So a question for those who know the mysteries of sewing? If I: a) ask for someone to give me some basic sewing classes for a Xmas present (the Oak Park park district offers basic sewing at a reasonable price), and if I
b) pack up all these clothes into a big bin and put them aside until spring, when we're settled in the new house and then I
c) actually set up my sewing machine in the craft room downstairs and leave it set up, along with an iron and ironing board, making it so much more likely that I will actually sew something, then
d) is it at all realistic to think that by, say, next fall, I might be able to refashion my clothes into something that fits my new size?
I might, of course, gain back the weight before then, but it seems unlikely -- I put on 15-20 pounds with each pregnancy, but have otherwise basically held steady for most of my adult life, give or take 5 pounds. And in the two months since the summer of weight loss, without any effort on my part, my weight has held steady. I'm actually planning to make one more push this month (October) to lose the last of the pregnancy weight (5-10 pounds) before winter comes, with its ardent desire for starch.
I'm trying to be realistic about the sewing idea, because I don't want to just have these clothes sit in a box for years. If they're not refashioned by next fall, I'd rather they went to someone else in need -- there are plenty of places to donate clothes around here. So is the idea of getting good enough at sewing to manage this competently (nothing fancy, but not looking totally amateurish either) in half-a-year at all reasonable?
(Note: If you're a local friend who wears XL or XL maternity, I'm also very happy to have you rummage through the box and take whatever appeals to you.)