I received this question by email recently:
“I would really like to start sewing for myself, but for the last year or so, my weight seems to fluctuate 2 to 3 sizes within a month. No, I’m not menstrual or menopausal. Many of your patterns are pretty fitted. I don’t know if you or any of your readers ever have this issue, and I was wondering, do I just pick the largest size I go to for my pattern and then wear loose clothing when I’m smaller, or do I make the dress in 3 different sizes? This may seem trivial or silly to ask, but it’s really got me stumped and is keeping me from even starting to sew.”
Obviously, there’s no one-size-fits-all (heh) answer to this question, but I’ve heard many comments from you guys here and there about weight loss, weight gain, and pregnancy. I thought you could help this reader by telling us about your own experience and how you adjust or plan your sewing for it.
Do you have tips for creating a handmade wardrobe while taking weight fluctuations into account? Do you make clothes in different sizes? Have you found ways to adjust clothing to make it more wearable or flattering at different sizes?