Member since 9/8/12
Date: 4/19/14 11:41 AM
The Vogue site indicates this would be a good dress for a pear shaped figure.
Do you think it would be good for my pear shaped figure with a 10" difference between the waist and hips? My hips just out almost 3" below my waist. I would love to make summer sun dress out of it with some kind of eyelet fabric. I just don't want to look like a clown.
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Member since 4/20/08
Date: 4/19/14 1:09 PM
What a pretty dress. I would give it a shot...I like your avatar
It doesn't look as though it's real form fitting in the waist. Perhaps this is why they recommend it for the "pear".
If it had sleeves and didn't have those pleats coming from the neck line, I would make it for my rectangular self
Member since 8/15/08
Date: 4/21/14 0:46 AM
I would definitely make a muslin of the dress and check the fit. It is a beautiful dress...Good luck!
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Date: 4/21/14 4:27 AM
I have this pattern...it is maybe the 4th or 5th item in the queue. I do not plan to use that bodice. For me the pleats are not working with that cute skirt so another simpler princess bodice will replace that one. You could find a bodice with sleeves and put the two together as well.
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Member since 4/20/08
|In reply to EleanorSews <<
Date: 4/21/14 7:48 AM
Eleanor that's a great idea. I'm not terribly creative, so it's nice to have someone toss these ideas in my direction
I did learn while stitching up certain tops for the classroom at Joann's. Large busted women can not wear that type of neck treatment(pleats or folds). It just distorts the pleats and makes us look larger I do love those scallops.
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Member since 10/7/12
Date: 4/21/14 9:19 AM
Perception can be a tricky thing. I agree that pleated sort of bodice will make a big bust look even bigger.
But, I am also thinking maybe the poufyness up top balances the long horizontal lines on the skirt, making this flattering for a pear.
A sleek simple bodice will focus all the attention on the skirt and the horizontal lines. When the only focal point is horizontal lines across the widest body part, it might emphasize a pear shape. To avoid this, I'd select a bodice with horizontal lines to balance the lines on the skirt. Perhaps something with a yoke,
maybe a yoke incorporating the same scallop shape? Or a scalloped shape at the neck, or maybe a scalloped collar to draw attention to the face (and away from the hips)
I think people should wear what they love. So, if you love it, make it and wear it proudly!!
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