Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Crisis of confidence - help me with my style decisions! ( Moderated by JEF)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Crisis of confidence - help me with my style decisions!
LornaJay
star
LornaJay
Advanced Beginner
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 9/30/06
Posts: 576
Login to reply to this post

Date: 5/5/10 4:39 PM

I am stuck. s-t-u-c-k

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask these questions, so if you want to just point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful. Otherwise, any and all advice/comments/suggestions/roars of laughter will be appreciated!

I am basically a classic/conservative dresser. I am happiest when I feel "put together" and appropriately dressed. I am 34. I am a work-at-home mum to a 2.5 year old - and my home is a hotel.

I have no clothes. Well, not many. I have two pairs of corduroy jeans (casual but comfy) and two pairs of black pull-on trousers. I have 5 knit tops. Nothing smart in the jacket or waistcoat or coat department. One knit dress.

I have NO idea what to do to get a wardrobe that I am comfortable wearing (emotionally, not physically - you've all been great with getting things to fit the body) AND one which works with a toddler-mummy lifestyle.

I am very tired of feeling like a beached whale with no sense of style, but equally I don't want to look old and boring and scary (general reaction when I wear suit-type things).

In terms of fit, I have had best luck with Ottobre recently, though I am fatter than when I last made anything. I tend to start with a European size 50, for what it's worth.

Vital stats:
1m68 (about 5'7 I think)
93 kg (205 lb)

Bust: 122cm - 48 inches (I wear a 38DD)
Waist: 110cm - 43.5 inches
Belly: 125cm - 49 inches
Hip: 120cm - 47 inches

dfr2010
star
dfr2010  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
FL USA
Member since 3/27/10
Posts: 1779
Login to reply to this post

Date: 5/5/10 6:13 PM

One place to start with to liven things up is color ... what kind of colors do you have? What colors look best on you? Which colors do you avoid like the plague?

------
I don't really make mistakes ... I create "learning opportunities"! Murphy says: The better you match the thread to the fabric, the more likely you will need to rip some stitches out! I spend more quality time with my seamripper than I like ...
Yes, I DO love fabric!!
Happy owner of a band of Brothers: LX-3125, CS-770, CE5500 PRW, a PE-770 emb ... and now Kenmore 158.18032 and 148.12190
Blogging my "learning opportunites" at http://sewingmissadventure.blogspot.com/

tr1c14
star
tr1c14
Advanced Beginner
AB CANADA
Member since 3/28/08
Posts: 647
Login to reply to this post

Date: 5/5/10 7:33 PM

My suggestion would be to start with a smart jacket or waistcoat, since that's what you've specifically mentioned you don't have. A smart jacket or waistcoat can put a whole different spin on jeans and a t-shirt. "Smart" doesn't have to mean office-ish, though. If you go with a non-somber colour and/or not entirely traditional shape, it can still be plenty smart but not stodgy.

Make yourself a statement piece. Imagine the qualities of your perfect jacket: length, fit, pockets, and so forth, and find a pattern that's close enough that you can tweak it towards perfect. Find a really nice (but washable!) fabric to make your ideal jacket out of. You don't have many clothes to match with right now, so my suggestion would be to pick something like a multi-colour tweed that has lots of your favourite colours in it that you can match stuff with later.

After that, you can start building your new wardrobe around your fabulous statement item. Maybe you need some stylish (yet practical) trousers or a skirt to wear with it. And then a knit top that you can wear with the new bottoms, and with or without the jacket. And then... There was a contest called "Endless Combinations" a while back that shows the idea really well.

I hope this is helpful!

------
Tricia
----------------
The advantage of being a beginner is, nobody has told you "That can't be done." This is also the disadvantage of being a beginner.

KathySews
star
KathySews  Friend of PR
Advanced
MI USA
Member since 10/1/06
Posts: 3651

Going to PR Weekend Austin!
Login to reply to this post

Date: 5/5/10 7:58 PM

Look at princess style blouses and jackets. They add shape and can be altered easily. I like Burda 7670 . It is easy to alter fit and add shape.
A vest might be nice to mix into the existing wardrobe.
I recently discovered that a "shirt tail" hem on my t-shirts is more slimming than the straight across hem. This after tshirt shows what I mean.
And I agree with color by using a simple scarf
-- Edited on 5/5/10 8:03 PM --

chicaem29
star
chicaem29  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
NY USA
Member since 3/4/09
Posts: 1711
Login to reply to this post

Date: 5/5/10 9:51 PM

I agree with the suggestion of a statement piece. I would also suggest maybe starting with just nicer versions of the kind of stuff you wear already - a classier version of casual but comfy. Maybe try making some jeans in a nice dark denim, even black or khaki-colored for variation. Do a few knit tops with some pretty details (like a cowl neck) and in pretty colors and prints. A pretty knit top with some 'dressy' jeans and a nice blazer is a great casual but comfy and classy option.

