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Date: 7/13/12 0:28 AM

does anyone have any recommendations for an upper tummy that sticks out a bit. it doesn't stick out that much, but a little. its much more apparent in empire waist.

so do you guys have suggestions for dresses or tops that won't hug my upper stomach?

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Date: 7/13/12 1:49 AM

Amina, try some cross over or draped or pleated style tops or dresses that will confuse the eye and have it travel diagonally across or down the body rather than settle in one place.
There are some really nice Khaliah Ali patterns in Plus sizes you could try, particularly I am thinking Simplicity 2635 and 2660 and 1945 (I must get this myself and try it, I love the look of the pleated wrap top, so nice!)
And you might think your tummy sticks out a bit but other people probably haven't noticed it as much as you do!
Nice people look beyond physical features but there's no reason why we can't disguise our figures if it makes us feel more comfortable.

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Date: 7/13/12 1:12 PM

well i only notice it in the empire waist top that i got as a night gown - soo cute but then i'm like "ughh really?"
so yeah thanx

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Date: 7/13/12 4:06 PM

What kind of features are you looking for and what event/events do you need to cover?

I think this Colette pattern
colette rooibos pattern, This is about as high a neckline as I'd go, but this is a nice square neck so it keeps an frame near the face. This is sleeveless, so a nice light shawl or little jacket would be nice to add. The vertical bodice seams  are slimming and lengthening. The empire waist could be a different color (possibly darker) to slim and make your waist/bust differentiation greater. You could remove the low pockets, but they are low enough that you wouldn't have bulk added to your hips or waist/torso. could work for either, depending on fabric.

You might also like this Colette dress
colette oolong, This dress is a bias cut, which means with the right print, you could have diagonal lines, which are slimming. The V is good and the bust gathers both should help draw the eye up. If you don't mind some emphasis on the gals, this style with right fabric would be lengthening and very formal.
Vogue 2900 might work well. It has vertical line seams on the torso and a dropped waist, which could lengthen the body.
For a looser look, this Simplicity has been very well reviewed here. simplicity 2369, This would make a great top with that Vogue skirt. A nice possibility is to sew the wrap over piece into the side seam to eliminate the tie. The tie on this, where positioned, could add bulk at the side or over the belly. The light sleeves and the V should draw the eye up, while the light ruching disguises the gut.

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Date: 7/13/12 6:25 PM

I have the same problem and have made this dress with good results:



Review is here.

It's a Burda Plus pattern.

Other than that, I tend to stick with empire lines, but have to make sure there's not too much gathering under the bust, otherwise I end up with a maternity look.

I like the look of that Simplicity wrap top above and have that on my list of things to sew.

I did try the Vogue 1250 that everyone is raving about. My advice would be to avoid that one, as it highlights that aspect you are trying to avoid. I like the idea of a cowl neck, though, so am still on the search for a suitable pattern.

I try to aim for things that drape across, or draw attention up towards the face.

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Date: 7/13/12 7:25 PM

I made this and got lots of compliments
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?reviewnum=75289

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Date: 7/14/12 9:07 AM

umm, I'm just looking for casual house dresses or summer dresses. nothing too fancy and nothing that I need someonelse to zip up for me.

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Date: 7/14/12 9:13 AM

A nice plus sized casual dress is Butterick 5347 Pattern I made a sleeveless version and have literally worn it to shreds. Yes, it is kind of sacklike but very comfy for hot weather. The only embellishment is the opportunity to add an interesting button or pin at the front pleat. I also suggest you bind the neck and sleeves instead of those nasty facings.

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Date: 7/14/12 11:12 AM

Okay, for casual, easy dresses, I found a few things that could work.
Butterick 5600 Photobucket
has been well reviewed here. For an apple shape, I'd probably leave off the waist belt and rely on the button placket for vertical lines.

Butterick 5638 has also gotten good reviews.Photobucket
I'd probably skip the belt and the boob ruffles. But it has nice seam lines.

This HotPatterns Uptown Downtown dress Photobucket
Has been loved by all who've made. Lots of different body types have praised it, called it flattering, and have made it for all four seasons.

I also like this top as a dress. Extend and adjust the back shirring to give you a waist! Easy toss on style
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This Decades of Style '50s Diamond DRess Photobucket
might work too. The diamonds could bring in the waist, the zipper gives a vertical line, and the V neck is slimming too.

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Date: 7/14/12 11:17 AM

And my Vogue picks... grab some smelling salts, 'cause I found some odd styles for ya!
Possibly not the most flattering, but an easy style and very summer-- loose-- Vogue 1228 Photobucket adjust the bust and easy breezy summer dress! It has been well received here too, by different body types.

Vogue 1233-- variation on the classic shirtdress
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Vogue 8629 Photobucket
I wonder if those pleats, when sewn down, would be slimming and verticalizing? Making new words-- every academics favorite activity!
And 8813Photobucket
I wonder if the shirring details and pockets would create shape and a different silhouette?

Enjoy!

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