Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rambling Thoughts on Thursday

Several people emailed me to say my blog was down today. Thank you so much for alerting me. I have no idea why Blogger took it down. The message I got was that there was "suspicious activity". I'm not sure what that is. I haven't even gotten a Spam comment. I hope I have fixed it. So now on to the rambling thoughts.....

Yesterday I had a 30% off coupon for Kohls burning a hole in my purse so off I went to spend it. I had planned on purchasing some new capris like the ones I bought last year. They were basic denim capris by Gloria Vanderbilt Plus. Well, you know where this is going - they don't make that style anymore. So I looked around to see what else might work and grabbed the only other GV style they had and headed to the fitting room. Hmmm... fit nice, not too snug. a bit of spandex for my well padded dimensions... and then I turned around. OMG!! There was sparkly embroidery on the rear pockets - my backside was bedazzled - ackkk!!! Who thought that adding sparkly stuff to the back of plus sized pants was a good idea? My rear already draws enough attention to itself, it does not need any help. Needless to say I returned them to the rack and the coupon is still in my purse.

When I got home I went online and found what I was looking for - leftovers from last season but I'm happy to have snagged a dark denim pair and a pair in yellow. Yes, I will probably resemble a plump banana but at least I won't be bedazzled.

The whole experience reminds me why I dislike clothes shopping anymore. I'm short and I'm plump. I think I'm doing the world a service by keeping my flesh under wraps. No one wants to see my bat wing arms or my pudgy thighs, but it is getting harder and harder to find clothes that suit me. Now I know I have a warped sense of fashion, but its not my fault. I had 12 years of Catholic education. I thought a white blouse and a pleated plaid skirt was a de riguer wardrobe. I have evolved from white blouses to white t-shirts. (Love the Saturday T-shirts from LL Bean). I buy several every season since I'm what you'd call a "messy eater" and have a cache of "gardening shirts" that sport ice tea, catchup and salad dressing stains.

But I'd like to expand my wardrobe a bit and the other day I found out that the Tova shirt pattern is available as a pdf for $10. verykerryberry is doing a sew-a-long which I want to join. I'm hoping this pattern will not resemble maternity wear on me. I have to say all the gals who've shown their creations on the flickr site seem to be tall and thin. I like the kinda bohemian 70's vibe of this top - and it covers all the body parts I want to gloss over. Maybe this weekend I can sew up something new.

So if you've read this far I appreciate it. I had no idea that clothing decisions would become such a confusing experience at this stage of life. Am I the only one?

Happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Giggle. I often wonder why the powers that be think flaps on back pockets (I call them butt flaps)are attractive.

  2. I hate shopping, I will not try anything on at the store, I will bring it home and if it doesn't fit the bill, it goes back.

  3. I'm right there with you Carol. There has to be an easier way.

    I recently bought a pair of paints, because they fit and I needed something to wear. Later found out that what I thought was a zippered pocket was a zipper to no where. What is the point of that?

  4. I am there too--short and extra 'fluffy'==so I have the same problem--
    but shoe shopping is even worse--I have a short foot==but wide--my bones are wide on the feet--
    so last year i found a pair of slip on sandals that I loved and that are comfortable==and I later checked online and found the same shoes in different colors--so I ordered a pair of each color and I am still wearing last summers pair--so I am set awhile there--the sandals came from Sears--same thing with my walking sneaker==they were from Pennys so the next time they came on sale, I got two more pairs--don't think I need to shoe shop for awhile now!!!
    Hugs, Di

  5. Your shopping experiences are very similar to mine! LOL

  6. I hear ya. I tried on my own clothes for a trip to AZ and was so discouraged. I ordered a skirt fron Garnet Hill and it's going back. Way too long and way too flowy for a short person.

    I hated the midriff baring stage where all the t shirts were too short. Hated that. The low rise jeans and pants I'm still trying to get rid of. Just make clothes that real people can wear! Please!

  7. Ok, I can no longer sip my Pepsi while reading your blog! Why? Oh, you just made me spew it all over the computer screen with your "bedazzled" situation at the store. OMGosh you are so cracking me up!

    Oh, and just so you know, when you are over 40 (clearing of throat here) it's called "Angel wings" not bat wings. Just wanted to clear that up! I can't have you going around calling the stuff hanging from my arms bag wings, it might catch on...nope, it's Angel wings all the way!

    I can't wait to see what you sew in the SAL...I am looking forward to see the finished shirt.

    Wishing you a wonderful day filled with many blessings.

    Vicki :)

    Remember, it's angel wings....say it with me...angel wings. :)

  8. I always lamented the fact that when I was young and had a pretty nice shape, I couldn't afford lots of pretty clothes. When I got older and could, my body was no longer cute. We have a CJ Banks at our mall (plus sizes) and they have great stuff. There is a website, too. A little pricey, but they do have good sales. Hope you're enjoying this wonderful, weird weather in March!

  9. OMG, this was funny! Thanks for the laugh, but clothes shopping is pretty awful for us taller and slightly less fluffy girls too. I can never get pants long enough and lots of tops are just too short. The loose and drapey look isn't wanted--I already have loose and drapey parts I want to cover! Who is it in the fashion world that thinks cap sleeves are good on anyone who weighs over 150 pounds? sigh. I'm considering sewing some clothes too!


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