Wednesday, June 23, 2010


My mom is a very creative person, she sews beautifully. She used to make a lot of our clothes when I was a girl and we had many of the matching mother daughter outfits that were very popular back in the day!

I asked her to teach me how to sew when I was in 6th grade. I wanted to be able to make clothes. (In those days you could make them a LOT cheaper than they cost to buy, unlike now.) By the time I was in high school, I was able to make money by sewing for other people. I made all but 2 of my prom and other dance dresses.

Now that I have been losing weight, I have the machine out because, as Karen puts it , my pants are hanging low. At first I was just nipping in the waistbands. Then I took a little more in at the waist and through the booty area to remove the sag. Last weekend I noticed that the crotch of some of my capris are hanging halfway down to my knees. So I am taking out zippers and cutting off waistbands and putting in new elastic waistbands, which brings them up several inches.

I am just being cheap. I don't want to buy new clothes for the summer when I fully intend to be much slimmer by next year... and I can't tuck in, so no one can see the waistbands anyway! I am sure my mom would tailor the pants the proper way, make them smooth and elegant - don't tell her...Okay?


smalltownmom said...

Clever AND economical. Nothing wrong with that. I dusted off my sewing machine to hem 3 pairs of pants today. The boy grows so much I never know what lenght to buy, so I get them unhemmed and each pair...gets hemmed a little less (a little longer).

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Wow--I'm impressed. I just talked to my MIL--a phenomenal seamstress who makes "pin money" by doing alterations (like reworking a bridal gown) about sending her a box of jersey skirts I got from Target to take in. She said that will work for a couple of inches, but not much more.