sewing, sewjo, weight

Sewing and Weight Changes (Mini Post)

Hey Guys,

Dropping in with this week’s promised mini post.

This week I didn’t sew for myself but I made a couple of dresses for my daughter. Not totally sure I’ll get to post a picture of her wearing either of them but If I do I’ll try to post them.

The subject of today’s post is about the challenges of sewing when there are weight changes in either direction, up or down. Based on my on personal experience,this is a real sewjo sapper.

It’s really hard to put time, money, effort, and energy into making clothing for a body that you aren’t thrilled about or that you view as temporary.

I’ve personally been dealing with this issue for the past 3 years. Right around the time that I lost my mom, my weight started to climb. On a visit to my doctor, I was strongly encouraged to lose weight for health reasons. After leaving the doctor’s office, I was able to lose 8 pounds but I soon put those 8 pounds right back on plus an additional 20 pounds.

Lighter Days – 2016
At My Heaviest – 2017

Basically for me the past 3 years have been a continuous cycle of gaining and losing weight without ever reaching my goal weight. It’s been both exhausting and at times creatively paralyzing.

In addition to not wanting to sew, I haven’t wanted to go back to the doctor because I was ashamed that I can’t seem to get the weight off.

Back in April I decided that I could no longer keep living this way. I realized that nothing would change if I didn’t change. So I committed to walking Monday-Friday on my 30 minute lunch breaks and also with a friend two evenings per week.

Dietwise, I had aready given up sugar and processed foods a month earlier for other reasons but I decided to try Intermittent Fasting also.

Fastforward, exactly a month later and I’ve dropped back to the original weight that I was at 3 years ago when my doctor first said I needed to lose weight.

A Week Ago – 2019



Before I started losing the weight recently , I decided that I am going to keep right on sewing no matter my size with a focus on fit. Wearing clothes that fit my body well, no matter the size makes me feel so much better about myself and my body.

The average amount of weight it takes to move from one dress size to another is about 10 to 15 pounds.


Based on the total amount of weight that I need to lose, there will be a change in the pattern size that I sew so I’ve decided that the next few projects will be quick and easy transitional pieces that can work now and after I’ve reached my goal weight.



Here are a few of the projects that I’m thinking about making over the next few weeks while I work towards reaching my weight goal.

Exposed Elastic Maxi Skirts – I don’t have a pattern or picture to post of this look. It’s something that I saw someone wearing when I was out fabric shopping

Semi-fitted Jumpsuit

A-line Maxi


2 thoughts on “Sewing and Weight Changes (Mini Post)”

  1. Great blog Sis! I lost my dad around the same time you lost your Mom and it’s been difficult to focus on my health but I plan on taking control of my health ASAP. You look beautiful no matter your size but I am so happy you are able to get your health back on track!

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