Thanks Emerald… that might be something to think about.
I was actually quite excited last night as I recalled that in my 1st year in formation, the widow of one of the deacons who we (my wife and I) were very good friends with, had given me a number of his old vestments (two albs, some stoles, and a dalmatic). He, the deceased deacon, was about my height (more trim though) so these things will all work well. There was a beautiful (older though) alb from Slabbinck that was 65% poly 35% cotton I believe, that will work well I think. It did not feel as heavy as the one I have.
It has the buttons to close it up, and those may need to be adjusted a little as the chest and wound the shoulders feels a little tight. I’m thinking a good tailor might be able to take the buttons and make them just decorative and make it so that it closes with velcro. This might allow it to not be as restrictive in the shoulders. Or, possible it just needs some adjusting in other ways.
Anyhow, this made me happy as I had forgotten about these, and now I don’t have to invest, hopefully, in new vestments right away. I don’t know much about tailoring and all, but hopefully this can be done. I’d love to be able to wear his alb and he was one of the first deacons that I had known, and was very instrumental when my wife and I first got married and involved in the Church. I also know it would mean the world to his wife to see her husbands vestments being worn again.