Friday, November 12, 2010

The Fork in My Road

Well, the July conference sewing was a bust. My floral shirt looked good and fit well. The pink top is too pink and the gathering under the boobs is disgusting. The white slacks fit good, but the linen pants stretched out and wrinkled and looked like crap when I wore them the first time.

My interests have changed tremendously since my last post. After the linen trouser fiasco, I put sewing to the side. I spent the summer enjoying my eldest daughter who is currently teaching in Afghanistan and my youngest daughter who lives in Lubbock, TX. I happened to watch a video that we made for work, and I was shocked by how fat and outta shape I appeared. So, I bought P90X and have been working out. Unfortunately, I got the stomach flu with all the trimmings and my workouts got postponed for 2 weeks. When I got back on the horse, it was a whole new experience. I had no stamina at all!! So, this week, I started back up again.

If asked, I would have to say that I am a very simple woman. I don't need a lot to keep me happy, and I don't complain a lot either. However, being majorly pragmatic, I hate to waste anything: time, money, etc. Right now, I have a ton of sewing experience, minimal sewing talent, a closet full of fabric, a million patterns (give or take 100 or so), and a job that requires that I look at least semi-professional.

I want to get in shape (which assumes that I will get slightly smaller). I want to use of the fabric that I have to fashion usable, wearable garments that are appropriate for work. I want a mix and match wardrobe that is functional. Sewing is a pleasure for me, so I would rather sew than shop; however, I only will wear clothing that fits and is attractive. Shopping offers the advantage of fitting before buying. Sewing offers the advantage of easily avoiding colors that are unattractive and focusing only on colors that compliment my coloring, body shape, etc.

So, where do I go from here?