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Em's Summer
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Date: 3/22/09 6:12 PM

Edited 4/9/09 to add this:

Links brought up in this thread that you might find interesting:

1) Courtesy of Annette - Breakout Bras - re fitting bras - see page 5 of this thread

2) Courtesy of Gilraen Surion - Inside Out Style (when you get to the blog, scroll down to April 4 and 5) re X and 8 types - see page 13 of this thread

3) Courtesy of Rosebeee - Space Between My Peers - re X and 8 types - see page 22 of this thread

4) Courtesy of Rosebeee - What's My body shape? - re X and 8 types - see page 22 of this thread

5) Courtesy of ITAdmin - Spiegel Style Quiz - re quiz to help determine one's fashion style - see page 43 of this thread.


-- Edited on 6/1/10 6:25 PM --

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From what others have said, the nasty message came from Fitting Woes, NOT Misc Hot Topics or the Civility thread.

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Date: 3/22/09 7:23 PM

I am so glad that you started this topic. My pattern that I love is the Vogue Wrap dress 8379. I have some OOP patterns that are Vogue and some vintage patterns from the 40's. I will have to scan in the pictures and see what you and the other hourglass gals think.

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Date: 3/22/09 7:44 PM

ooh ooh - yes please

And 40's fashion is perfect for us 'real women'.

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Date: 3/22/09 8:18 PM

For me, it seems that clothing that shows my shape without being snug is most flattering. Anything snug drips "Sexy" and that's not the look I'm promoting. But, loose styles read as "Matronly." Showing the waist, even if there isn't a belt is really important to my being flattered by an outfit.

I've also learned that I need to keep my pants long, have them fit well from waist to knee and flare a bit below the knee to balance the hips. Dark is always better, but a lighter neutral is okay with light tops if everything fits well.

For me, jackets the hit at high hip or at least above the widest part of my hips are much more flattering than jackets that hit at the widest hip level. A small shoulder pad or horizontal design element at shoulders makes a big difference in the total look, and that actually reduces the visual size of the bust.

Just above or just below the knee skirts work for me. If I'm at my thinnest (size 4-6 RTW), just above is perfect. To keep the same flattering proportion, I wear my skirts just below the knee when I'm at my biggest (size 10-12). I can't wear the same clothing at the different weights because what looks great when small looks blocky or matronly when bigger.

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Date: 3/22/09 8:30 PM

Yes, great topic!

Re: NL 6731-- isn't it funny how all patterns say that they are for hourglass figures, yet some really are not? When I've made 'shapeless' type patterns, I've always ended up darting the heck out of them to get them to work. These two from Vogue, for example:




But I've loved heavily darted or princess-seamed patterns! Like:



And knits are an hourglass figure's best friend!

Thanks for the P/P pattern, Em-- I'll check it out.

Can't wait to hear what else has worked!

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Date: 3/22/09 8:53 PM

Quote: Jennifer shaw
I am so glad that you started this topic. My pattern that I love is the Vogue Wrap dress 8379. I have some OOP patterns that are Vogue and some vintage patterns from the 40's. I will have to scan in the pictures and see what you and the other hourglass gals think.

I'll second Vogue 8379!!

I find that dresses always work well for me (and not just because I hate sewing pants!).

But a dress with a fitted top and flared skirt always work best, like Vogue 8315 and McCall 5314. Especially those with a bit of a retro look to them. I have also had good results with skirts that provide a similar silhouette, Vogue 8455 gets compliments every time I wear it.

My total failures? I'll agree that anything that is even remotely shapeless. But two of my most giant failures were Simplicity 3678and Vogue 1012. I ended up giving both of them to a friend that was pregnant!!

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Date: 3/22/09 9:48 PM

What's hourglass proportion? Something like 36-26-36 ? I thought that hourglass is the ideal shape for women, how come you run into problems?

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Date: 3/22/09 10:35 PM

Quote: jaeng
What's hourglass proportion? Something like 36-26-36 ? I thought that hourglass is the ideal shape for women, how come you run into problems?

An hourglass figure has the bust and hip at roughly the same size and a smaller, defined waist. Commonly hourglass ladies also are heavy in the thigh area but have slender calves and ankles. Of course very few of us are 'standard' shapes and there are numerous variations within the standard.

It's probably the ideal shape if you are tall, slender and young! If you are an 'ample hourglass' there are problems - such as with pants fitting e.g. to fit in the hips/thighs, the waist is always too large and gaping. Ideally, we look for clothes which define and shape the waist, while minimising the larger bust and hips.

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Date: 3/22/09 10:42 PM

36-26-36? I haven't seen those measurements since the 6th grade! Try 41-30-42.

No matter your shape, there will ALWAYS be things that look better or worse on you. For example, skinny legged jeans. Can't wear them. Look like an ice cream cone. Also, anything without definition at the waist just makes me look fat and shapeless. I have to have a cinched waist or else I just look lumpy.

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Date: 3/22/09 11:02 PM

Me too!

This is a great topic and I'm enjoying all your comments here on the thread.

I often add a complimentary sash to a simple t-shirt to pull a look together or add a belt to a shapeless jacket or shirt.

I have saved several garments from the wadder pile that way--and get many compliments.

Changes the look of an outfit entirely!

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