Today I wanted to talk a bit about something that has changed for me in the last month--my weight. I didn't start the New Year with a resolution to lose weight or anything, it just kind of happened. Kind of. Ok, there was a little work involved on my part. You see, I have always found time to work out at least 5-6 times a week, and now I have incorporated jogging into that routine. However, I never really decided to change my eating habits at all. I figure, if I work out that many days a week, I should be entitled to eat whatever I want.
After I started taking a Health and Wellness class at my local church, though, I decided that I was wrong about my eating habits. In fact, I don't know how my body was making it through the day because I had so many carbs, sugars, and fats in my diet. So...while in class they gave us a recommended eating plan, and it did not sound restrictive to me. I had a whole list of things that I could eat an unlimited amount of, like fruits, veggies, and lean meats. I also had a smaller list of items that, if I decided to eat them, I would have to count toward my calories for the day(of which I only get 250). I'm not sure if this is similar to Weight Watchers or not, but combined with my working out, I have been able to lose 10 pounds!
Now I feel absolutely great! I have more energy, and I have gotten rid of my persistent heartburn and headaches! I am so elated to be finally giving my body the nutrients it needed for a long time. The best part of it all is that my kids are picking up much healthier eating habits too!
So with all of this weight loss I am curious as to whether or not this will change my sewing habits. My waist measurements have definitely changed (I know I have gone at least a whole size down in RTW), and so have my bust measurements (down a bra size, and maybe a cup size?).
The other day while looking at online sewing patterns, I ran across some custom downloadable patterns made by a company called Lekala. Apparently, you enter four measurements (height, bust, waist, and hips)
into the pattern of your choice, and they will create a custom pattern for you! Intrigued with this idea, I decided to give it a try--especially since they offer a free pattern on their website, and a lot of their designs are both adorable and affordable.
I am now working on Lekala 8004, a jersey blouse with crossover front. I have already typed in my measurements, received my pattern via email, printed out my pattern,and cut my fabric. In total, I think I printed 14 pages for this top. It wasn't bad at all. Putting the pattern together took a little more out of me, though. If this works out, then great. If not, it will be a good experience in seeing what this company has to offer.
In case you are curious about some of the Lekala designs, here are a few that caught my eye:
And there are more where that came from! You can check out the 99 cents download collection at Sewing Patterns, or you can see the whole extensive collection at Lekala.