So, I have a totally stupid sewing problem. My arthritis is weird enough that my rheumatologist thinks that it might be food related, so he sent me to a naturopathic nutritionist that works at the same clinic. There are a lot of people who are resistant to investigating food as the source of their illness, but I already have celiac disease and know how much of an impact food can have. (A little teeny tiny bit of soy sauce can knock me out for 2+ days.) I am now on my third elimination diet (where they strip away possible allergens in your diet) and have lost about 20 pounds. (First we reduced amines, then I was on a grain-free elimination diet, and now we are testing salicylates.) This new diet is really strict, but I am cautiously optimistic about it, since the last one made me super sick. However, this is going to take a while longer to work out.
Now, my sewing policy has always been to sew for the size I am right now. Not what I want to be, or where I might be later. Right now. But, I seem to still be losing weight and am hesitant to whip up a bunch of clothes that won't fit me later. But I need new clothes, because the old ones are getting too baggy. I am starting to have a little more energy, but I need to approach any sewing with a plan.
1) See if I can take in some older stuff.
2) Sew new clothes in such a way that they would be easy to take in later if I need to.
3) Choose styles that aren't fitted so it won't be so noticeable if they are a little big.
I'm going to go to the store tomorrow and get a few things, but I hate shopping. What I really want to do is whip up the Hollyburn skirt from Sewaholic, but I'm holding off. Grr. Does this sound like I'm being whiney over something a lot of people would celebrate? Well, let me lay it out for you. I would happily be a size 16 forever if I did not have arthritis. Also, elimination diets are really hard. I cannot tell you how much I just want Indian or Mexican food right now. I have not had a chile or a tomato in forever. Sigh. Yes, I'm being a whiner, but I'm just going to embrace it. But seriously, I want this skirt.