I don’t shop for clothes much but what happened to quality?

I hate shopping for clothes, so I don’t do it much if I can avoid it. If I had the money, I would do all my clothes bespoke because nothing fits, or looks good on me.

I know there is childhood trauma behind my dislike of bra shopping and I’ve blogged about that before. I’ve complained about my inability to find jeans that fit but this time around, I’m looking for business clothes.

My new position at work means that I need banker clothes again. Sad thing is that I don’t fit into my old banker clothes. Those classic pieces that are still in style? I’ve put on 12 pounds since I last wore them for work. While I’m working on losing that 12 pounds, I need something to wear. So I’ve been wandering into Kohls, Dress Barn and other stores looking for dress pants, skirts and nice tops.

What happened to dress pants in the last five years? I can’t find a pair without a yoga style or elastic waist. If I tuck in a shirt they look like crap, not to mention the way they keep sliding down my butt. I know my butt is bigger than it used to be but really! What happened to zippers, snaps and belt loops?

Also, can I please have a pair of jeans without Lycra or Spandex? I would like a pair of denim jeans, again with buttons, snaps or zippers. I can live with the low rise jeans but please let me zip or button them closed.

And I would like sleeves in my shirts too. It seems everything I’m finding is tank style or has cuts in the sleeves so they might as well be sleeveless. And the material – I would like to put on a T-shirt and not have everyone see the color of my bra underneath. I’m beginning to see why people still do the 90’s layering thing, it’s so you don’t see their nipples.

For a while I thought it might be the stores I’m shopping in, so I popped into Nordstroms. Guess what? Same crap, higher prices. I’ve come to the conclusion though that I must be shopping in the wrong places so I’m going to start asking people who are wearing the styles I’m looking for where they shop. After all, someone must still have clothes I can wear out there somewhere.

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March Wipocalypse check-in

Question of the Month – What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?

I am not one of those people who cruise Etsy or Google looking for new patterns. I have enough in my stash of the people I discovered around the turn of the century when I started stitching again. My go to designers are Teresa Wentzler, Dragon Dreams, Sue Hillis, Just Nan and Mirabilia/Nora Corbett.

I would say the newest designers I have discovered are Armada Designs – I won her Dragonite at one of the Con volunteer events which led to me joining the Class Schedule Stitch Along. I’ve fallen behind on that one but I did finish January this month.

I did make some modifications but I’ve loved how clear and simple this design is. I’m looking forward to the rest of the design. It kills me how people in the SAL Facebook group make comments that would really hurt me if I were the designer.

I think back to how Nora Corbett has said it really hurts when people say, “well my wallet is safe” when she releases a design. People, think before you say things online. Would you say that to someone’s face if they were standing there? Then maybe you shouldn’t say it online.

Another new to me designer is Clouds Factory – I’ve been working on last year’s Fabulous Women Stitch Along – I’m behind again and finished February but haven’t finished March yet.

I’ve been adding beads to it but I learned that the beads do not work well with the Q-snaps so I didn’t bead Virginia’s necklace. I’m going to bead at the end.

I’m also working on the SAL from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery for this year – Into the Jungle. I’m staying current on this one.

I’m glad that we do have new designers and I love seeing all the new stitchers on Flosstube. I love also seeing the experiments people do with dyeing their own fabric too.

I did buy a tie dye kit to try on some Aida when I get ready to start Bothy Threads Alice in Wonderland. That’s some time off though, I have a lot of things kitted up ready to start and many that need to be finished first.

I’ve found a new job and I’m hoping that gives me more time to stitch since it includes travel time.