When I would put on my fancy, custom vest [New Clothes] at shows, I would think, ‘Hmmmpf, this doesn’t fit any better than my last-minute, non-custom vest [Important Questions].’ By contrast, I loved the shirt. When I tried the vest on at the fitters, I couldn’t remember what I disliked about it. However, the nice man found a few places to take it in anyway.
I may have made a mistake getting measured at end of a show day, when I was underfed and dehydrated. The result is well-fitted, bordering on snug. Which is fine, except that I’m currently at the low end of my weight range. I try to stay between 140 to 150. I’m at 143 lbs. Not a lot of wiggle room. Nothing for it but a few sit-ups & always remember to bring my non-fitted vest.
Yes, to me overweight means not fitting into my show clothes. We knew this [Diet Progress 2014].
As I said, I had planned to buy pants. Turned out the nice ones I already had could be lengthened.
From the way the vest and pants feel, I can tell I look très spiff. I have not looked in a mirror. There must have been one at the fitting appointment, but I didn’t see it/forgot to look. No full-length at home. I mostly put on the clothes and wait for more knowledgeable people to sign off.
Now to find occasions to wear them. Not sure when that will be. Last year, I rode in 7 saddle seat shows. Three were local, i.e. small, and one was in-house, i.e. very small. I only pulled out the full outfit three times. Did okay with the unmodified versions.
This year, I have even less of a plan. I’m sure (Lord willing etc.) that I will ride in the local fun shows. I have no idea about the fancier shows. There is even a potential conflict that could keep me from Nationals. Gasp! Clutch pearls!
Oh well. When the opportunity arises, I will be dressed and ready.
Thank you for reading,