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11/16/06 8:54 A

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Great ideas, I have some charity shop favourites (bought cheaply) to wear whilst I'm shrinking and have lots of nice clothes too small but few of the suits/ jackets etc are petite sizes because I have never been extravagant about clothes. One thing I'm sure about, I'M NEVER GOING TO LET ILLNESS AND COMFORT EATING MAKE ME FAT AGAIN! emoticon

Don''t give up, losing weight is like walking downhill and carrying a lighter load as you go. After a while, fill a carrier bag with the weight you have lost and feel good about yourself when you put it down.
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11/15/06 9:16 P

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Thanks for the shopping tips. I have one to share. I grew up in a poor family. My mother sewed or bought our clothing at thrift shops. The Salvation Army store was my favorite. My method takes some persistence and a support system, including a good alterations person. The best way is to go into a high end store or look on-line at the current styles and take notes for what is "your style". Then, find the best re-sale, consignment or thrift shops in your area and find the best matches. I make friends with the people who work in the thrift shops and find the time when the new items come in. This extra step yields the best results and saves time. A good tailor is absolutely essential. Thrift shops also have "mark down" or sale days. I paid $10 for a wonderful red Italian leather swing coat last month, spent $40 in alterations (sleeves, of course) and had a coat that looked better than anything I saw at Wilson's or Nordstrom's, a leather specialty store and local chain of upper middle class brands. The coat had been "marked down" because the cuffs of the sleeves had strange little slits or cuts. (I wondered if the coat's previous owner had fended off a vicious kitten.) I knew it was quality leather and the bad areas would be hacked off with alterations. It doesn't happen every time, but good items do show up.

Here is a Spark People bonus. We can eventually go shopping in our closets and garment storage bags! I have a range of clothes from a size 4P to a size 18 Womens's in my closet. I have built a wardrobe of nice things from my thrift shop methods and have saved the true quality classics. I was thrilled when I was able to zip up a size 16P pair of slacks yesterday. I tried on a few 14P's and figure they are definitely back in my near future. I think most of my future shopping will be right out of my overflow closet, which stores my smaller sizes.

If anyone wants help or coaching with my thrift shop method, just send me a message. Nice clothing that fits can make a person feel like a millionairess.

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11/15/06 2:16 P

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I bought quality (i.e. $$$) staple petite pieces pre-baby at SYMS, which offers the good stuff at the discount price. I know they aren't a big chain, but you may want to see if there is one in your area. I still shop there now for my in-between sizes, since I can get a suit for work for less that $40 on most days. It started this journey as an 18 needing a 20 and now I am solid 8. I didn't buyt new clothes until I got down to a 10. Safety pins and belts were my best friends!
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11/15/06 8:10 A

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As a thrifty shopper I would like to wear petite proportioned clothes when I reach target weight, rather than oversized economy chainstore basics but isn't it a shame that 'quality' clothes in a flattering petite cut cost so much more? emoticon

Don''t give up, losing weight is like walking downhill and carrying a lighter load as you go. After a while, fill a carrier bag with the weight you have lost and feel good about yourself when you put it down.
Eating healthy and drinking lots of water gives you beautiful skin and takes years off you.


 
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11/15/06 6:54 A

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Yeah i totally agree with this one. I dont own any 3/4 lenght trousers as they are always almost full lenght on me. Virtually everything i buy has to be taken up...

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11/14/06 2:18 P

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I have seen the petites at Layne Bryant. But I haven't tried them on because I can't afford them. I can't justify buying a $60 pair of jeans when I can get faded glory at walmart or old navay jeans for less. Especially when losing weight. I'd be buying lots of jeans as I move down in size. But we'll see, once I get down to regular sizes I will probably get one real good pair because I have NEVER worn regular sizes not since I was a little kid. In 5th grade and up I wore bigger clothing. I wore a 16 plus in girls sizes and then a 13 in jrs (which wasnt really considered plus then but is now) and then went to a 16 Womens So that is one of my biggest things Im looking forward to... REGULAR SIZES!!! And I'll be able to shop in the petite section then!!!

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11/14/06 12:42 P

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Queenbrea - The doublesided sewing tape is a pelon strip (it comes in different widths) that has heat activated "glue" on both sides. You peel of the protective paper on one side iron it in place sticky side down, peel off the paper fold or place the item where you want it and iron again and viola you have a nice neat hem. I don't sew, I used to do all my heming by hand with needle and thread. This is so much faster. You have to make sure the item is "ironable" but after that you're good to go. I use the stuff for crafts and all kinds of other stuff.

