any good ways to dress “cool” and still look good? (I’ve lost some extra wt, but not enough to want to display what no one wants to see) My goal is to camoflage not emphasize, does that make any sense?