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Date: 2/10/12 0:17 AM

How do you decide where you want to hem your top? I just finished McCalls 6078. The top is very long, not the look I want. I am unsure where to stop the length? Do I stop it before the widest part of my hips? Is there a proportion formula that would work? Any help would be appreciated.

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Date: 2/10/12 2:42 AM

Looks like some people have made it in a tunic length & some people have made it in more of a regular length. I think what's flattering depends on your individual shape. Maybe pin up (or tape up) the hem of it and see if it looks better shorter?

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Date: 2/10/12 7:01 AM

Yes, there is a proportion formula- the golden ratio.

Threads article: Find Your Best Silhouette

Googling "golden ratio clothing proportions" will show you some more in-depth examples and practical applications.

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Date: 2/10/12 8:58 AM

Hi Dove29,

I have it pinned at 13.25 inches from under the armhole and I think it looks okay. Proportion wise it is hard to determine what is the best length. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Date: 2/10/12 9:07 AM

Unfinished projects, This is exactly what I was looking for. I wasn't sure about top proportions. "Golden Ratio of Clothing Proportions" explains this very well.

In a Shannon Gifford pr class she had reviewed proportions for best lengths in skirts and pants(capris) (Building a Skirt Muslin and Building a Pant Muslin) and it so helpful. But her information was more pointed towards skirts and pants. She was so excellent.

I have been looking for weeks for some information like this. I knew I could count on someone here at pr for the answer. Thank you so much.

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Date: 2/10/12 11:11 AM

There is an old but excellent little book called Flatter Your Figure that addresses proportion with a ton of illustrative photos.

It is true that the fashion photos are dated--but the figure analysis and proportion ideas are timeless. Check out the positive reviews of the book at the above site!


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Date: 2/10/12 11:25 AM

Unfinished Projects, I read some of the comments attached to the Threads Article "Best Silhouette". A few suggested reading Peggy Sagers "Dressed to Kill Gently" - former title "My Very Best Dressed Me" and "Looking Good: Wardrobe Planning & Personal Style Development" by Nancy Nix Rice. Each book goes in more depth then the article. I appreciate you pointing me in the right direction.
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Date: 2/10/12 12:43 PM

I believe Peggy Sagers @ Silhouette Patterns addressed this question during her last webcast which is available to view anytime @ SilhouettePatterns.com

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Date: 2/10/12 4:22 PM

Thanks, PattyGee for bringing up this timely question. Proportion can make or break the project so it's an important part of planning. Thank you and all the others for the great references that were shared!

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