The Jalie 2908 jeans pattern is a favorite here, and there's a trouser pattern with the same cut, so that might be a good option. Vogue has recently put out some nice knit tops, and the Jalie scarf top has lots of fans, too.

I think once you get used to seeing yourself dress up just a little bit more on a regular basis, you can incorporate more things you don't wear quite as often, like dresses and skirts.

MapleCandy3
star
MapleCandy3
Advanced Beginner
ON CANADA
Member since 11/13/07
Posts: 264
Login to reply to this post

In reply to LornaJay


Date: 5/6/10 0:30 AM

Start watching What Not to Wear. I have learned SO much from this show, and I think it has really helped me to know what works for my body and how to look both professional and stylish.

Riesie
star
Riesie  Friend of PR
Advanced
VA USA
Member since 1/23/08
Posts: 469
Login to reply to this post

In reply to LornaJay


Date: 5/6/10 1:09 AM

You might try going out to the shops to try on different styles - and by different, I mean shapes and colors and pieces you would normally pass up. That way you can experiment and see what flatters you without the effort of sewing up something only to have it be unflattering. Just be sure to leave the credit cards at home, LOL!!

I also second the idea of making yourself some dressier versions of things you already are comfortable wearing.

I think shoes make a big difference in how you feel about your outfit, too. Get yourself at least one pair of stylish shoes - I know you're on your feet all day between the hotel and the kiddie, so I'm not suggesting heels, but something nicer and more stylish than trainers or ugly loafers (no offense to loafer-lovers).

------
Marie

visit my blog: www.madewithintent.blogspot.com/
or my Etsy store: www.etsy.com/shop/Riesie

Thanks!

LornaJay
star
LornaJay
Advanced Beginner
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 9/30/06
Posts: 576
Login to reply to this post

Date: 5/6/10 4:44 AM

Thank you all. I have put in an order for some shoes (how did you know I had nothing nice in that department?!) - black leather trainer-type shoes which I hope will not be too matronly.

Footglove trainers

Footglove lace-ups

Of course, that assumes that they fit!


I will think about waistcoats as a first step towards smart dressing. I had actually been looking at Simplicity 2520 (picture below) but I can't quite visualise it on my figure.




-- Edited on 5/6/10 4:51 AM --

LornaJay
star
LornaJay
Advanced Beginner
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 9/30/06
Posts: 576
Login to reply to this post

In reply to dfr2010


Date: 5/6/10 5:52 AM

Quote: dfr2010
One place to start with to liven things up is color ... what kind of colors do you have? What colors look best on you? Which colors do you avoid like the plague?

Colours:
I have worn hot pink in the past, true blue red, royal blue, blue-grey, burgundy/aubergine, ummm. Right now, my tops are 1 red/black print, one grey/blue-grey print, one black, one green (not sure about that one) and one white.

I don't like earth or olive/drab colours to look at. Never tried them on, so I don't know if they'd suit or not. No orange! I've never worn brown before, and I'm not sure about the corduroy trousers - but as I've got them I wear them.
LornaJay
star
LornaJay
Advanced Beginner
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 9/30/06
Posts: 576
Login to reply to this post

In reply to MapleCandy3


Date: 5/6/10 5:54 AM

Quote: MapleCandy3
Start watching What Not to Wear. I have learned SO much from this show, and I think it has really helped me to know what works for my body and how to look both professional and stylish.

I've been reading "What your clothes say about you" yesterday and today. Oh dear! I've got some serious mental adjustment to do, it seems, before I feel good about myself.
Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Plus Size Sewing >> Crisis of confidence - help me with my style decisions!

Merchants on PR
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Gwyn Hug
Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Style Arc sewing dress patterns
Patterns That Fit
Web site

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Altering Pants
Fee: $19.99
(Regular $59.00)
Altering Pants

Online Sewing Classes
Bust Adjustments
Fee: $39.99
(Regular $39.99)
Bust Adjustments

Vogue Patterns 1248
photo
Review by Marge99 on 8/20/11
Read Review

Peek-A Boo Susie Sun Dress Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )
Peek-A Boo Susie Sun Dress Digital Pattern ( Size 3 mo -8 years )

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Peek-A Boo Sneakers Digital Pattern ( Size 0 mo -18 mo )
Peek-A Boo Sneakers Digital Pattern ( Size 0 mo -18 mo )

Details
Price: $3.99
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue Patterns 1079
photo
Review by BenaeQuee on 12/17/10
Read Review

You Sew Girl 75mm Purse Frame Purse Pattern
You Sew Girl 75mm Purse Frame Purse Pattern

Details
Price: $19.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Suzi Purse Insert
Suzi Purse Insert

Details
Price: $9.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Butterick 5959 Pattern ( Size LRG-XLG-XXL )
Butterick 5959 Pattern ( Size LRG-XLG-XXL )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 2492 Pattern( Size S )
Simplicity 2492 Pattern( Size S )

Details
Price: $16.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN