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Calendria
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Date: 6/12/11 6:16 AM

I am wandering whats good and not good to wear based on figure. I'm plus sized. i still have a noticable waist , its not small but its noticable on my figure, if ya know what I mean. but i'm most definitley more pearish. so, what can I get away with?

oh yeah, and i'm short? can I get away with tops that tie on the side? I guess I should mention i'm high busted, sort of smallish at 38c. it sounds big but they don't look big at all, to me at least.

also, theres one skirt i want so bad but i'm afraid of looking like such plump imp if I wear it, its S4188.

i would love the help. I have found recently that while I love the look of raglan sleeves they don't work well. I'm plus sized but I have a narrow neck/upper chest area. and also - square necklines look horrible on me. keyholes and sweetheart and v necks though make me look very nice.

would love some help. thanx. 4188

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Date: 6/12/11 8:11 AM

The best way to determine whether a garment will look good on you is to do some snoop shopping, and try some clothes on. Take note of what is attractive and what is not. If you are afraid that a skirt like simplicity 4188 will not look good, then seek out skirts in that style and length and see how they look. I would caution that skirt length can have a huge impact on whether or not a style is flattering. For example, at 5'6", any skirt I make needs to hit just at or just below the knee. Anything shorter and I am uncomfortable, anything longer looks frumpy.

You may also want to look at reviews and find reviewers who have similar body-types to you, and see what they sew and what looks good on them.

As for your narrow upper chest area, I wold recommend looking at doing a full bust adjustment, which means that you would start with a smaller size to accommodate a smaller frame, and then you would add for the larger bust.

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Date: 6/12/11 11:01 AM

As well as snoop shopping, you could have a look in your wardrobe. Sort your skirts into ones you really like, ones which are fine and ones which you never or seldom feel like wearing.

How many skirts with yokes are in the first group? How about those with godets or other ways of adding extra fabric? I've found that skirts which suit me, even if I'm not thinking about this, get worn a lot more than those that don't. If your first group is full of wide-hemmed skirts and your last of pencil ones, S4188 might be a good choice.

Of course, this will only work if you have at least one skirt which is vaguely similar and a lot less if you are looking to branch out into a style you haven't tried before

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Date: 6/12/11 1:01 PM

In a general sense, I've found that the Vogue "figure flattery" ratings tend to be pretty accurate as far as what looks good on me and what doesn't.

I'm top-heavy with a defined (but like you--not small) waist, so when I choose Vogue patterns, I always choose the ones with an hourglass and inverted triangle shape. Based on your description of yourself, I'd look for patterns with an hourglass and triangle shape.

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Date: 6/12/11 2:39 PM

I have a friend, a bit short, pear shape with a waist, and she looks adorable in an A-line skirt just above the knee.

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Date: 6/12/11 2:55 PM

Calendria, there have been some great suggestions here, and I want to recommend this blog if you are looking for some inspiration for a similar figure type. I love reading Patty the Snug Bug's blog and her confidence with regard to clothes!



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Date: 6/12/11 3:16 PM

well, i'm not top heavy. trust me, my 38c doesn't look big to me. I have wdie hips, round behind (pregnancy, lol I didn't have a behind b4, and thick thighs - yeah its the opposite). anywyas, I have no skirts right now because Of hormonal weight gain. and its either that or they're too short.

I'm a big fan of long skirts. its been a whilre since I've tried one of these skirts, but they look so much fun. lol. I don't think theylook frumpy.

i don't know - what do you guys think. I thnk the top that goes with it can make out whethers it frumpy or fun.

thanx.

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Date: 6/12/11 4:09 PM

Find/order some inexpensive fabric & try it. It may be how you need to find what works for your body & style. I think from your description though that something a little less on the bouffant side would be more flattering to you.
Here are some which might work for you. Also go to palmerplesch.com for pattern suggestions for a triangle.
KwikSew:3824,3565,3450,3337,3220,3098
McCalls: 6127
Butterick 4136 is has a dress, not a skirt but would be a flattering style I think on a triangle grading between sizes.
Sorry I can't make clickable links.

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Date: 6/12/11 5:27 PM

When trying to figure out what flatters you, don't just trust your mirror. Take a photo.

When snoop shopping, take a photo with your phone. It will help you analyse what suits you and what doesn't later.
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Date: 6/12/11 7:47 PM

It's not a new book, so the photos will look a little dated, but "Flatter Your Figure" by Jan Larkin (hope I've got those titles right) was a huge help for me.
It breaks down body parts: neck, arms, waist, legs, etc. and helps you with what is most flattering for you. Since it is quite a bit more in depth that the 4 body type systems it works very well for us as we can choose each component of our patterns.
For example: I have a thick waist, a high waist but I don't have a large bust. So I'd look for the most significant thing; thick waist. Different waistlines and how flattering or not they are for my figure are presented.
What happens is I get to look at the most flattering options, and go from there. I don't know if I've explained it well, but you should be able to pick up a used copy cheap enough to give it a try.

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