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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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NEWMOM20121 11/18/2012 11:02AM

    Well done


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INGMARIE 11/18/2012 11:00AM

    way to go, congrats emoticon keep up the good work
and keep writing,,,, love to read your blogs. THANKS a bunch. emoticon

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WINEALITTLE 11/18/2012 10:58AM

    emoticon Your blogs are such fun to read! Glad you're doing so well. I just "handed over" a winter jacket that became, at long last, too baggy for me. One day (or season) at a time.

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LYNCHD05 11/18/2012 10:42AM

    You are doing so great. Keep up the good work!

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AMAS92568 11/18/2012 10:42AM

    I don't use the dry cleaner for the exact reason you described. It's really a shame what it costs to maintain clothing, especially as the quality isn't usually what it used to be.

Congrats on getting back into the smaller clothes, even if you decide to pass them on because of the dry cleaning. emoticon

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MTREFRY 11/18/2012 10:29AM

    emoticon Great job!

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JUNETTA2002 11/18/2012 10:26AM

    emoticon Awesome post

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TINY67 11/18/2012 10:14AM

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MOMMY445 11/18/2012 10:10AM

    hurray for you! woo hoo!

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UWISHTOO 11/18/2012 10:09AM

    I know the feeling (well not about the winter coats cause all of mine are leather and I rarely wear any of them anyway in Phoenix unless I am riding and I wear one of my biker jackets) but when I started my weight loss all I hoped for was to get back into my skinny clothes (most of them size 8's) wellllll I have long surpassed size 8 and am now into 4's

I rarely dress up for work since I work for myself and I only go into my clients long enough to pick up their work and say hi and bye but on a rare occasion one of the clients will have meetings and want me to sit in as the accounting manager so it feels really good to be able to fit into my old professional dresses :)

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CAPECODBABE 11/18/2012 10:03AM

    emoticon blog!!! emoticon

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LYNNA1968 11/18/2012 10:01AM

    emoticon on your loss! Dry cleaners aren't worth the fabrication or cost @ this time. Just smile about still giving away those trousers.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/18/2012 9:56AM

    so you did some wandering in your closet and came up a winner!! GOOD for you!

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LAURANCE 11/18/2012 9:48AM

  I can't remember when I last took something to the dry cleaner. It's expensive. Back in the '60's there was a do-it-yourself dry cleaner that worked like a laundromat (I think the word is "launderette" in England?). Eleven pounds of clothing for $2.00, which was cheap and affordable in those days, and much cheaper than taking things to the dry cleaner.

That do-it-yourself dry cleaner is long gone. I wash things in cold water now.

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MIMIDOT 11/18/2012 9:36AM

    So enjoy your blogs. Thanks for sharing. You're doing great! Keep it up.

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PENOWOK 11/18/2012 9:34AM

    You are doing so well! You are such a great example for the rest of us!! Thanks for the great story today!

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TDEMAIO2 11/18/2012 9:27AM

    emoticon BIG emoticon for you emoticon

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SUSANK16 11/18/2012 9:25AM

  Hurrah for you!

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ANGIEMH83 11/18/2012 9:15AM

    emoticon emoticon So funny! Good job!!

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JANEMARIE77 11/18/2012 9:04AM

    Way to go down a size and out the door

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SYLVANSIX 11/18/2012 9:02AM

    well done on surviving the dry cleaning bill and shrinking your waiste!
I too experience this confusing type of day on occaision, and find them generally bemusing once they're in the past!

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KNYAGENYA 11/18/2012 8:56AM

    Congrats on losing the centimeters.

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DR1939 11/18/2012 8:55AM

    I buy washable down winter coats because it gets way too cold for just wool here in Minnesota. It also saves on drycleaning costs.

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FORMERFATGUY777 11/18/2012 8:54AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss. I find wearing clothes that I could not beforehand is one of the best rewards ever.

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BESCATS 11/18/2012 8:45AM

    emoticon on losing those cm !! In cringe too when I take my coats to the cleaners, but what 'ch gonna do ?
Keep up the good work & losing those pounds so you can "fun" shop for new ones.
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KARRENLYNN 11/18/2012 8:45AM

    I agree with you on the dry cleaning.
Have a great holiday!

