We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Please ask Mrs. BD to keep her eye open for a company that provides great clothes for older women! There are some parts of the body that change even without over eating -- I know she'll understand. There is also the fact that no matter how active we stay or how healthy we eat the body still does tend to put on a few pounds every year over 40 or 50. I prefer the slightly padded look over the look that many older women strive for--a starved skeleton with only the bones and hanging skin showing--yick! Sooo, if we could find or create a Made in USA company for those of us a little over size 14--but not a Costco/Walmart size I would gladly support that company! As a sidelight to this conversation you might be interested to know that back in the 1960-1990 era most women gave up sewing their own clothes. Now, however as those generations have aged a little and all are confronted with the same two blouses on every rack in town (gathered under the bust!)More than 200,000 women are now sewing again! Tell Ms. BD I am able to purchase on line some of the finest Italian fabric you could ever ask for and sew a lovely garment for myself. Perhaps, this might be the last visible proof of that ol American spirit. Anyway, Mrs. BD and I share the same style preferences.
apple, I don't need a 14, but I find nothing suitable for an older woman! I can remember my granny only buying gray, black, etc. and with at least 3/4 sleeves(yes, I need that). It seems everything is intended for the young and women who don't dress for their age. All I can find even close are skirts and blouses, which don't seem very dressy for church. I don't have the energy to sew anymore.
Mary-sorry to hear about the "energy" problem. But, perhaps if you go to this website you will get your energy back! Even the guys will see how many women are now sewing for their husbands. They make camp shirts, and camp pants, robes and nice summer slacks (though, they do have to learn how to "not crowd the dance floor" ;-) ) Once they get that part of the garment correct they can make almost anything for DH as well as themselves. Of course, a fine suit is something else. However, I used to make my own suits--facing, interfacing,lining, etc. They came out very nice! Gotta thank that old high school requirement of sewing and cooking for the girls. Auto and wood shop for the boys. Both have served us well in this house. Here is the link: