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Date: 7/4/12 5:38 PM

So, this is what I look like:
silhouette_side_small silhouette_smalls

and this is the pattern I'm thinking of making:
Simplicity 4171

Am I daft? Should I just turn it into a blouse and be done with it?

I've heard of the concept of 'pegging' a skirt, but I don't really know what it means other than that it's supposed to be a good idea for apple shapes.

I do hope someone has some advice for me. My daughter starts school in August, and I will be jobhunting in earnest so expect lots of questions about work-appropriate clothing soon!

Many thanks.
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Date: 7/4/12 5:48 PM

The first review on the link you posted shows someone wearing an open sweater over the dress. It's really flattering styled that way (the open sweater makes two strong vertical lines right over the tummy).

Could you go to a store and try on a similar dress (maybe grabbing a cardigan to try on with it?) See what you think!

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Date: 7/4/12 7:43 PM

Avoid the tie and it should be perfect for you. The buttons would make a great vertical line if you make them contrasting.

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Date: 7/4/12 7:45 PM

This could be excellent if made in a not-clingy fabric

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Date: 7/4/12 8:12 PM

I like the idea of leaving off the tie. Pegging usually means to narrow it at the hem. In this case, I think it would make the upper portion balloon out. There is a contest entry in the One Pattern contest with much the same figure and she used M5847 without a tie and it looks very good. It certainly made me think, as I've been avoiding this style for years. Your silhoutte looks very much like me, so I'll be watching to see what you come up with and the answers you receive here.

I do like a "pegged" skirt with an oversized top..it does seem to give the illusion of a more slender figure.

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Date: 7/4/12 8:15 PM

I am looking for a similar dress pattern. I am more rounded than you.

I have found that princess seams from the hem to shoulder or arm hole, the vertical line of buttons and no belt look best on me. A dress that skims, but does not cling.

Make sure the skirt ends at the narrowest part of your legs. For me that is just below my knee.

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Date: 7/4/12 8:40 PM

I think I have a very similar body shape and I've been wanting a shirt dress for ages. In fact, I have a shirt dress on my list for the Pattern Stash contest, but the one I'm sewing has princess seams. I don't know if it'll suit me either, but making one is a good way to find out! Maybe try a muslin first, then you won't waste your good fabric.

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Date: 7/5/12 4:58 AM

Thank you all! The nearest shops which have my size are 80mins (and 12 worth of petrol) away, so trying on isn't going to happen any time soon.

I've cut out a prototype, and will hopefully get it stitched up this week sometime.

Thanks for the idea of ending the skirt at the narrowest part of my legs - I hadn't stopped to think about that.

More soon!

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Date: 7/5/12 6:57 AM

Lorn Jay,
I grew up in the 60's and before the mini-skirt took hold, I wore lots of shirt dresses. My mother said they were "Ivy League". Mary Quant, freed me from the "Ivy League" look!
Shirt dresses are nice on trim figures. I am a classic hour glass, and the shirt dress makes me look dumpy.
I would look for a silhouette with a waistline 1-2 inches above the waist and get a really, really good bra. Lift the girls, have a high waist and you will look trim and, slim and taller.
I live in Southern Baja and there are NO patterns available here. I shop online and have both my daughter in Texas and my daughter-in-law in CA on the Jo-Ann's mailing list.
When I visit I take my coupons that they have diligently saved and go buy patterns!
The import duty on fabric and patterns doubles the price, so I try to anticipate my shopping needs. Back to your dress, I would shy away from the classic shirt dress, they are best on thin, and tall women.

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Date: 7/5/12 2:54 PM

Thanks Baja Susanna.

I am wearing a good bra, thank you - the one area of clothing where I will NOT skimp.

We also have horrid import duties on just about everything. The UK is not a cheap place to eat/live/sew.

I will do a quick-and-dirty prototype and see what the silhouette looks like.

In the meantime, do you have any suggestions for alternative styles, or do you think I am better off sticking with trousers and a blouse?

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