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The woman in the mirror
Does not look like the woman in my head
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Date: 2/6/14 9:43 AM

I am not very bothered by body image, or so I thought. I am having a terrible time reconciling pattern choices that I select based on the woman in my head with the disaster of trying to work with the real body. I recently made
Vogue 1263 in a eggplant melton and I look like a purple blob. Bummer

I guess this is just a rant but it is very difficult to learn what will look good on me that I will also like. I need to make some things for an end of March vacation including beachwear plus more nice everyday wear.

How are you dealing with this?

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Date: 2/6/14 10:16 AM

I'm with you - in my head I am still 20 (or more) years younger! lol

If it is possible to find a ready to wear item to try on with a similar silouette to what you want to make, that may help. Even if the fit isn't quite right you would get an idea of how the shape of the garment works with your shape BEFORE putting all that time, effort and money into sewing the item.
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Date: 2/6/14 10:25 AM

I know exactly what you mean. I've also struggled with my choices because sometimes I find a garment or pattern aesthetically pleasing on the model, but that just doesn't translate to my body! I have to really think about whether I would be comfortable wearing something like that and then try to think of the pattern in conjunction with my own body issues. I've also found it helpful to find bloggers who have a body type similar to mine and look at their pattern choices and learn from that.

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Date: 2/6/14 10:50 AM

I tend to avoid styles that will appear to have a box/square silhouette. If you are medium height, a long rectangle silhouette may make your body appear longer, but with a plus size figure, it could backfire. This pattern's style appears quite boxy to me, and the very wide collar likely adds to the massive appearance. It's pretty but I don't think it would be flattering to most plus size women.

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Date: 2/6/14 10:59 AM

Maybe we are just under-tall!

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Date: 2/6/14 11:03 AM

I understand. I got a bit heavy in college, and even when I was quite slender, my self-perception was fat. It took time for my brain to "catch up" with reality. The same is true now that I'm older and less svelte. I imagine myself as I was. I think this phenomenon is probably very common and explains why so many people wear clothes that too tight or otherwise unflattering, not to mention unflattering or outdated makeup and hairstyles. They aren't seeing what others see.

As much as I like purple, I'm really cautious not to wear it in anything that gives me the Barney the dinosaur look.

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Date: 2/6/14 11:13 AM

My thoughts exactly. I've done this more than once.

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Date: 2/6/14 12:42 PM

From browsing through the review gallery here I have seen many garments on figures similar to mine which look great, but without having seen them here I would never have thought of sewing them. On the other hand I have also seen garments on similar body types which I thought would look ok on my body, but do not look so good on my body type. So, whenever I really get going on sewing again I am eagar to try those styles which I previously passed on cause I thought they would not look good on my body type.

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Date: 2/6/14 1:00 PM

I think one of my biggest problems is, not knowing exactly what my body type is. I feel like a fluffy rectangle, but I do have a bit of a (high)waist. I have to stay away from anything that has a defined waistline(dresses, blouses). I can wear over blouses with pants and skirts.

My Mirrors lie!!!! They show me what I want to see. The only way I can tell if something is right or wrong is by taking a picture. The camera doesn't lie. Example: Last Fall, I slipped into a top I thought was the perfect thing for warmer weather. Cotton knit, raised waistline. I then saw a picture of me in this particular blouse. OMG!! I will never wear anything remotely plaid again! AND, my new bra style(non-molded) was another issue with this blouse

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Date: 2/6/14 1:08 PM

Sorry, I'll get back with my comments later.
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I have no idea what Apple thought I was saying so be a Peach and credit anything bizarre to auto correct.

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