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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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MRSTABER 6/6/2013 9:37AM

    Great story!

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NANHBH 6/6/2013 9:10AM

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Beautiful skirt. Love how it twirls! Very cool video. Thanks for sharing.

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WALLINMW 6/6/2013 9:09AM

  Eat protein with every meal to curb hunger!

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IOLANTHE51 6/6/2013 8:56AM

    what a fantastic story. thank you so much for sharing. I am feeling more motivated every day by you and people just like you.
AMAZING

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JUDITHANNIE 6/6/2013 8:49AM

    Loved the idea of redoing your favorite pants. Good for you for losing all the weight. Never heard or saw that type of dance but it made me smile thought I was there. What a nice way to start my day. Thanks Judy emoticon

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JAIMESIZED 6/6/2013 8:45AM

    That is so awesome! I loved reading your story!

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WAYSOFGRACE 6/6/2013 8:37AM

    I love that you repurposed those pants!!! I love to sew, and one thing I also do is take worn out clothing or clothing that no longer fits, and make fun things out them!

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DETROITKELLY 6/6/2013 8:28AM

    That's so cool! You are so crafty! Thanks for sharing the pictures too. Very cool!

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MLIPPERT1 6/6/2013 8:27AM

  Great story, success and a gentle reminder from the past woven into your future.

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SHARIS74 6/6/2013 7:59AM

    What a great story, thank you for sharing!

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THEIS58 6/6/2013 7:39AM

    So creative!

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TRISTAROSE 6/6/2013 7:28AM

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LEANMEAN2 6/6/2013 7:19AM

    Thanks for sharing. Inspiration!

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CHRYLG 6/6/2013 7:14AM

    What a great way to use your fat pants. Sew creative! A bum knee has kept me from contra dancing, but I love the Great Bear Trio and would love to make it to their weekend dance some year. Great attitude!

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TDEMAIO2 6/6/2013 6:36AM

    GREAT job : )

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GLORYB2014 6/6/2013 6:36AM

    Remarkable! Thank you for sharing your story.
I checked out the Contra Dance link and LOVED IT!
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TRAVELGRRL 6/6/2013 5:52AM

    What an awesome blog! I'm going to check out contra dancing!!!!

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MARYJEANSL 6/6/2013 1:25AM

  Wow, you must be really good at sewing. I can do some simple sewing, but I wasn't even able to totally understand your description of the re-do. But I think the result looks fantastic. I definitely do understand wearing an especially loved wardrobe item until it is totally worn out.

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MANILUS 6/6/2013 12:14AM

    At least you are putting the pants to good use! The dancing looks fun!

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KATIEM929 6/5/2013 11:40PM

    So cool!
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ROXYCARIN 6/5/2013 11:35PM

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FITFRIT 6/5/2013 11:25PM

    how awesome is that!?!?!?!?!

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BARDIC_GRRL 6/5/2013 10:35PM

    Oh absolutely! Waste not want not, to quote some old guy or other. You look great in your new old threads!

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CICELY360 6/5/2013 10:22PM

  Cute

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NORMAGAIL2 6/5/2013 10:07PM

    How cool that you are emotionally healthy enough to make use of the pants from your earlier days! Congrats on your weight loss success! I hope that I will have some great stories to share down the road!

Thanks for sharing!
Gail

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MARIANNMC 6/5/2013 9:59PM

    What a happy story! I hope I have a similar one to share one day. Thanks for the inspiration.

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SDAVIDSON33 6/5/2013 8:54PM

    Wow! Good job!

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KKLENNERT809 6/5/2013 8:49PM

    You look awesome. I want to congratulate you and your hard work. Although, dancing looks like fun and not work! Your creative touch with your pants deserves a nod as well. Enjoy each and every day, life is a gift! emoticon

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NANCYANNE55 6/5/2013 8:31PM

    From one seamstress to another: Salute! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 6/5/2013 8:27PM

    Great idea to reuse!

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CMCGRUN 6/5/2013 7:27PM

    I'd never heard of contra dancing. I'm glad you posted the video. I loved the music and it looks fun!

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AJB121299 6/5/2013 7:22PM

    kudos

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VALI_T 6/5/2013 7:00PM

    How great to be able to reuse your favorite pants, and how great to have a reason to do so. Congratulations on both accomplishments.

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RENEB62 6/5/2013 6:45PM

    Wow, that is the coolest story I have read in a long time! It came at just the right time as well. I was feeling discouraged today, well not any more. Thank you so much for the inspiration!! The skirt is absolutely beautiful. I have to wipe my eyes now. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!

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KENZYE 6/5/2013 5:35PM

    Very inspirational.

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MAPLECANDY3 6/5/2013 5:33PM

    Love the new skirt!!

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JUDYAMK 6/5/2013 5:31PM

    That is amazing what you did with your pants. I never heard of Contra dancing, I watched the video you posted & will visit the other on your past blog. That sure looks like a lot of fun, plus I like the sound of the music ,thank you for posting.
Judy

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FRECKALYMC 6/5/2013 5:27PM

    warmed my heart...you CELEBRATE, Girl!!

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JUDABELLS 6/5/2013 5:11PM

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/5/2013 5:03PM

    excellent

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ACHILLESONE 6/5/2013 5:02PM

    Awesome! Good for you!

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EJENKINSB 6/5/2013 4:51PM

    I think that's awesome! I LOVE the idea of reworking something you used to wear into your new size.

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LAVENDERLILY 6/5/2013 4:39PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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NANDESMAMA 6/5/2013 4:19PM

    What a great upcycle! Not to mention a reminder of how far you've come. Congratulations and keep up the great work! emoticon

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ELIZABETH5268 6/5/2013 3:52PM

    How awesome and creative!!

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LIBERTINE 6/5/2013 3:00PM

    That is a great way to use old pants that you can no longer wear! I have a ton of old concert shirts I plan to make into a blanket one day! :] GREAT JOB!

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ANDREWMOM 6/5/2013 2:44PM

    Great!

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