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Sartorial confusion

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

I need to get a couple of things straight. One, I did not buy any new clothes today. Two, I did not give any to a charity shop.

Right. What did happen, first (and you'll have to excuse me, I am still reeling from the experience) is that I took my three winter coats to the dry cleaners:

- The thick black wool one, two winters old, a small fit so it is only two sizes too big at the moment ie fits well enough, though it should be three sizes too big.

- The lime green one, same vintage, chewed by moths in one place but ok to wear, loose fit so although it is a size smaller than the above black one the fit of it is more or less the same.

- The vintage fine black wool one, vintage because I bought it in 1986 and love it so much I have never been able to bring myself to get rid of it, one moth hole (that I noticed and it's a recent addition, the moths got it but I got the moths so fingers crossed that's it) and size 16 so still too small but I have Hopes of it.

Three coats, shoved into black bin liner, lugged to the dry cleaners. Will be ready on Tuesday, cost of cleaning the three (23.25).

What do you mean you didn't hear that?

TWENTY-THREE QUID AND TWENTY-FIVE PENCE TO CLEAN THREE COATS.

It's scandalous. I rarely get anything cleaned and this reminded me why.

I staggered back home and had a lie-down and a cup of tea.

Once I'd recovered enough, I shoved a couple more garments in a plaggy bag for the recycling bin. I also - now that I can see what's on there because my coats are all at the cleaners - had a look at the bags hanging from the coat rack in the hall. There were two with stuff in there for the charity shop/recycling bin. Here's where it gets complicated.

One of the bags contained a pair of black needlecord trousers in a size 22 that I decided to get rid of more than six months ago and forgot about. I was getting rid of them because they were too tight and I thought I would never get into them again.

I have just tried them on and they are now too loose.

Yes.

So tomorrow they are going to the recycling bin, but for the opposite reason from the original reason.

As I said, it's been a confusing sort of day.

I measured my waist this morning and I seem to have lost another three centimetres from it. Either that or the technicalities of a tape measure are beyond me. This is quite possible.

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 8/20/2013 3:33PM

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CATNCAG 7/23/2013 5:30PM

    That's great sound like your making great progress! emoticon emoticon

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LBRAUN5 4/25/2013 1:15PM

  emoticon Hope you are still doing great on your journey!

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RITAROSE 1/7/2013 7:04AM

  Great Blog! Best wishes for continued weight loss in 2013! And---have a great week!

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634MEG 12/6/2012 9:05AM

    lose centimeters but don't ever lose your sense of humor!

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FRABBIT 12/3/2012 11:45AM

  Way to go!

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GODDREAMDIVA1 11/28/2012 10:54AM

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GINIEMIE 11/27/2012 9:04AM

    Yep, dry cleaning prices are crazy, especially since they do not check your buttons anymore or make minor repairs like they did sooo many years ago.
Thanks for the chuckle though. I too am finding clothes prepared for donating and not having any better luck fitting into the.

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TEACHEROF4TH 11/24/2012 2:46PM

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/23/2012 10:12AM

    Making great progress. I have let my exercise slide so bad. Must get back on track with that. I have to buy a new winter coat. Put mine on the other night to go grocery shopping and my friend told me he refused to go out with me in that coat. He said I looked like a bag lady. Way too big now. Until I get a new coat all I have is a hoodie. No wonder I have a rotten cold.

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IAMWINNING 11/23/2012 9:29AM

    I love the report on your clothes.....except for the expense of getting the coats cleaned!!!! (thinking of taking a second job to pay for them? Haha)

You're doing so well with getting skinnier. Congratulations!

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NAOLEE 11/21/2012 5:26PM

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VJH-W65 11/21/2012 12:37PM

    Well Done! Next time repair them &
give them to a coat give-a-way
most will clean them before giving them

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SJKENT1 11/20/2012 12:18PM

    Dry cleaning prices are so costly. It's why I only take my winter coats once a year. Which happens to be in the Spring, which is why I sometimes forget they are at the cleaners because I don't need them. And why I am always in a mad dash when I finally do go there because they give them away without telling you. AUGH!!!

Whew! I did pick mine up this year, barely missing the deadline.

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DEBLYNN323 11/20/2012 10:20AM

    emoticon ....lol, love your funny blogs!

