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I’m back in my “fat pants.”

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Once upon a time, when I was over 335 lbs, I had a favorite pair of 4x batik rayon pants. The colors were subdued enough to work with my (then) very somber wardrobe of blacks, greys, and dark colors that I thought helped me blend into the background. (Which, honestly, is kind of hard to do when you’re that huge. But I did my best.) I loved them because even subdued, the colors were rich and in places even bright. ish. I got them from Junonia, and they weren’t cheap.

Here is a photo of me in those pants in 2006:



I loved those pants so much that when the inner thighs wore thin and tore I bought two more pairs. And I wore THEM until the inner thighs tore. My plan had always been to somehow cannibalize and mend them so I could have at least one pair of functional pants.

Then life intervened, and I eventually lost the excess weight and the pants lay quietly, forgotten, in a box of fabric. Which I opened about a month ago. And a lightbulb went off. I have taken up contra dancing.
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Which means I now like twirly skirts. Which require a lot of fabric. Which isn’t cheap.

Soooo I took those pants and unpicked all the inner seams, leaving the outer seams intact. (The outer seams were securely stitched with Serger overlock, and rayon frays badly, so why undo a perfectly good seam?)

I patched the inner thighs with fabric from the pockets. I turned the legs upside down, made a wedge-shaped pattern that used the old hems as the new waistband, and the widest part including the old crotch for the new hem. I cut 6 wedges out of the repaired leg pieces, and added narrower contrasting wedges from a “blemished” rayon sarong I found on Amazon for $8.95 (it was the best price for rayon yardage I could find anywhere - I looked, and I couldn’t even find what was supposed to be wrong with that sarong).
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I fed the appropriate length of “no roll” elastic through the waistband, secured it, and wore the finished product this weekend at a dance. And only a tiny segment of one of my new seams frayed after wearing hard and washing, so I guess I did a good job on that, too. (Combination of zigzag and straight stitch.)


Photo by Zoë Madonna

So how is cool is that? I once again get to wear my favorite rayon batik pants while celebrating the fact that they no longer fit!

UPDATE: If you've got 5 minutes, you HAVE to watch this infectiously fun video of the same contra dance from last year (I’m not in it. But the band and the setting and most of the dancers are the same, and the production values are phenomenal.) Check out the overhead shots of people twirling!
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With music like that, how can you NOT want to join in??? LOL

If you want to find out more and try contra dancing, see my previous blog, where there are links
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or a team we now have for contra, square, and folk dancing.
teams.sparkpeople.com/fo
lkdance

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WRITINGDIVA1 11/17/2013 12:47PM

    Awesome! Good for you!

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TERRIJ7 8/27/2013 2:18AM

    I love making upcycled clothing! Great idea on the skirt!

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CASSIES 8/23/2013 7:21AM

    I love the video and I love the transformation of your favorite pants into a twirling skirt! You are always such an inspiration.

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SUPERSYLPH 8/11/2013 12:58PM

    Love it!

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/7/2013 9:48AM

    This was awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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SKINNYINMYHEAD 7/21/2013 5:36PM

    Very cool! All of it.. the entire thing.. loooooved the video! Heading over to your other blog now..

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BDRFLI-TREKS 7/8/2013 8:26AM

    i rather enjoyed this blog! thanks for sharing! congratulations on still being able to "re-wear" your favorite pants!

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STANDFIRMAJ 6/24/2013 2:39PM

  great skirt, awesome wieh loss! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUDAFD 6/24/2013 12:41PM

    Love it! emoticon

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MISSYMOOSE71 6/24/2013 9:05AM

    Awesome job with the skirt!! It's beautiful!

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CFMOSS 6/23/2013 2:38PM

    great skirt - great idea - good job on the weight loss.

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 6/23/2013 12:14AM

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BOPPY_ 6/21/2013 12:00PM

    You inspire me, and I don't even need the inspiration. ;-| | emoticon | emoticon

You are amazing. Not just your accomplishments. The things you write about, as well.

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MYRNA929 6/19/2013 1:14PM

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing


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MCJULIEO 6/18/2013 11:05PM

    Very Cool!

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-AIMIE- 6/18/2013 10:27AM

    emoticon BLOG!!! Great creative idea and good job on the dancing :)

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KAYYAK1 6/17/2013 9:59PM

  Good for you!

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PAULA3420 6/17/2013 3:05PM

    Wonderful blog. SO MUCH HOPE!! and a FUN ending. Loved it. emoticon

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FEARLESSNOW 6/16/2013 7:37PM

    I got a little misty eyed when I saw your second picture with the skirt. That is awesome.