Karen emoticon

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LYNNIERN 11/18/2012 8:38AM

    I too cringe when ever I have to take clothes to the cleaners. Congrats on getting rid of those cm!! emoticon emoticon

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LINWASH23 11/18/2012 8:37AM

    emoticon and you are so right about the dry cleaning. I was told that my two suits would be $30.00 and they are not wool. I hope I can do better.

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FANCYFREE15 11/18/2012 8:34AM

    Yeah for you on the too-small trousers! emoticon

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TEACHING1ST 11/18/2012 8:25AM

    Congrats on your continued success and I totally agree with the dry cleaning bills. But some clothes just have to have it---coats included! Happy Sunday, Chantal!

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WILSON1926 11/18/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon

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JANETRIS 11/18/2012 8:14AM

    Yes...I avoid the dry cleaners at all costs! But, sometimes you can't avoid it! Congrats on the too big cords! You are having some great progress!

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CFMOSS 11/18/2012 8:03AM

    I shouldn't laugh, but I do in a good healthy way. Aaack on $$$ (well pound equivalent) What an adventure life is.

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CYPATAYLOR2 11/18/2012 8:00AM

  Nice! Thank you for sharing and Congratulations:)

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HEARTS116 11/18/2012 7:58AM

    emoticon emoticon

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JGRAY76 11/18/2012 7:54AM

    I agree on both counts. It's ridiculously expenseive to take anything to the dry cleaners and it's wonderful when the pants that were too tight are now too baggy.

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GRANDMACOO 11/18/2012 7:49AM

    Good for you! Since I began loosing weight, I have taken multiple bags of large clothing to the recyclable bins near us. This has served a couple of purposes: 1) it cleaned up my closet so I could see what was there and what was available to wear; and 2) if I gain back the weight, it will cost me a lot of money to find things to wear, money of which I have better things to use it for.

I still am surviving on 1 pair of jeans, because I haven't gotten around to buying smaller ones that fit.

Keep it up!

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JANEDOE12345 11/18/2012 7:49AM

    It's difficult to get rid of clothing that used to swaddle you and hide you -- the clothing was a shield. Now it's too big and you don't need the shield. You are about to go without those huge swathes of clothing and see how light the world feels in new, smaller coats.

Time to go shopping.

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WILSONWR 11/18/2012 7:36AM

    Sounds like you're making great progress!

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CAM2438 11/18/2012 7:26AM

    emoticon

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THEIS58 11/18/2012 7:23AM

    Know what you mean about the closet!

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SUNNYLIFE72 11/18/2012 7:20AM

  What a fun turn of events!

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SWEDE_SU 11/18/2012 6:54AM

    it's an amazing feeling to go through the closet and see all the things that are too big as we grow (shrink?) smaller and smaller!

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JAZZEJR 11/18/2012 6:49AM

    emoticon on giving items away because you don't need them--you'll eventually be able to let go of the coats :) Great for the reason to be because they're too big! Entertaining blog!

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BECKYANNE1 11/18/2012 6:41AM

    Way to Go! I love little surprises like that. I don't remember the last time I took anything to the dry cleaners. Funny, I don't even know where the dry cleaner is and I've lived here all my life.

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IDLETYME 11/18/2012 6:12AM

    emoticon Thanks!! emoticon

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CLAYARTIST 11/18/2012 6:07AM

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WHERERMY62KEYS 11/18/2012 6:05AM

  Adds spice to your day.

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SEABREEZE64 11/18/2012 5:49AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. I have not taken anything to the dry cleaners in at least 25 years, probably more......

Congratulations on your continued success!!!

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TORTISE110 11/18/2012 5:40AM

    Sounds a bit like the War of the Coats! I am smiling. What to save, what to keep, what to rehab, aka get cleaned... Meanwhile I do get my coats cleaned in spring because Inhave been told they do not get eaten by moths if cleaned. It is working for me, but may just be luck? emoticon

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