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Date: 3/18/10 9:13 AM

I did a search for border prints and didn't find anything on this particular topic. The question is, "Where do you use it best for your body type?"

I have a pretty cotton knit border print. It's on a white background and the print is a purple and brown. Sounds funny but it's pretty, kind of 'batik' or 'tie dyed' looking. Anyway, I want to make this Simplicity 3503 in View B (or something similar) for a comfy summer dress.

So, if you were me and you were very top heavy, would you use the border print on the bodice or on the hem and midriff band? Initially I thought hem/midriff and using the smaller print part for the bodice because smaller prints usually work better for me. But, then I thought about using the border for the bodice because it's a darker color and that also helps reduce the emphasis on the bust.

I'd say I was a hourglass/rectangle with high hip holding most of my hip measurement. I wanted to take a picture of the fabric this morning but didn't have time.

I love border prints but never know quite how is the best way to use them. I know I'll have to modify the skirt if I use the border on the hem. I'll probably just add some darts or big pleats. I've made this before but it's been a long time.

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eta: I found a picture of it online. Fabric
-- Edited on 3/18/10 2:10 PM --

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Date: 3/18/10 6:41 PM

Quote: Kim12469
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Date: 3/18/10 7:10 PM

I too have some VW border print that Im not sure what to go with....

with the Ana Sui fabric that you posted ( and not knowing your body type or your preferential style of clothing)

this is what immediately came to mind when I saw your fabric

Vogue 1153

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Date: 3/18/10 7:16 PM

I can't help with shape suggestions, but I did a collection of border print inspiration images a while back that might give you some ideas: on flickr.

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Date: 3/18/10 7:56 PM

Beautiful fabric.

I would use it at the hem. If you can find a solid I would use that for the band.

I think having your bust dark will make you look even more top heavy (form a DDD cup gal).

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Date: 3/18/10 8:19 PM

I have the exact same fabric and I just cut it yesterday. I will make a wrap dress out of it. The border will be placed at the hem of the dress or of the sleeves.

Boring, but safe.

I would not place the border at my midriff, though, but this is because I am short and it would not look good.

In fact I made several "tests" by wraping the fabric around me, to see how it would look like once cut. Did you try that ?



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Date: 3/18/10 8:41 PM

oooohhh--this is very helpful! I'm going to look at this when I try to figure out what I'm going to sew with the fabrics I bought in LA....

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Date: 3/18/10 8:52 PM

Oooh, I love that purple one and the fireworks one!

As far as putting it up against myself, I just did that about 15 minutes ago I agree about the midriff part now after putting it up against myself. I'm still torn on whether to put the border on the top or the bottom though.

The basic rule for being top heavy is you want a darker color on top and a lighter one on the bottom to even yourself out, vice versa if you are bottom heavy.

I'm still playing with it. Thanks for all the suggestions. Thanks NiceGirl for all the pictures!

I was going through my Burdas and found this one Burda 7-2009-124 which I wanted to make last year but didn't. I might have enough to do it on the top and the bottom...

I bought it locally so I think I can get more if I need it.

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Date: 3/18/10 9:52 PM

Trena - thanks for the link to those wonderful ideas of how to use a border print! Pictures are worth a thousand words!

I have that same VW knit and I was going to use it to make Simplicity 2766 The dress with the flowy sleeves. I thought it would look kinda kewl made from that fabric with the border print at the hem of the dress and the hem of the sleeves.

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Date: 3/18/10 10:28 PM

I was going through my Burdas and found this one Burda 7-2009-124 which I wanted to make last year but didn't.

Ummm, I made it last summer - not entirely a winner. It is in no way bra friendly, so unless you can go without support... might not be a good bet. I only wear mine as a swimsuit cover up or with a little cropped sweater that covers the bra hanging out.

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