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NABIT36 6/16/2013 8:50AM

    Way to go green!

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GRAMPIAN 6/16/2013 5:13AM

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CATNCAG 6/13/2013 11:45AM

    That is incredible! You are so inspiring!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 6/13/2013 9:08AM

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I love the idea of converting fat pants into a killer skirt :)

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CAMSEDGE 6/11/2013 10:21PM

    How wonderful. I love the creativity of taking something negative and turning it into a bright positive.

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SEARCHINGNANA1 6/11/2013 9:04PM

    Very inspirational!! I've yo-yoed for more years than I care to admit. Reading encouraging blogs like this really are a help.

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FROMNDTOGA 6/11/2013 11:53AM

    Looks like a lot of fun. I, too, have tried to 'recreate' some of my fat clothes. Have decided to stop messing with them, though, and give them to a needy charity instead.
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MANDYLOVE_76 6/11/2013 11:53AM

    Fantastic.

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PAM_COOPER 6/10/2013 9:28PM

    Great story and very creative! --- I've got rid of all my fat clothes, but understand the sentiments of having a special item of beloved clothing. I've worn some clothes thin, just because I liked them so well and they were comfy.

Now, I have so many clothes from new to not so new that I have acquired since losing weight (many hand-me-downs from friends and family too) that I don't have room for them all. I am in clothes heaven at least until I figure out which items are going to become my favorite wear-until-they-rot items . . . but then again, I may not need to become so attached to certain clothes 'just because they fit' as I once was.

Cute skirt, btw!!!!

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KGWINDER 6/10/2013 4:42PM

    The genius of getting in shape is that it literally recreates you just like you did with the pants. Anyone who has struck with it fir more than six months understands the creativity with meal plans, clothing (i once ran darts down a jacket back and a sean down the bottom part of the sleeve to end up with a darling mutton sleeve and flare bottom jacket), transpirtation, time management and rediscovering that does into the journey.

You story is particularly wonder because you are a good writer;also because it embraced the fact that you don't throw yourself away in this progress rather bring forth the best parts. Well done. Btw are you ready to make some big bucks making exercise clothing for large sizes with a double ply inner thigh?? How many pounds of is it going to take..and better yet weigh lost pants that would cover three sizes sizeswith adjustable seams....rather like the jackets they make for growing kids now. Yea for you!!!!!! I hear a crowd of woohoos.

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TEASCHERTZ 6/10/2013 1:42PM

    When getting back into your fat pants is usually a sad thing this was totally the opposite, Love your story and experience! Awesome!

Thanks for sharing it with us.

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KARENKANDO 6/10/2013 8:01AM

    Oh my, what fun! Thanks so much for sharing the video. As I watched, it reminded me of square dancing - something I haven't done since 8th grade! Only this dance is done with more excitement and pizazz! Great blog. Huge congrats to you on your accomplishments. You are an inspiration.

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MSLADYBUG3 6/9/2013 11:18PM

    Good job....way to go!

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STLOUISWOMAN 6/9/2013 10:19PM

    Love what you've done with your "fat pants." The contra dancing looks like a real workout but fun at the same time.m Thanks for sharing with us.
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SHAN09 6/9/2013 1:42PM

  What a great inspiration! Loving your 'fat pants' in a whole new way is fabulous! emoticon

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SPECIALGURL7 6/8/2013 10:39PM

    I liked the video. The band was really having a good time.

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VABUTSY 6/8/2013 10:15PM

    Great story and great YouTube video -- love those fiddlers!

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MAKINANIMPACT 6/8/2013 9:00PM

    WTG!!! Keep up the great job!


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EABL81 6/8/2013 7:28PM

    What a clever idea! Congratulations on your weight loss, your new passion, and a beautiful new skirt.

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MARYALICE61 6/8/2013 5:09PM

    You are truly an inspiration! I too, right now over 300 pounds. I've lost over 51 pounds and have a long way to go, but with stories like yours - it keeps me going!

You are AWESOME!

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ROCKLAND2010 6/8/2013 1:00PM

    WOW! What a wonderful story! Congratulations, you inspire all of us.

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KIMMARIE11 6/8/2013 10:52AM

    I loved the repurposing of the pants and how amazing is it that you took something that had certain emotions attached to it and changed it into something else entirely so you could attach new fun and exciting emotions to it. Definitely an inspiring blog post.

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