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With a distance of more than 6" between waist and hips
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Date: 3/17/14 10:28 AM

I am hoping this thread will help those of us who are extremely pear shaped. Please ignore the post description that is underneath the post title. I can't figure out how to edit it.

If you are a pear shape with a difference of several pattern sizes between your waist measurement and full hip measurement (skirts/pants) or between your bust measurement and hip measurement (dresses) could you post about regarding the list below? I have difference from a size 10-12 bust size to a size 16-18 hip size. Perhaps it will prevent me from making more bad choices.

1) Patterns you have made, fit well, and look good on you
2) Patterns you have made which you like that you think emphasize your pear shape regardless whether they do or not.
3) Patterns you know that are easy to alter
4) Ideas for altering patterns
5) Fabrics you have used and were happy or unhappy with.
6) Patterns you have made and are wadders and why
7) Miscellaneous thoughts

PR is such a great place to ask advice! Thanks for your help.


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Date: 3/17/14 11:36 AM

I too am interested in what folks have to say about this. My waist-hip difference is 11 inches!

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Date: 3/17/14 11:55 AM

I always add to the side seam allowances so that they are 1" so if I need to let them out I can. I baste them and try on for fit and that way I can adjust them before sewing the seam.

My pearness is in my lower hip/thigh are and I find a-line and gored skirts are a flattering look. Fitted tops, rather than boxy ones are best. Super tapered pants are not the best look for me, but I can wear straight leg. The worst skirt look for me is an ankle length straight skirt.

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Date: 3/17/14 12:12 PM

I have a 13 inch difference between waist and lower hip, so am definitely interested in others' suggestions. I've had good luck with a Simplicity Amazing Fit dress pattern (Simplicity 2648). The top pattern pieces come in cup sizes and the bottom pieces have slim/average and curvy options. They also provide 1 inch seam allowances and suggest basting first to check fit.

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Date: 3/17/14 12:35 PM

I'm so happy to see this thread. I have an 11" difference and also have very narrow shoulders that only add to the unbalanced shape. Just this morning I finished sewing up my first Lady Skater Dress from Kitschy Koo. The fit is lovely and very flattering to my pear shape. I will be making more of these.

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Date: 3/17/14 2:20 PM

I have narrow shoulders, too, as well as a small bust.
Do you think it would be difficult to make the Skater Dress if I have never sewn knits? Well, that is with good quality knits? I found out the really cheap knits are impossible for me to handle. Thanks!

One additional question. What type of fabric did you make the dress in. Is it available on line? I don't even know what kind of fabric to look at!
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Date: 3/17/14 2:58 PM

I have a lower than average bust line and am very short-waisted (combined with quite a long torso from my waist to my seat), so anything that emphasizes the small diameter of my waist is not very flattering. But if your torso is longer on top (as mine was when I was younger) you will likely find a-line skirts to be flattering.
On the other hand, straight leg pants are quite flattering (my legs are slightly longer than usual, but I definitely need a 'tall' for the waist-to-crotch length) as long as I don't 'tuck in' my tops....

I also think some of the answer depends upon whether your width is mostly on the sides of your body (mine is and is caused by bone structure) or whether you are thicker front to back (which can also be bone structure or muscle)
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Date: 3/17/14 4:09 PM

Quote: kajero
I have narrow shoulders, too, as well as a small bust.

Do you think it would be difficult to make the Skater Dress if I have never sewn knits? Well, that is with good quality knits? I found out the really cheap knits are impossible for me to handle. Thanks!



One additional question. What type of fabric did you make the dress in. Is it available on line? I don't even know what kind of fabric to look at!
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It would actually be a very good choice, as it has instructions for both beginner and more advanced people. The company has tutorials on sewing with knits on their website, too.

I used a very strange knit. It's a "Scuba Knit" from FabricMart. But it's not a neoprene-like scuba fabric like I've seen in fabric stores. It's very much like a double knit polyester. It looks similar to a ponte but it's not as stretchy. Initially I had trouble with it and had to size up in the pattern to get the bodice over my head (I made a muslin of the bodice, just in case). In the end the fabric worked great and was easy to work with. The dress looks great and is so similar to one I tried on last summer that was about $200.
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Date: 3/17/14 5:03 PM

I am a slim pear, with about a 10 or 11" difference between waist and hips (used to be more but you know how that goes).

I am fianlly getting some of the Sewaholic patterns to try, since they are designed for pear shapes. I am really looking forward to seeing how the work. Their listed measurement are slightly more curvy than mine but I think these will work nicely.

I've had pretty good luck with Burda bottom patterns (skirts, pants).

I tend to like drapey fabrics, and shaped clothing, vs stiffer fabrics and looser clothing. I can look 'lost' in some clothing otherwise. And as someone else mentioned, boxy clothes tend to do that to me.


As for ideas for altering patterns: I like to start with something close to begin with. Then if necessary I can do a little scaling between sizes (pivot & slide), &/or add an extra dart. If I have to do too much altering, I tend to get bogged down and never get the garment made! (Sometimes I don't even start, just given the prospect of it.)


re knits - Knits are so forgiving for fit, but they can be squirrely to sew. Try using some laundry starch (I think someone on this board talked about tapioca as an alternative to that) to make them a bit less so if you have had trouble with them. There are so many fabulous knit fabrics, it is worth using them!


P.S. When you say "distance between waist and hip" do you mean circumference difference or the height difference from the smallest part of the waist to the largest part of the hip? I'm probably about at 6" in vertical distance between my hip and waist, although I flare out pretty quickly.
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Date: 3/17/14 5:35 PM

Quote: AnneM
P.S. When you say "distance between waist and hip" do you mean circumference difference or the height difference from the smallest part of the waist to the largest part of the hip? I'm probably about at 6" in vertical distance between my hip and waist, although I flare out pretty quickly.
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I edited the original post with more detail to explain what I was using as the difference. Thanks for pointing this out.

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