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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
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DONNABRIGHT 6/8/2013 10:21AM

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LAURANCE 6/8/2013 6:04AM

  What a great thing to do with your favorite fat pants! This story is such an upbeat way to start the day.
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CRAFTSFAN1 6/8/2013 5:21AM

    The group was amazing! I closed my eyes and felt like listening to a music of a movie. Thank you for sharing. And congratulations for your piece of art. You must be proud of your skirt. emoticon

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GAILANN48 6/8/2013 5:05AM

    LOVED the video! Have never seen contra dancing before and I need to find out if there's anywhere around here to participate. What fun!

Congrats on your weaving your old pants and your story into your new life. Wonderful story.
:) Gail

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EOWYN2424 6/8/2013 4:15AM

    Good idea! Nice skirt!

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MISSYGEEN 6/7/2013 8:13PM

    emoticon This is so much better than photos where the person fits into one leg of the pants. This is what you call a total transformation.

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JUNETTA2002 6/7/2013 6:12PM

    How creative. Such a beautiful skirt

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PB4WEGO 6/7/2013 1:45PM

    Beautiful skirt, how creative you are, I never would have thought of that. Congratulations on your accomplishments as well. :-D

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MARYBETHMORGAN 6/7/2013 12:35PM

  Not only is your weight lose impressive, but so are your skills as a seamstress. That skirt looks awesome!


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NETSUE64 6/7/2013 12:30PM

    This is one of the best stories I have read. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome idea. And by the way, you look awesome in the new skirt!

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ICEANGEL0531 6/7/2013 11:59AM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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PENOWOK 6/7/2013 9:00AM

    The ultimate recycle!! That's awesome!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/7/2013 7:40AM

    Oh! Love this tale and the happily ever after!!

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edit: just saw the video! How fantastic! So much fun and I LOVE the pants the fiddle player is wearing (one in the red shirt) You can see he is loving what he is doing!

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BECKYSFRIEND 6/7/2013 7:08AM

    Totally impressive emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 6/7/2013 12:00AM

    I really liked that, and loved the guys pants! emoticon Your right it makes you want to dance emoticon I wish there was any in my area emoticon Sorry I forgot great job in recycling and you look great!

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GWINNER1 6/6/2013 11:44PM

    emoticon How talented you are to be able to make over your old pants. I'm sure you're enjoying wearing you old/new pants/skirt. LOL Very inspiring!!!!

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CAROLJ35 6/6/2013 10:54PM

    Such a great story!!!
Congrats on your successful weight loss and now I must find out what contra dancing is all about!

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GINIEMIE 6/6/2013 9:09PM

    Nice hook with your title. I just had to read your blog. I'm so proud of you, not just that you lost the weight, but that you recycled the clothes. WTG.
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WOLFKITTY 6/6/2013 7:00PM

    Love it, and love you, my friend!! I'm so glad your post was featured!
Hugs,
Joce

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MISSILENE 6/6/2013 6:34PM

    so happy and proud of you....yay

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STHOMAS1009 6/6/2013 5:19PM

    Yeah - You! emoticon Totally winning!

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AMBER461 6/6/2013 5:11PM

  Great fun, the pant was put to good use, that is very creative. The dance is great, never mind I cannot dance.

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MISSLISA1973 6/6/2013 4:59PM

    What an awesome story! I love it! emoticon emoticon

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MILLERISHEALTHY 6/6/2013 4:49PM

    What an inspiring and uplifting blog post - I'm so happy you've been so successful and are now once again enjoying your pants! Re-doing them the way you did was ingenious! emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 6/6/2013 4:46PM

    LOL you had me worried! Great story, I get rid of my 'fat' clothes as soon as I can, maybe I should have kept something as a reminder of where I was.

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BLUSKYS 6/6/2013 4:42PM

    very creative!

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LOGOULD 6/6/2013 4:37PM

    What a GREAT idea - such fun! Almost makes me want to learn how to sew....almost. emoticon

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JAMESSKANTOR 6/6/2013 3:40PM

    Good for you. Excellent idea really smart. Do stay at your ideal weight! emoticon

I looked at your picture. You look gr emoticon eat!

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IMAGINE46 6/6/2013 3:15PM

  Love it! Smart thinking. emoticon

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MARYGOLD5 6/6/2013 2:17PM

    emoticon Thank you for a great blog. What you did with you "fat pants" is amazing. Congratulations on your weight loss.

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BEVIEG41 6/6/2013 1:55PM

    Wonderful story and what a great way to use the pants that you really loved. You go girl, congratulations.

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TERESAMUS 6/6/2013 1:06PM

    Great story. I love the dancing also.

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ROZZIEOZZIE 6/6/2013 12:42PM

    You look great, the skirt looks great, and what a fun dance - you can exercise and get your groove on at the same time! Love it!

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JSEATTLE 6/6/2013 12:30PM

  I loved this story so much I had to come back and bookmark it!

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FLPALM 6/6/2013 11:52AM

    My feet are moving now!!!!

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KLONG8 6/6/2013 11:21AM

    Well, that was SO MUCH FUN! Made me feel like dancing right now!

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KFFIE1 6/6/2013 11:06AM

  Watched the video and it was great. I had never heard of Contra dancing so I learned something today. :) Making the skirt was a real talent. Good for you on all accounts!

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MISSENG 6/6/2013 10:34AM

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Great job on recycling an old favorite! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAYBERRYCARDS 6/6/2013 10:07AM

  Love this redo for your favorite pants. Now they can be your favorite again. You're looking good! mayberrycards emoticon

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ALYIKAT 6/6/2013 9:52AM

    That is fabulous. I wish I had the ability to transform clothing like that, unfortunately, I am sewing challenged. I have other great skills, sewing just isn't one of them. Way to go!

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