I didn't realize Lane Bryant had a petite section either - I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the tips.

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11/14/06 12:16 P

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Rita, Thanks! I will look into it. I think I might have gotten too small for Lane Bryant, but it can't hurt to look. I did not know they offered petite.
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11/14/06 11:22 A

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If any of you wear plus sizes, Lane Bryant does el Petite Plus jeans. They are the only brand I ever found to fit properly and I'm 4'11.

"i''m not overweight, just nine inches too short!" :-)


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11/14/06 10:23 A

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I am sure this has already been said, so if anyone has any advice other than alterations I would love to hear it. I hate not being able to buy jeans that fit. I have to buy a larger size and then they are WAY too long. The petite sizes just don't fit right either.

 
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11/14/06 8:40 A

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I have to say, I don't have the chest problem LOL. I can relate the pants issue too. I got a pair of pajams for chistmas last year - the pants came down WAY past my feet. I had to role them up to walk in them. Can you imagine? Rolling up PAJAMAS!!! LOL

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11/14/06 7:04 A

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ME TOO!!! I don't buy dresses too often but I love shirts with darts and wrap shirts and when I do buy dresses empire waist is one of my favorites.... And even with a larger bust (D-DD) The line that should be just below the bustline is ALWAYS on my stomach =( UGH!!! And I used to use hemming tape when I lived at home but DH and I don't have an iron so now I have pants that just dont fit.... Can't wear capris... Just looks like Im ready for flooding! (although it HAS been flooding where I live in Washington State we even got evacuated)

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11/13/06 11:51 P

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LOL! Yeah! Finally people that can relate! ROFL. I bought some pajamas bottoms this week that were supposed to be capris - some problem as everyone else. They came just above the ankles and looked like high waters. I need to look into that double stick sewing tape. How does it work?

My biggest thing I hate shopping for is pants. My stomach is quite a bit larger than the rest of so they never fit right. I finally had to move onto hip huggers because they were more comfortable on the stomach. They even seem to be a better length than regular pants.

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11/13/06 11:26 P

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No kidding!! Everytime I buy a dress (this must be a large chested group) it fit my chest but the rest looks like I'm a little kid playing dress up in a waaaay too long dress. I've become friendly with a needle and thread. I've gotten pretty handy at hemming my clothes. And my boyfriends too for that matter

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11/13/06 8:55 P

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For real!! And when you put on regular jeans, the crotch doesn't hit you in the right spot and you have to pull them up almost under your breasts....and the legs are so long, it looks like you sprouted flippers....and shirts that fit you in the chest (I'm a DD)are too long in the torso, so the bottom of them rests on your butt....and the list goes on!

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11/13/06 6:04 P

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Same for me with dresses...if I don't get a petite size, they never fit right. An above the knee skirt hits below my knees, a mid-calf length is floor length, and a floor-lenght puddles on the ground!

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11/13/06 3:30 P

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Same goes! Bras and underwear and bathing suits. My chest is not proportionate to my hips and I have to buy two drastically different sizes. I am also large chested which pretty much means I get to wear not so sexy white, beige or black bras. If I do happen to find one in another colour, the underwear that goes with it...are not made for my non-existent butt! (the term granny panties come to mind!).
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11/13/06 3:26 P

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I agree - I hate shopping for shorts/capris! and I also love that double sided sewing tape - YAY! I have used so much of it I should buy stock. I have to be honest though the thing I hate shopping for the most is underware & bra's I hate trying to find a bra that fits the way I want it too and the band isn't clear down to my waist (I'm pretty big chested). Well that's my gripe for today.



Think of your body as an orchestra. All of its systems, organs, muscles, cells, fluids, hormones, and chemicals play different instruments, . . . They work independently, but only when they're played together can you appreciate the magnificent symphony of your own biology. (You on a Diet)

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11/13/06 2:16 P

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Aint that the truth?! I have to shorten everything I own. Thankfully I discovered that iron on glue stuff that will hem most materials easily. Otherwise i would be spending a fortune on alterations!

 
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11/13/06 2:14 P

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Who all goes to the store intent on getting capris and when you get home somehow they turn into PANTS? I hate when that happens! I went out and bought some new exercise "capris". I went home, put them on and found out they actually come down to my SHOES!! Shouldn't they be halfway up my calf or something?!
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