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Message Board > Sewing for Petite Sizes > Fashion advice needed ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Petite, Pear, Broad Shoulder, Small Bust, Big Butt
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Date: 9/10/12 9:36 PM

I was just visiting my SIL and Bro in Canada and she asked me for advice on what to wear to my cousin's wedding next month.

Cousin is getting married at 10h am in NYC next month.

My SIL is about my height, 5' but she's short in the legs with a normal back length, it seems. She's very self-conscious about her behind so she wears tunic length tops. Broad shoulders as witnessed by the drag lines in her raglan sleeve top. Small bust (that's another thread right there, watch for it).

Being a nurse, her schedule is a bit hectic so we couldn't go shopping together during my short stay. Also, she just started working so now has some disposable income...and an empty closet, poor thing! (I have stash, LOL!)

Anyway, what does one wear in NYC in mid-October to a daytime wedding? She doesn't want long sleeves.

And, if you are a similar shape, what sort of dress would you wear? I'd like to send her links to suggestions. Patterns or RTW welcomed.

She bemoans her lack of a personal style and doesn't know where to start. I would say conservative, modest, few prints. Loves yellow, green and orange.

Thank you in advance.

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Date: 9/10/12 10:57 PM

I was just at Dress Barn today and saw this:



But looking at it again, I'm wondering if it's not really weddingish. It's a really heavy, figure-flattering ponte knit, and the straight skirt would probably be easy to shorten for her height. I wish I'd had time to try it on (may go back, not that I need such a dress!), but as a 5'4" hourglass-turning-into-a-pear, thought it was adorable. Here's the link.

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Date: 9/11/12 7:17 PM

Wow--I think the dress pictured by Stirwatersblue really hits the nail on the head in a number of ways. I too am petite, with an average-to-long torso and short legs, so I look for dresses that give the appearance of a higher waist in order to make my porportions better. This dress does just that: the dark band over the waist makes the bottom "portion" (legs) appear longer. In addition, a small bust is enhanced by tucks, gathers or pleats in the bodice. The dark colored skirt minimizes one's bottom, if that is the concern of your cousin's, and the style seems a nice mix of elegance and casual, for a morning wedding. Personally, I'd want long sleeves in Oct, because I get cold easily, but a shawl or short sweater could serve instead.

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Date: 9/11/12 9:39 PM

Yes, she's gonna need a wrap, sweater or shawl in October.



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Date: 9/13/12 9:03 AM

Hey everybody, thank you for the comments.

@Stir, I'm not going. My cousin is not a regular emailer/caller and I ran out of vacation days (and money!) already so can't make it.

My SIL did say she didn't want a straight skirt, though. I think the swayback + butt situation might make a puddle there.

But I will send her the image and the very good selling points you guys provided, esp about the neckline details.

Feel free to add further input.

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Date: 9/13/12 2:12 PM

I disagree w/ the dress because of the shape of the skirt. Pencil skirts on women who have large hips tend to emphasize the largeness! An A-line or even circle skirt would be better (NOT a gathered skirt, though). The high waist and bright color on top are on target, though.

Have her look a Trinny and Susannah's body shapes - she is probably really a "skittle" (I am a bell - similar except longer legs and shorter torso).

Here are their basic recommendations:
Keep away from:
Short cut jackets that emphasise your bum.
Cropped trousers.
Pencil skirts.
Stretch trousers.

Take a look at:
Anything for your top half that has some colour or detail to draw the eye upwards.
Fitted dresses with flared skirts.
Shorter fitted jumpers.
High heeled shoes to make those legs longer and slimmer.

And they also say to stay away from above the knee skirts because they will draw attention to saddlebags.

Also - for NYC in Oct, she will definitely need some kind of wrap/sweater/jacket. There can be warm days (even in the 80s), but it can also be 50s and rainy - and that's actually more likely. At 10 AM, the frost may be gone (if there was some overnight), but even on a sunny day it will still be shadowy and cool on most Manhattan streets.

ETA - the actual location and formality of the wedding matter more than the time of day. In NYC people dress formal or casual based on where they are going more than the time of day. No one really dresses up for a Broadway show unless it's a big opening or they are attending a party after, for example.

If the wedding isn't formal, then a dress you'd wear to a nice luncheon (or even a pantsuit) would be OK. But a wedding at a big church with lots of bridesmaids might call for something more.


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Date: 9/17/12 6:04 PM

What about Burda 7628?

Burda 7628
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Date: 9/20/12 7:37 PM

Pretty Halleycomet! That would be pretty in the color fabric you think she would look great in!
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Date: 11/1/12 7:01 PM

I am 5'1" and made and wore a sheath dress for my son's wedding a couple of years ago. It is made of a poly blend fabric, I lined it and love wearing it. I also made a lace shawl to wear with it. Min was long, but of course she can make her dress any length.
I will try to post a pic, but no promises, I haven't got the hang of posting pics here.
Nancy B

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