I said I was going to make myself wear patterns again. I told myself that if people out in the world want to think a large lady shouldn’t wear polka dots or loud prints then let ‘em! I’ve been hiding for so long now in shame because I hate my body so much. It has deprived me of the joy I experience wearing patterns. Especially stripes and dots. It has made dressing a dreary affair. My clothes are all exactly the same. I look like I wear the same thing every day because I do. I have 3 of every shirt. Now, the pants I wear are still the only ones I’m going to wear for comfort. I like them. It’s a style I wore before I got really fat so until a day comes when I’m not this size I will continue to wear the exact same style in the same fabric.
However – I am making tops in patterns, as you have seen here already. The Cannibalistic Hot Dog Over-shirt and the Sherbet Top with striped details have taken me way out of my comfort zone. I photographed the cabbage rose smock too but lost them with the great computer erasure. I will photograph them again and show you. But today I am showing you the polka dot knit top I made.
I have been experimenting with my Pfaff’s knit stitches since I don’t have a cover stitch machine. Zig-zag stitches give clothes a homemade amateur look so I don’t like to use them. This is my favorite knit stitch on my machine.
My tunic pants. I usually only wear them in black and brown. I cut this pair out at least a year and a half ago but never finished them. I finished them yesterday. On all my previous pairs of tunic pants I’ve left all the hems as serged edges. While I like this look it allows the hems to shred over time which makes my clothes look shoddy. Doing knit hem stitches on my machine is tedious – it goes very slowly – but I’m now making myself hem everything so it all looks nicer and lasts longer.
Robin wanted to see my striped pyjamas. Here they are! The sleeves aren’t different lengths – I promise. I just didn’t adjust the shirt well before taking pictures and didn’t notice until I was editing the pics. So – the pants are the same pattern than I use for my tunic pants but without the skirt. Very comfortable. I may end up wearing the shirts as clothes and make two more pyjama tops that aren’t polyester. I made a huge error, one I rarely ever make, and thought this fabric was a rayon with spandex blend (95% and 5% respectively). I know I looked at the bolt end but somehow I got it in my head that it was rayon. I don’t wear polyester. Polyester is an awful fiber. It doesn’t breath, it’s essentially made of plastic chips (I got to see polyester in its original state in a fiber exhibit years ago), it will not break down in a landfill until the earth explodes, and if you get caught in a fire wearing polyester it will melt onto your skin. Your skin will not recover from that.
But I have two of these shirts now and I don’t have much of a fabric budget so I will wear these. The summer weather is arriving early this year, though, and sleeping in a fiber that doesn’t breathe is NOT NICE. I do love the way this stripe looks. For my real pyjama tops I’m going to buy some cotton t-shirt knits online. Cotton breathes much nicer and so is better for sleeping in. Well, it’s better for everything.
Today I’m going to cut out new tunic-pants in black since all of my pants are full of holes and the hems are pitifully shredded. I love the look of my pyjamas so much and they’re so comfortable that I think I’m going to make a few pairs for day-wear and then make some drapey tops to throw over them.
If you have any projects you’ve just finished – show them to me! Link them in the comments so I can see!