The Pattern is Butterick 5159 from 1997 (Pic down at bottom of post). It’s a Mother & Daughter pattern. I like Mother & Daughter patterns because they are usually very easy to sew and have a modest, wholesome quality to them. I plan to make the blouse too, but not for a while yet. The jumpers are more necessary as I already have t-shirts to go under them. I’d like to make the blouse though, several of them in fact, because I like wearing an entire outfit that’s homemade. It makes me feel like I’m “ornamenting myself with a meek and quiet spirit”
1 Peter 3:3-4 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; (4) But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
I almost always wear empire waisted dresses and jumpers and this jumper is not empire waisted. I made up the first one to see how it looked and decided I liked it. The waist falls right above the curve of my hip so it makes my torso look longer. As one commenter pointed out, I noticed how it looked a little bit like a vest over a skirt and sort of liked that look too.
The sizes of this pattern are from 6 through 18. I made the size 18, not sure if it would fit or not, but it did. Yay! I’ve had to make a size 22 for the past several years, so it’s sort of wonderful to be sewing in the teens again. Many, many patterns go up to size 18, but no larger. It’s like a whole new world of patterns has opened up for me and I feel a little giddy about it. 🙂
This week my Mom is helping me clean out the boys room and get it ready for the warm weather. Going through all their clothes and all their toys and sports stuff and Jimminey Cricket it’s a lot of work! She’s talking about helping me paint which would be lovely, but would make the project take longer. Still, new paint is good. My Granny (85) has decided to buy the boys new beds. I’m not sure why. She takes notions sometimes and has decided this is something she is determined to do. So I gave their old bunk beds to Mom for her new house, for the guy’s bedroom there. For this week and next, the boys are sleeping on couches while Mom and I get the bedroom done. And then we’ll let Granny buy the beds (she wants to do it right now, but there’s no room to store them in the meantime). Since I’ve got my next couple of weeks busy with this project I doubt I’ll have much time to sew, but when I do I’ll blog about it.
ON the diet front, I am doing Low-Carb. I really enjoyed the comments from the last diet post. Well, some of them made me feel defensive, but most were very kind and I want to say thank-you. I’m going to try Atkins, I mean really give it my all, and see what happens. If things go like my fantasy imagination–I’ll loose 50 more pounds and then reconsider my options. I think of the weight loss phase of Atkins as a temporary measure. I’m hoping a more liberal diet made up of moderate carb or smart carb or good carb or slow carb or glycemic index based carbs will allow me to maintain the weight loss. Not exactly sure yet. I do better when I just think about today. Today I’m on track. Today I lost 3 pounds of water weight overnight. Today I am planning fried cabbage and kielbasa for lunch. I still don’t know what to make for dinner, but am thinking of ground beef and zucchini.
Low-Carb has a few advantages that other diets don’t have. I’m trying to focus on the bright side, to make it easier on myself. These advantages are . . .
- Zero Hunger. Absolutely none. Nada. Zip. Zero. I love this especially because when I do low calorie I have to go so low that I find myself fighting off hunger every few hours, several times a day. With LowCarb there is no hunger. The food is especially filling and if you want a snack you just have one. How cool is that?!
- The food is luxurious. Real heavy cream. Real cream cheese. Mayonnaise, homemade or store-bought. Full Fat cheese of every shape and form. Brie, Swiss, Cheddar, Colby, all of them, and in large amounts. Fish with butter sauce. Chicken with genuine Alfredo sauce. Broccoli with Hollandaise sauce. I love Hollandaise sauce. Mmmm, maybe I’ll make fish with hollandaise for dinner. That would be delish! Desserts are rich, filling and decadent. I’m a little bit of a hedonist when it comes to good food, even cheap food should taste good. Peanut butter, chocolate, pound cake (made with almond meal instead of flour), coconut, pecans, walnuts. And as long as carbs are kept low, desserts do not stall weight loss. Amazing!
- Rapid, genuine weight loss. This is probably the best part. I usually lose about 3 pounds a week, the first couple of weeks I lose faster. But when I settle into it 3 pounds a week is my average. For a woman who has to exercise like a fiend and starve herself like a fashion model to lose even 1 pound a week, this is astonishing to be sure.
I wanted to mention that I had a mild case of bulimia and anorexia when I was a teenager. The bulimia was brought on by a case of Hepatitis I didn’t even knew I had until I was about over it. Anyway I was bulimic for about 5 years. I didn’t throw up every day and I didn’t make myself throw up. I did throw up at least once a week though and I was terribly ashamed of myself. Did everything I could to make myself not do it, but it happened anyway. If I overate in the least I would vomit, so I developed a mild form of anorexia to keep myself from vomiting. If I didn’t eat too much, then I wouldn’t vomit. My lowest weight was right over 100 pounds at 5 ft 4″ with small bone structure. I can honestly say I was too thin. My ideal weight is between 115 and 135. To be honest, that weight seems like a fairy tale to me right now, but hopefully, the Good Lord willing, I’ll see it again before too long.
Anyway, when I finally was diagnosed with hepatitis it was a relief to know that it wasn’t memaking myself vomit so much, it was a symptom of the disease. I had a similar experience with PCOS. It made me gain weight, even when I tried so hard to prevent it. Turned out it was the disease making me gain so much so fast. That was a relief too. In both cased I blamed myself and believed that there was something intrinsically flawed in me, Maggie. When in reality both were symptoms of health conditions. There’s a lesson for me in there somewhere.
Anyway, I’m not worried about becoming anorexic or bulimic again. If those things pop up I’ll see the doc about hepatitis and I won’t blame myself. Additionally, if I eat a lot of carbs and gain weight, I know it’s from the carbs interacting with the PCOS and the only blame I’ll take is for eating the carbs when I know better.
I’ll let everyone know when I hit Onderland. That’s when the scale starts registering in 100’s instead of 200’s. Hee, I’m anxious to be there. If anyone has questions, I’m willing to answer. I’m feeling stable and secure about my decision now, so my skin has thickened considerably and I’m not feeling so tender hearted as I was. 🙂