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Measure this, jcrew!

quick-weight-lossI love this picture.  It makes me laugh.  And it inspires me.  What does it do for you?  I find myself lately addicted to looking at people’s before and after weight loss pictures.  Now, obviously this one is computer generated, but you can find tons of people’s success stories out there for inspriration.  I try to steer clear of success stories that are tied into a product because I’m not buying.  I like trying to find someone just like me as far as age, height, start weight, and goal weight.  It’s inspiring to see someone achieve this goal because sometimes it’s so hard to believe that I can do this. 

Yesterday, my mom measured me to send in my initial stats to my seamstress, Brandie Thomas.  I was kind of excited for this because I had measured myself in the fall before I had lost weight, so it was important for me to see actual numbers of how my body has changed.  For me, this speaks louder than a weight. 

I have gone down two inches in my chest, two inches in my waist, and four inches in my hips.  My waist to hip ratio is .78 which is high.  The recommended ratio for minimizing heart disease (how this is linked is anyone’s guess) is .7 meaning that your waist measurement is 70% of your hip measurement.  Basically, for those who are math challenged, take your hip measurement and divide it by your hip measurement. 

Along with minimizing heart disease risk, your waist to hip ratio (WHR)  is also related to others’ attraction to you.  I was watching some show on some channel (It was late.) about a study where they had instructed participants to look at computer generated images with different WHRs and indicate if they were attracted to the figure or not.  They showed them all sorts of figures, but there were many more “attractions” to the figures that had a .7 WHR regardless of the starting numbers (small, large, etc).  A .7 WHR shows up throughout history in art featuring women as well.  Apparently this relates to a man’s perspective of how able a woman is to bear his offspring.  A .7 WHR ensures a large enough womb, I guess. 

The study showed even more attraction to WHRs closer to .5 which means that the waste of the figures was HALF of the hip measurements.  This would make childbearing nearly impossible, according to the study.  This indicates that men have given up on the whole child bearing idea rather to concentrate on the attraction for other reasons….hmmm….

So where does this leave me?  What are my goals for my WHR?  My measurements were as follows:

Height:  69″ (5’9″), Bust:  40.75″, UnderBust (Bra size): 35.75″, Waist: 35.5″, Hip: 45″, WHR:  .78

Goal (according to jcrew size charts size 10:  Bust: 37.5″, Waist: 30, Hip:  40″, WHR:  .75

Why did I pick size 10?  Dunno…just cause.  🙂  It’s a start, right? I wanted to set a realistic goal.

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Taking the plunge…dress update.

dressmeasurefigureSo I wrote a few days ago about my communication with a Chicago etsy seamstress about making my wedding gown by scratch to look like the jcrew Lucinda dress.  I wanted to give you all an update on how that is going. 

The first thing I did after my initial emails with BeyondtheReflection, aka Brandie Thomas, was I called my momma and asked her if she would be broken hearted if we didn’t have that mother/daughter moment in the bridal shop where I’m standing on the circular platform thingie and I’ve tried on a dress and I’m looking in the mirror and she’s crying and I’ m crying and the sales person is crying because we all know that I’ve found THE one.  She said, “Of course not!This will be so much fun”  I love my mom.  Have I told you all that before?  I LOVE my mom.  Both my parents are totally supportive of anything that I want to do, plus my mom has extreme common sense and exemplary taste in all things beauty and fashion related. 

My mom and I both are having so much fun so far in planning this wedding.  She is the one person who never tires of hearing my revolving door set of ideas.  Now we are both looking forward to the fittings and the trips to Chicago to work on this dress with Brandie.  We are starting this weekend by taking my measurements and sending them with the deposit for my dress so that Brandie can start work on the muslin mock up. 

Getting to this point took a little work, though.  Along with being supportive, my parents are protective of their rights and are often leary of businesses and vendors.  Everything has to be in writing.  My mom insisted that I ask for references and for a signed contract from Brandie before I submit my down payment via PayPal.  I was a little uncomfortable asking for this…although…I don’t know why I would be.  If you have prior success in your work, you’d be happy to show it off, right?  Anyhoo, Brandie was great and gave me several references to contact, and they have had nothing but wonderful things to say about their experiences working with her. 

I also asked Brandie if I could draw up a contract for the dress, and she agreed to that as well.  I am no lawyer, so I Googled “seamstress contract” and came up with three different examples that I combined into one to make it work for my situation.  I emailed it to Brandie and asked her to look it over and to make any changes that she saw fit and send it back to me.  It went back and forth a couple of times, but before two days were up, we had a contract.  This weekend, Brandie is signing it, scanning it, and sending it to me to be signed and sent back with my deposit.  Easy peasy!

If any of you are considering going this route and would like to see the contract that I used, feel free to leave me a comment, and I will email the template out to you.

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