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Is it good for a pear shape?
caleigha

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Date: 8/23/08 11:01 AM

I hope this is the right place to post this...

I have Simplicity 3775 in my stash and I've been debating about whether to begin this project. My concern is the fit - I am a classic pear shape. I wear all of my extra weight on my hips and butt, and am small busted.

Being a pear shape I need to stick to A line skirts and dresses because it camouflages my hips. So for those of you who know this dress - do you think it will work for my body shape? Is the skirt full?

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Date: 8/23/08 11:20 AM

In my opinion this is an excellent choice. First it's a knit!! so very drapy and flattering. Also any fullness does not become full with a knit so no need to worry. The waist area draws attention to a smallish waist and not to larger butt!:)
Not to worry, you will be camaflaouged!

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Date: 8/23/08 11:34 AM

I'm a large pear shape, made this dress and get lots of compliments every time I wear it. The side gathering does a good camo job of my less than svelte torso and the skirt is A line, not at all straight. Keep in mind that the midriff section is doubled, so if you choose a heavier knit, you might want to use a knit lining or power knit type fabric for the underlayer to reduce the bulk. Mine is short sleeve in a very lightweight fabric, I'm planning a longer sleeved, heavier version for winter.

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Date: 8/23/08 11:38 AM

Ann - I clicked on your review and that dress looks terrific! I wasn't going to buy any more new patterns, but....

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Date: 8/23/08 11:45 AM

IMO the main thing is to be a bit careful with fabric choice. A knit that's on the firm and smooth end of things and has decent weight is better than a thin light-weight or brushed knit that might get hung up on your hips. Synthetic would work better than cotton I think. Slinky might be great in this pattern. Also, if your fabric is of the kind that might get hung up on your hips, make sure it's a busy print and not a solid colour.

I have this pattern too --- haven't made it yet.

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Date: 8/23/08 12:32 PM

This is a great dress for the pear shaped! I have made two of them for my DD (who is an hourglass) and they look wonderful. My only caveat is for the style with the ruched middle -- there is a LOT of fabric there! So a lightweight knit would be best for that version. My reviews of this cool dress.

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Date: 8/23/08 1:13 PM

I think it's a great dress for a pear shape. I agree with Kay Y about choice of knit; a truly lightweight jersey can cling over the hips. I've had good success with ITY knits for my daughters and with a slinky for me. (I am the peariest of us!! And I did not feel too much like mutton dressed as lamb, so in our family it has worked well for ages 24 to 62, and heights from 5' 1" to 5' 8." Both necklines have worked well, but I have not yet made the dress without the ruching (love the ruching). I've made the dress 6 times, and my youngest and tallest daughter has requested two more!! Great pattern!

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Date: 8/23/08 8:39 PM

Oh this is so wonderful! Thanks everyone for your input and suggestions about the fabric. Thankfully the fabric I have and want to use is a heavier knit, so it should work great!

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Date: 9/15/08 9:56 PM

I never thought of making this out of slinky. I made it out of a heavy lycra knit (almost like swimsuit lycra) and after I while my midriff is sweating. The pattern of the fabric is killer, but I feel like I'm wearing a rubber suit. I've had 6 yards of black slinky sitting here. Might look more like an evening dress out of black, but I think I'll give it a shot.

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Date: 9/15/08 10:03 PM

I may also make this up in slinky, but I won't do the ruched-middle version. I did make it in a velour burnout knit and it is great, but that was lightweight. If your slinky is the good kind (acetate as opposed to polyester) it should breathe. There are differing weights of slinky, too. Just remember not to hang up your slinky dress when you're done - it will grow in length.

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