Finding tennis wear that flatters you in middle age is no small feat. And wearing it out in public is also an act of bravery. I would never in a million years wear a skirt this short to go around town in but somehow I never have enough time to stop and change when I need to do errands after tennis and end up wearing it all day. I thought this outfit was going to be a perfect thing I could wear both on and off the court. But it’s a little too tight and I feel really self conscious in it. So no, but I will wear it on the court. I’ll just have to make something to wear over it, right?
I’ve been on a Paleo eating plan for a week and was hoping to drop some of the ten pounds I gained back this winter but so far, the scale hasn’t bulged. This outfit was made with the hopes I would have shed it by now, so it’s tight. I cut it out last month. As a matter of fact, I’ve had something called carbo flu all week and had to cancel my tennis match today. What is carbo flu? Apparently when you give up the majority of carbs and sugar and switch your body to a veggie and meat only diet, the body goes through a sort of sugar withdrawal which feels like the flu. Awesome, right? Not! But I’ve committed to this for Lent so hopefully it will pass. I could really use a piece of chocolate right now.
I made the mistake of sewing the skirt for the body I wished I had instead of the body I have. I need to make the skirt a size bigger. I had already cut this pattern last spring in black in XS when I was at my ideal weight, so I tried to make the skirt bigger by making the seam allowances smaller. The pattern for the skirt is KWIK Sew 4113. I did add my waist elastic at the top of the waistband instead of lower where the pattern says to. That didn’t really make sense to me. I wish this skirt had more of a flare to it and was a little longer. I think I’ll try the Jalie pattern that goes with the top I made today, next time.
However I really like the top! It’s an older Jalie pattern that’s only available as a PDF. Jalie 2215. I like the slight retro vibe of it. I did make this pattern before but it was also too tight, so this time I sized up to a U and it fits great. I’m seeing a pattern here. Maybe I need to be more realistic. This fabric is so soft! It was gifted to me from a friend’s mom who used to work in fabric design at Patagonia. Their HQ are nearby in Ventura.
I really enjoy putting Jalie patterns together. I’m a visual person and the illustrations by themselves are perfect for me. I had a lot of trouble using woolly nylon in my serger loopers, but once I realized I had been threading it incorrectly it went together quickly. The woolly nylon makes the seams so much softer than normal thread. I wish I had found out about it sooner!