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Favorite tummy hiding pattern
- help me hide my "pooch" without looking pregnant!
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Date: 10/24/06 1:23 PM

Okay, so I am again on the losing end of the fight against tummy flab and getting very annoyed at all my clothes that make me look like I'm rolly polly or preggers.

So I was wondering if you all could suggest a good pattern for disguising the bread bowl attached to my abdomen. I prefer something easy to sew, but for the right pattern I'm willing to work!

Thanks in advance!
Kristie

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Date: 10/24/06 6:27 PM

I've dealt with this always. #1, stay away from pleated pants. They may be more comfortable, but nothing quite like a pocket to carry your tummy around in!

What do you usually wear?

I generally wear snug jeans and don't tuck my shirts in. Not too tight and not too loose, I find that the best length of top falls just below the bottom of my tummy pooch. That way I don't look like I'm actively hiding something, and hopefully people are looking at my legs!

Kelly

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Date: 10/24/06 6:31 PM

I've heard NL6429, the wrap dress, is good for concealing a "brioche".

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Date: 10/24/06 6:34 PM

I have found just the opposite - that wrap anything draws attn to the brioche (great new name:-)

I am one of those who is happy that skinny pant w long tops are back!

Nina

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Date: 10/24/06 8:26 PM

As far as what I normally wear - jeans and a t-shirt. Usually mid-low rise, long DownEast tank tops underneath, with various t-shirts. My favorite this summer has been the trendy empire waist /lingerie type tank tops. Now that it is getting in to winter, I am avoiding last year's fleece and knit v-necks from Old Navy and the shrugs that were my staples (where oh where has my little size gone?) I really like having shirts that go to my hips - in fact I got rid of most of my sweaters because it seemed they all ended right underneath the brioche (LOVE IT!) and it peeked out too often.

I often fluctuate in weight but seem to stay the same in the shoulders/bust area. This last go-round the brioche just doubled in size - and there's nothing in the oven

My favorite shirt is S5595. I just made NL 6534 that turned out too big but want to try again because it was easy and comfortable. Projects in queue are NL 6515, 6430 and S4887.

BTW, I really love reading your suggestions, and hearing what works for you all. Especially since everyone is so different, it gives me so much information and helps me to better fit myself. Now I just need to figure out how to sew as much as I read.

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Date: 10/24/06 10:03 PM

I think the key to hiding the belly is to get the fit right. Anything that pulls in under the belly is going to emphasize it. Your pants should drape over the belly and not tuck back under through the crotch so that the roundness isn't showing. A tunic style top to cover the top of the pants can also be a good camoflage to the belly. Don't go too long on the tunicif you are short, though. There are several plus-sized woman here who post pics of their garments that flatter a belly. I'm not saying that you are plus-sized, I don't know, it's just that we larger girls are used to this problem and have learned how to handle it.

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Date: 10/24/06 11:45 PM

I always cut shirts and knit tops way too long, then experiment with the hem length as one of the last steps in sewing them. A curved hem (longer in CF and CB, higher on the sides) is often the most flattering because it doesn't create a straight line across the hips, but it covers the tummy.

Tummy. Doesn't that sound cute? Wish mine was cute.

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Date: 10/25/06 2:19 AM

You can tilt your shirt patterns a little bit...so it won't pull on your stomach. Say you have it all cut out, starting at the top of the shirt pattern, right towards the end, move the bottom of it away from the center fold so you have that tiny bit of extra fabric, like half an inch to an inch scoot.
I remembered that tip from Heather Claus. (Clause?) The My Notions owner, maybe she still has the tip on her web-site with a picture.
It works!

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Date: 10/25/06 3:09 AM

I make the front part of a shirt or blouse longer than the back because of the fluff in back. It is longest in the center front and gradually tapers to meet the back side seams. Before I kept wondering why in RTW (ready to wear) my tops were short in the front and long in the back. That is the great part about making your own clothing then you can make them fit as your body is now.

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Date: 11/5/06 12:36 PM

Maybe try adding a Tummy Control Panel....???

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