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Message Board > Sewing for Petite Sizes > Fashions for petite women over 50 ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 2/14/12 3:59 PM

I'm only about 5 feet tall and not tiny like some petites. I could stand to lose 20 pounds...mostly in my butt and belly since I hit 54. I hate wearing pants anymore because I feel it draws attention to my big butt but then I think long tunics that hide my butt make my legs look even shorter. I have too much of a pooch to wear blouses tucked in. Yuck! What's a figure like mine supposed to wear?

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Date: 2/14/12 6:12 PM

Wear quality knit shells (or made from a good knit fabric) in either natural fibers or blends with some natural fiber content. Make sure that they fit; not snug, not loose. What you have is there, clothes that try to hide it or don't fit will not serve you well. Besides if you hide some things you'll most likely end up also hiding your best assets.

Skip the tunics and go for an unstructured jacket over the shell. Find the magic length that reaches just to the bottom of your tummy or a smidge longer. It will make your hips look slimmer and won't accent your bottom by upholstering it.

Marci Tilton has some designs that almost look a little boxy but have a nice drape and will be flattering. Loes Hinse has some jackets/tops that will be very flattery to you. Pick up your vibrancy or contrast in your shell or tank. Use fluid fabrics and, generally, avoid too much contrast between your jacket and pants/skirts.

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Date: 2/14/12 6:25 PM

I have no idea what's in or out for petites right now. I love what you have been sewing-especially the shirt and jeans combo in January. I have been wearing straight legged pants, or retro flares, and knit tops with a jacket or cardi. Today I was installing shelves and am wearing brown jeans (thrifted), a brown and maroon Sorbetto, and a maroon matte jersey cardi (S2288). I try to draw attention to my face-one of the last thin places on this body

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Date: 2/14/12 7:44 PM

I've never sewn Loes Hinse patterns but I just got in the mail today the tuxedo blazer. I haven't seen any recent reviews on it though. I wonder what fabric would look nice?

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Date: 2/16/12 7:41 PM

Oh, that is so pretty! Loes Hinse tuxedo jacket I love the creamy textured fabric in the first picture but I would definitely try for something more interesting and less ladylike. I mean if I were to make this for myself. What are you planning to pair with it?

It would be very cool in a dark linen with some silk screening.

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Date: 2/16/12 9:58 PM

That tuxedo jacket looks like it will be very sharp for you. Nice, long, lean collar. The extended line of the band going all the way down to the center bottom front. Even the little slits on the sleeves lengthen the line. Very sharp.

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Date: 2/17/12 8:18 AM

Not sure what I'm going to wear it with and can't decide what fabric to use. I'm thinking that long shawl collar will draw your eye up making me look taller. One can only hope! I just hope it has enough fitting to it and doesn't just hang on me.

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Date: 2/17/12 8:41 AM

I say we who are over 50 (or over 60) have earned the right to wear whatever we desire.

Annette

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Date: 2/17/12 4:31 PM

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I say we who are over 50 (or over 60) have earned the right to wear whatever we desire. Annette

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Date: 2/17/12 7:20 PM

This morning, I was doing a search on another topic when I came across the following fashion advice Project Runway's Tim Gunn gave to a group of women from the American Sewing Group's Chicago chapter in 2008.

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