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*sigh* I always thought it would be better once I lost weight. I… - cellophane
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renniekins
renniekins
*sigh* I always thought it would be better once I lost weight. I always thought that the reason it was so hard to find clothes was because I was too heavy. Now, however, I'm realizing that it's just me.

I walked out of the sporting goods store this evening with the usual bemoaning thought running through my head: Why isn't anything made to fit meeeeeee?!?!

Shirts work pretty well, but pants are a challenge. Have always been a challenge. Especially sportswear, which for some reason just doesn't seem to come in petite sizes -- at least, not where I shop.

I tried on 10 different pairs of dance-pants, and they all looked stupid. I'm too short for regular sizes. My butt is too big for Junior sizes. I'm too curvy for Girls' sizes. Nothing I tried on looked good on me. My torso is too short. My thighs are too thick, my waist too squishy. I'm just too weird-shaped!

Why? Why isn't anybody else shaped like me? Why won't anybody make clothes to fit me? Why meeeeeeee???

(Don't mind me. I'm just frustrated because I can't find anything I want to wear to dance class. Darn tall dancers and athletes out there! I'll be better soon though....just ranting a bit. (um, yeah, can you tell?))
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anderale From: anderale Date: July 28th, 2003 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am shaped just like your description! You are not alone. I'm 5'2" and I apparently have midget legs. No problem with tops, but pants are sent straight from hell to torture me. If they fit in the butt, then the waist is too big, if they fit in the waist, I wouldn't know because I couldn't get them up past my pudgy thighs.

*grumble*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 29th, 2003 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, I'm 5'1", so we must be fairly similar. It's so frustrating! Glad to know I'm not alone, at least...
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: July 28th, 2003 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do what my mom (4'11")does, alters what she likes so it fits right.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 29th, 2003 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, well, I don't have a sewing machine, and I can't exactly sew well. I can do buttons... occasionally I get my mom or a friend to hem things for me. In fact, my one pair of dance pants that do fit fairly well I did that.
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: July 30th, 2003 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sometimes think sewing is the only answer. Only with school, I don't have time these days. Luckily, it's my arms that are too short. I bless whoever it was that didn't make arms an emotionally charged area for women. Having my sleeves too long doesn't make me feel inferior; it just makes me want to roll up my sleeves.

Seriously, it takes time to learn to sew well, but it's very empowering when THEY just won't make what you need. There you are, with a big shiny pair of scissors and sewing music on, saying gleefully, "Take THAT, shitty old Department Store!" There's a lot of ripping, but a lot of joy.

But if you do it, heed my advice: start with knits.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 31st, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it doesn't bother me that most of my sleeves are too long. Even when people tease me about it, I just laugh.

I did successfully shorten some spagetti straps on a dress awhile back....but it was a struggle. Perhaps I will look for a cheap machine someday...it certainly would be nice to be able to make stuff fit!

Start with Knits? Like sweaters ? Why?
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: July 31st, 2003 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Knits like skirts, shorts, tops, or casual pants made from t-shirt knits, jersey, interlock, and other fabric euphemisms for NOT WOVEN. Because the fit is more forgiving and you don't have to worry about finishing the edges of the seams to prevent raveling. Just one less step between you and "I made that!"

Simplicity had at one time (and may still) some patterns called "one hour dress" "one hour top". They'd take more than an hour for a new sewer to sew, but they're not tough and they're all knits.

It does take a long time to learn to sew *well*, and along the way are a number of UFOs (unfinished objects). And your standards tend to increase as your skills do. (I don't just want them to fit; I want them to fit well. I don't just want them to fit; I want them to make my butt look fabulous. It just keeps on going.) But when it works, it's so delightful. And casual sportswear of the kind that's so hard for you to find is reasonably easy to sew. You have to follow the instructions in the pattern (or books) to alter for your height, but once you've sewn a few things, you know what changes you need to make and make them automatically.
siri_girl From: siri_girl Date: July 28th, 2003 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
ugh, i so know what you're talking about. i'm about 5'5" and... um, i don't know what weight, but i'm in decent shape and i can still NEVER find pants that fit. the problem for me is my freakishly long torso and comparatively short legs. anything that fits in the waist is inches too long in the legs and anything that fits in the legs has enough waist room for me to store another person in there. (which could occasionally come in handy ;-)).

seriously, most decent pants i end up getting altered and most jeans i just walk on the hems till they wear off, or turn up the cuffs a bit. it's an imperfect solution for an imperfect world.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 29th, 2003 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I know how much I weigh, and it's not all *that* much...but I guess it's just in all the wrong places. Quite annoying.

However, hm, storing another person in there could come in *quite* handy! Especially depending on what they were doing while there....ha-ha!
figure_skater From: figure_skater Date: July 28th, 2003 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry you were frustrated! Lord knows I understand! Shopping and I have a love/hate relationship. I LOVE getting new things but I HATE when I try on something and I wear a bigger size than I want or it just looks bad on me. Grrr...well anyways I know I'm not much of a help (sorry!) but I just wanted you to know that you're definitly NOT alone!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 29th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I know what you mean. I love it when I find something new and cute. But it is so hard to find pants I like, that look good on me. Way too often I just end up walking out of there hating my body and the clothing industry....arrrrgh! Thanks though. At least it's not just me!
bighoward From: bighoward Date: July 28th, 2003 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hell, you think you've got problems. I have to do all my shopping at Mich Tent & Awning. I stopped at a garage sale. The lady said said "Are you looking for something ?" and I said "Yeah, I needa new bra, haVE YOU GOT ANYTHING IN A '62 LONG ? Howard
renniekins From: renniekins Date: July 29th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
awww, poor Howard. Maybe Chad can let you borrow his Easy-Up when he's not using it!
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