Kymy’s Momiform MAKEover
I have always carried extra weight in my tummy. I am an apple shape with a very large bust and all extra weight goes straight to my tummy and, over the years, I have learned how to hide it with loose t-shirts and my husbands 2XL hoodies, which are way to big for me. Not only was I hiding my tummy, but I think I was hiding part of me. Hiding behind the baggy clothes (which made me look even heavier), the kids, the busy schedule. But you know what? All that hiding and it didn’t make me feel any better. I am not doing any special diets, taking pills, patches, shakes or wraps, I am just watching my portions and working on keeping a nicely healthy and balanced diet and significantly changed my activity habits. I still have my cake and eat it too, I just eat a smaller piece and make sure I balance out my eating the rest of the day ;). I also reached out to a mutual friend and started doing her Tabata Bootcamp class twice a week. Other than that, the biggest help to changing my habits has been my FitBit.
I started with a FitBit Flex for the first 3 months. The app has a food log that tracks and compares my calories in versus calories out and tells you how many calories to eat to lose different amounts of weight based off your actual activity levels. It tracks sleeping, steps, and you add in your work outs as well. I did challenges with my friends, but the main thing is that it just made me aware of how much I was moving! I would notice ‘I am 500 steps away from 8,000’ and I would decide to go do some chores or go for a walk instead of sitting down to watch TV.
As I started creeping up from 2,500-5,000 steps a day to 5,000-8,000 I found I was starting to enjoy working out more and I kept pushing my self a little more. In August I upgraded to the FitBit Charge HR and I seriously LOVE it. Is it perfect? No, but it is a great guide and tool. The heart rate feature has made a big difference in my working out and training. I plateaued for a while and when I got the Charge HR I realized that some of my work outs were more calories then the generic ones and others less. So, in turn, I was actually under eating by more than 800 calories a week, which is bad for your body because it starts storing fat. It helped me to adjust what I was doing, which meant eating a little more each day, and I have once again started losing weight.
I have lost 26.9 pounds in 4.5 months. While the weightloss is nice, the inches lost is a MUCH bigger deal. I lost 12″ off my waist alone! The bigger deal is that my waist to hip ratio has went from .98 which is a VERY high risk of type two diabetes and heart disease to .74 which is NO additional risk! That is a HUGE deal. I am feeling MUCH better, I am stronger, and my autoimmune disorder and fibromyalgia are both much more manageable. The biggest thing of all though is that I can keep up with my kids … and they actually get tired before I do! They are my everything, BUT I have to remember that having healthy, happy kids means they need a healthy, happy mom ;).
Getting stronger on the outside has made me stronger on the inside! I don’t want to hide in the frumpy, camouflaging clothes anymore. This summer, I lived in my activewear. When taking my 5 kids school clothes shopping, though, I decided mom deserves new clothes too! The only problem was, even though I am much smaller, I still have plenty of fit issues … so it’s time to sew something for ME.
This is one of my typical outfits this summer. It’s better then the jeans and crazy big sweatshirts of my past Momiform but, with school starting, I wanted something a little more fun.
So for my Momiform MAKEover I made myself 3 new shirts, a cardigan, and a pair of leggings. I have a few other pieces that I started but need to alter and will have to share with you later when they are finished. I cheated and didn’t make any ‘real’ pants, but I will tell you why. I have shrunk a lot and I am still shrinking. Pants take time to make and are something you want to wear a lot. When I am only in a size for 3-6 weeks, it’s just too much time and money, especially when I can get used and sale jeans for $12 or less a pair ;). So I got two cute new pairs of skinny jeans on sale cheap and am just making them work for right now!
Outfit #1 was the first idea I had when I heard about this. I wanted something that was simple but could be dressed up a little more. I paired my new skinny jeans with the turquoise pumps my 4 year old found on clearance for $7 at Payless Shoes, the new purse I earned from hosting a Thirty One party with my awesome consultant Rachel, and my favorite scissor necklace I got off Etsy years ago. And of course my favorite accessory, my FitBit Charge HR that is a big part of the reason why I am needing to sew myself some new clothes in the first place! The MAKEover part of this outfit is the top and cardigan.
The last outfit I finished was something new to work out in. Honestly in a very short time I have grown to love it! As I have shrunken my bootcamp trainer and friend Patty has asked why I always wore such over sized tank tops. Now they were less baggy when I started and she could see my shape when I moved around, but as I lost weight she couldn’t anymore. I finally came in one day in a fitted tank top and she was shocked. Not that I had a different type of top, but she saw for the first time just how much my body had changed!
