Things have been rather heavy of late. Heavy heart, heavy mind, heavy body. Everything feels as though it’s a chore, but I’m hoping life is on the improve. I’ve missed the sewing community, although I’ve been sifting around the background peering from afar. And I’ve missed sewing, but for the past few months it has been out of my reach as I’ve sat in survival mode.
I started the Salida Skirt by True Bias at least 2 months ago and only finished it last week by bribing myself with the opportunity to acquire more fabric if only I stitched on the waist band and completed the hem. I’m slowly working on a new wardrobe, sizing up as I try to settle into my post menopausal body. I haven’t found the freedom or delight that some women find with this change, just frustration and disappointment. At the moment I’ve stopped actively fighting it, and am just sitting with it. I feel there is still a lack of acceptance around it for myself and I’m struggling with finding a new wardrobe that flatters and is comfortable. My old style no longer seems to work and I’m searching for new patterns that fit and look good. I’ve even resorted to buying some RTW of late as a gap stop. But there’s my white female privilege poking her little head out.
Importantly, I’ve finished the skirt which I adore and may well be the 70’s corduroy skirt of my dreams. I’ve made up the Salida skirt, view B, in a floral needlecord corduroy from the Fabric Godmother. It has a little stretch so whilst I made up the skirt in my size according to measurements, I took the side seams in 1cm each side to get a more snug fit. I also moved the skirt hook over a little further than instructed to pull the waistband in tighter to accommodate my waist to hip ratio.
The instructions were wonderful, no head scratching moments. And a video guides you through the fly zipper with ease. The details are also very thoughtful including front and back yokes, topstitching and fly which gives a professional finish.
I definitely plan to make another, perhaps in this amazing leaf green from Tessuti. These will be a staple in my work wardrobe as the feeling is cosy and warm with a little flare.
Photos by Bruce. Salida Skirt pattern from True Bias. Fabric from The Fabric Godmother. Equipment Shirt purchased off Ebay. Tights by Wolford. Hair piece by Gardens of Whimsy. Shoes from Scarlett Jones.
I’m sorry to hear things aren’t great for you Pips. I had a full hysterectomy Oct last year, so we may be I. Similar circumstances. I reckon wrap designs are the go. I’ve never enjoyed anything waisted anyway so no loss for me, but if you prefer waisted garments I can imagine it’ll be quite a change. I’m just off for some manual lymphatic drainage – is it just me or do we store fluid like camels now? Wishing you good health and awesome garments going forward. X
The full hysterectomy is not quite what it is made out to be. The body just goes off to do it’s own thing, yet again. And yes, fluid retention….. I’ll have to give the wrap dress a go. I’ve seen a couple floating around but haven’t tried one yet. Thanks for the recommendation. xxx
Absolutely beautiful, Pip. Glad to see you ever-so-slowly getting back into your hobbies.
thanks Siobhan. My first proper sew since coming back from overseas. It’s good to be back at the machine! xxx