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 11/20/2012 3:34AM

    I think the clothing sizes & prices mentioned got lost in translation for me (here in the U.S.) I haven't been to Europe in so long, I've forgotten all about exchange rates. (I just remember that when I went to London & France I had to divide one & multiply the other to compare with U.S. currency.) I think we can all relate to the frustration of unreliable/uninterpretable scales and confusion re: loss of inches/centimeters/clothing sizes (or variations in how clothes fit between sizes) vs. weight, as well as the exorbitant cost of dry cleaning. I share your rage at moths. I H * A * T * E them!!! (Sleezy little demons!) I hear space bags work well to prevent their destruction, not that they are paying me to advertise for them.
Happy month-free Fall & Winter!
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MARYJEANSL 11/20/2012 12:17AM

  That is pretty outrageous - one reason I, like you, avoid the dry cleaners like the plague. Cha-ching, cha-ching... Too bad you have to get rid of the pants without ever wearing them during the period they would have fit. Congrats on the great progress, though!!

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SHAZG321 11/19/2012 11:37PM

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TATTER3 11/19/2012 7:46PM

    I on't knw what a quid is but I loe reading your blogs Keep Sparkin'!!!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/19/2012 5:14PM

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MOMMY445 11/19/2012 2:26PM

    you can do this! keep it up! have a fabulous day!

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MOMOSG 11/19/2012 11:10AM

    Dry cleaning is expensive. I do agree with some of the others that new coats are even more expensive! Great job on your weight loss!

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SOCPAGE 11/19/2012 10:46AM

    shoot, next time, give the coats away and buy treat yourself to something from the charity shop. decorate it with pins or a new scarf, then strut by the cleaners and wave goodbye! congratulations!

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HYATTI1 11/19/2012 10:37AM

    Oops...I think I put it on the wrong blog...sorry.

I was saying I know what you mean..when it comes to cleaning winter coats. I have 63 horses 47 of which wear winter coats..(blankets) It cost 24 US dollars to clean each one...at 47 that is just under 1200.00 US...and I clean them twice each year.

Poor me...Happy Horses.

Joanna

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HYATTI1 11/19/2012 10:34AM

    Listen if you want to talk about cleaning prices get this one. I have 63 horses 47 of them which wear winter blankets. The cost of cleaning each of them...is 24.00 so you times 24 by 47 = just under 1,200.00 and I have to do this twice during the winter. And the worse part is I don't even get to wear them myself. Hehehe...cost of cleaning I feel you.


Joanna

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LISADAWN1312 11/19/2012 8:38AM

    Too funny...I too am always shocked at the prices at dry cleaners...Keep up the great weight loss!

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TRICIAE2 11/19/2012 8:20AM

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1954MARG 11/19/2012 8:18AM

  Well done with the weight loss.
Your article reminded me why I NEVER buy anything that needs dry cleaning, too. By the time something has been cleaned half a dozen times the cleaning bill is more than the item cost. For the same reason I always get unlined curtains and use loose curtain liners.

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BLOOMING52 11/19/2012 8:10AM

    Well done!

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NANCYRUBIO 11/19/2012 8:08AM

    Love you blog. There is hope for all. We must celebrate your next victory.

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AJB121299 11/19/2012 8:02AM

    nice

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JERICHO1991 11/19/2012 7:50AM

    A confusing day in a good way!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/19/2012 7:20AM

    Great blog. Congrats.

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ILOVEROSES 11/19/2012 7:00AM

    Congrats on shrinking your waist! emoticon Here we get dry cleaned 3 items for AU$15, which would work out to about 10 quids!

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LRSILVER 11/19/2012 6:54AM

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LEANMEAN2 11/19/2012 6:30AM

    Congratulations and keep up the good work!

I have for decades tried to buy myself out of ironing jobs.
Also having to dry clean means paying from now on as though you were buying them over and over. I find something else.

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EASTENDCLAM 11/19/2012 4:42AM

    Well done but for the dry cleaning bill!

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1DRWOMAN 11/19/2012 4:25AM

    Enjoy your wonderful,confusion :) it's the good kind! Lol

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EATVEGAN 11/19/2012 2:53AM

    With the great way you're losing, you will soon have no clothes. And with the cost of your dry cleaning you won't be able to buy any new clothes. Have you thought of becoming a nudist? Of course, you could just wear the coats.

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PCASEY7 11/18/2012 11:54PM

    Woo hoo, at this rate you won't have any clothes left in your closet!

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JOANNHUNT 11/18/2012 10:59PM

    Shocking cleaning bills. emoticon keep up the good weight lose emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMAOWLS 11/18/2012 10:19PM

    Another great blog. I haven't taken anything to the dry cleaners in at least 30 years. I don't wear wool because I'm allergic to it and every thing else I wear can be washed. From the price you say it is I'm glad I don't have to.

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JAMER123 11/18/2012 10:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon at the continued wt. loss!!
I don't ever go to the dry cleaners so didn't know it was so costly. Glad I don't have any clothing that needs special care!

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