I got this amazing cotton lycra fabric from a Riki Custom Print Knit Fabrics on Facebook and fell IN LOVE. When it arrived I wanted something for me so I decided to make the EYMM Everyday Essentials Cami as a regular tank. This is the full cup version and it actually covers my J cup boobs and bra! It is practical for working out, but makes me feminine and confident at the same time. I paired it with a boring new pair of the EYMM Get Moving Leggings because all of my mediums are now to big to run in and I needed some size small. Honestly though, can you really have too many pairs of black leggings? And one last time, you can’t forget the Fitbit!
Joelle’s Momiform MAKEover
So, if you follow the EYMM blog at all, you are probably wondering right now why in the world I would need to take part in the Momiform MAKEover Blog Tour. I sew for myself almost weekly and try to pick things that flatter in colors I love so I feel good wearing them. In fact, when Kymy told me she had signed us both up for the tour, she finished by tellng me, “I think it will be fun for both of us to do one post … though it’s hard since you dress fabulous in handmade all the time! LOL”
Um … I didn’t correct her at the time, but I have a confession to make. I have this terrible habit of “saving” my handmade clothes for when I go out and about, so I can *ahem* “show off” the awesomeness to other people.
Because of this, I’m really good about not leaving the house wearing lounge wear. I generally swap out my yoga pants for jeans and throw on a handmade top before going out the door. I’m lucky enough to be able to stay home with my small children and I have this awesome online job as part of EYMM, which encourages me to sew and write about it (my two passions combined!). Yet, 75% of the time, I’m walking around the house in too-tight RTW yoga pants and stained tops, looking something like this:
Don’t think it’s that bad? The photos really hide some of the yuckiness and simply don’t do the awfulness much justice … here, let me show you what I mean:
And that doesn’t even point out the 2-3 inch rip in the crotch! Haha! My poor husband has to come home to that mess almost every day (tho he probably doesn’t mind the rip as much as the stains and poor fit, LOL). So I thought that maybe I should focus on making some nicer looking clothes to wear around the house, which leads us to my first look.
I made a pair of Patterns for Pirates Straight Palazzo Pants from sweatshirt fleece. They don’t drape as well as the pattern intends, but they are so nice and cozy that I’ll now reach for them more often than my icky RTW lounge pants. The only change I made was to add front patch pockets, so I’d have somewhere to stash my phone to keep it out of the toddler’s hands.
To balance out the fullness of the pants, I reached for one of my favorite EYMM patterns. I made this Asymmetrical Drape Top from a slinky, lightweight spandex jersey blend. It is super soft and the floral pattern is pretty on trend. I love how it clings in all the right places, but the gathers hide that post-5-baby tummy.
My second look is just as comfortable as my first, but is a bit dressier looking.
I normally fall in the “leggings are not real pants” camp, but thought I’d put together a leggings-based outfit since they seem to be the style this fall. After debating which top pattern would safely cover my derrière while still being appropriate for fall, I thought why not wear layers?
I first made a California Dress since it is my absolute favorite dress pattern and always makes me feel fabulous. To make it tunic length, I cut my hem about 3 inches shorter than the “above knee” length included in the pattern. Then, to cover my arms for fall weather, I got out my Candy Castle Patterns Citron Twist Shrug pattern and lengthened the sleeves to end at my elbow (which, besides being warmer for chilly weather, is more flattering on my large upper arms anyway). The bonus of wearing this shrug is that it pulls the dress in under my bust and eliminates the need to wear a belt in order to shape my waist.
I was running short on time, so for pictures I used my “knee capri” length ‘Get Moving’ Leggings that I made to go with my lace yoke hack Kymy’s Dolman a couple weeks ago. I’ve got my eye on some wet look spandex in JoAnn’s performance fabrics section to make a leather-look, ankle-length pair for fall!
My new outfit will be perfect for days when I have things to go out and do (like pre-school pick-up, shopping, or buying more fabric) but still want to be super comfortable.
I’m going to have to focus on changing my save-the-handmade-to-show-off mindset so that these and the many more handmade outfits in my closet get worn more regularly and my hubby can enjoy a better-dressed wife, even on days when I don’t leave the house. Heck, maybe I’ll even throw on a little lipstick before he gets home! Haha!
Happy Sewing!! ~ Joelle
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