I was amazed at all the care you all took to help me out, which was lovely. Thanks so much. However, I was so much happier when I dropped the sewing idea completely. Ha!
I was also amazed that so many of us have the same issues with patterns, and our mature figures. I have some patterns that I make over and over again because they work, and usually they require knit fabrics, which of course, have built in ease. In real life I so rarely wear woven clothing, I admit. T-shirt, knit tops etc. The sleeveless versions of the patterns I used fit perfectly, but my arms, especially since I lost 30 lbs, look like very wrinkled fish bellies, and are not for public display.
Funny that no one suggested that I just go ahead and order a garment or two from Marketplace of India! I'll figure out something else to do with my quilt fabric...besides quilting it. Eventually.
Thanks again for chiming in. I so appreciate that you are there for me.
And now to answer a request about the garden.
We have ABUNDANCE.
This one fig tree has outgrown all the others. At least 14 inches of new growth. I am thrilled.
And Bells of the Orange and Red varieties. Unseen but still growing are the beets. Poor beets. Covered almost completely by the monstrous sweet potato vines.
I am amazed at the size of the rutabagas. Their leaves have become lace from the cabbage worms but they still seem to be getting bigger anyway. I will have a lot of mashed rutabaga dinners this fall.
The squash and cucumber continue to overproduce for our needs and I have given away so much more than we have eaten, that I am ashamed. I loved seeing the big plants and all the fruit they produced but I think it was the last time I will grow them. My spindly tomatoes are full of fruit and I have kept up with eating those. Yum!