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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
www.sparkpeople.c
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ndividual.asp?blog_id=5316259


or a team we now have for contra, square, and folk dancing.
teams.sparkpeople.com/fo
lkdance

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CAPECODBABE 6/4/2013 4:41AM

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/4/2013 4:37AM

    That's awesome! What a great way to re-use something you love : )

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COLLEENROSTE 6/4/2013 4:11AM

    Brilliant and absolutely beautiful

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ANY010113 6/4/2013 3:53AM

    awesome

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JAZZIE28 6/4/2013 3:03AM

    emoticon emoticon You managed to save your favorite pants!!

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NEW-CAZ 6/4/2013 2:43AM

    emoticon love the skirt and it's a permanent testimony to your weight loss success emoticon

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KPETSCHE 6/4/2013 2:37AM

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Great job! Love how the old becomes new again. Fun!

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CURRAHEE68 6/4/2013 2:12AM

    Super!!!

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RUTHEY01 6/4/2013 1:41AM

    That is soooo cool! The skirt looks beautiful!! I can see why you loved the pants so much. That fabric, if you have any left, would make a great quilted wall hanging with other colors/prints as contrast. Sorry I am a die hard quilter who never throws away a garment if it has usable fabric - no matter how frayed or ripped it is. After all, all I need for a few squares of it for a quilt is 12x18 inches (a fat-quarter - sorry quilt shop term not mine) of fabric.

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IDICEM 6/4/2013 1:33AM

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CJBAGGINS 6/4/2013 1:22AM

    What a fantastic idea! Good for you!

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LESLIELENORE 6/4/2013 1:10AM

    That is so awesome! I only saved one pair of "fat pants", and they are boring khaki. Almost makes me wish I had saved more of my old clothes. I love your "new" skirt!

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_CYNDY55_ 6/4/2013 12:59AM

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STARLIGHT615 6/3/2013 10:38PM

    Totally Awesome!!

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BHEALTHY4ME1 6/3/2013 10:20PM

  I was feeling bad for you ! What a cute title for a great story. Reduce, re-use, recycle. You're doing all of those. emoticon

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JACKIE542 6/3/2013 9:52PM

    Really love this emoticon

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DDOORN 6/3/2013 9:50PM

    They LIVE AGAIN!! How cool is THAT? :-)

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ZIRCADIA 6/3/2013 9:45PM

    AWESOME!!! :D

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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/3/2013 8:25PM

    Love this up-cycle! Very creative wonderful way to celebrate your success!

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WATERMELLEN 6/3/2013 8:03PM

    What a great blog, with a "teaser" headline (not that I believed it for a second) and a great picture . . . it IS a gorgeous fabric, and pure karma how it's been reborn in a better iteration!

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MARILYNROBERT 6/3/2013 7:46PM

    Wonderful...that outfit has so much meaning. emoticon

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SWEET_CAROLYN 6/3/2013 7:39PM

    This is positively awesome! Not only congrats on the weight loss, but you're cleverness and resourcefulness!!

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DEBADEAU 6/3/2013 7:30PM

    Amazing!!! I love the idea of repurposing old things to be new things. Star for creativity!

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DALID414 6/3/2013 7:27PM

    That is WAY cool!!
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MYBULLDOGS 6/3/2013 7:19PM

    i lost 44 pounds by giving up sugar and grain products at age 61.

my sister lost 105 pounds at age 64 by walking 15000 steps a day

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PRETTYPITHY 6/3/2013 7:15PM

    I LOVE this. It is like a gift your larger self has given your smaller self and you both get to celebrate together.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/3/2013 7:08PM

    emoticon You got me with the title. Very nice way to celebrate and reuse!

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IAMTOLOSE 6/3/2013 6:56PM

    Great idea! Yahoo for contra dancing too!

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JANELMARIESTAR 6/3/2013 6:52PM

    Love it! I think I too will have some clothes that will need to be changed as I lose. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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