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Date: 8/19/13 9:29 AM

I'm wondering if this is just me or a current style thing ! I like the current trend for skater dresses , but I find when I wear one the waist feels like it's stuck just under my ribs. I'm not sure if I just have a long body so I need a longer bodice, or if dresses are supposed to be like that at the moment.

It makes me feel uncomfortable because the waist seam is high it feels like the skirt portion of the dress is too high also. If I make a dress and make the bodice longer, is that just going to look wrong though?

I'm 43 if that makes any difference, I don't look young, but skirts just above the knee seem to look best on me.

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Date: 8/19/13 9:51 AM

It seems as if the dress is supposed to be shaped at the waist, so perhaps you do need to lengthen the bodice a bit so it hits you at your waist. Otherwise, it may look more like a babydoll dress, which, to me, isn't the most flattering look for anyone over the age of 18.

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Date: 8/19/13 10:19 AM

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It seems as if the dress is supposed to be shaped at the waist, so perhaps you do need to lengthen the bodice a bit so it hits you at your waist. Otherwise, it may look more like a babydoll dress, which, to me, isn't the most flattering look for anyone over the age of 18.

Thanks. IKWYM about the babydoll style .

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Date: 8/19/13 11:52 AM

In my opinion, every one of the dresses linked to on the blog are above the natural waist. They would be much more flattering with the waist is the proper place.

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Date: 8/19/13 11:53 AM

Well everyone's bust is in a different place, and maybe even a different place sometimes just by even the bra you happen to choose to wear that day evenIf it's something with a high waist and seam is supposed to be under your bust and that is not where it hits you, it would look and feel uncomfortable.

I'm not most times too into the high waisted "baby doll" look on most dresses, on me or anyone else, with a kind of gathered dirndle style skirt on them, (unless you are more under 12 years old) or it's a nightie or something, but that dress is sure looking just real sharp and just great on her.

I think there are several things going on to make that happen though that way. It's a dark more current kind of geometric kind of print, not pastel or all flowery, and not frumpy or baby dollish at all. It's a very soft drape-able fabric, and the dress is pretty short hem wise and shows a lot of leg. And the leg look with the stockings clued into the dress colors and print extends the whole line of it and her in it, sort of, in a way that if the hem was at your knees or longer, it might be really just too much dress instead. So I think she just happened to have kind of nailed it, and the look, just look wise on all those points. So if you sort of do it the same and can do it the same way on you, it might be looking real great on you too?

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Date: 8/19/13 9:37 PM

I tried on dresses in RTW last summer and was surprised when a slightly above the waist fitted bodice with poufy skirt looked pretty good on me. But it was no more than one inch above my natural waist. At my actual waist would have been awful (I knew because I wore those in the 80s and they were unflattering as my old pics tell me) I do like a band under the bust in a knit dress on me but I need that band or it starts looking too baby doll age inappropriate.
But one inch above gave the illusion of a waist without the abrupt bulge right below at my tummy area. I heard that the wealthy Marjorie Merriweather Post wore very fitted square dance dresses well into her eighties and looked quite slender because her dressmaker did such a thing.....put the snug wasit fitting one inch above her naturual waist. I'd just go and try on RTW to see what silouettes look good on you, forgetting the dress length since you can change that easily.

Here's my favorite raised waist dress, Simplicity 3678
Simplicity 3678 dress

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Date: 8/20/13 5:01 AM

That dress is lovely! Thanks for your explaination about the high waist thing. It may look right, but it feels wrong for some reason. I will go and try on dresses to see what suits, but I don't know when I will get a chance again .

ETA, the link to the skater dress in the first post isn't because of the dress (though it looks very good) but because the author posted a good description of what a skater dress is, because the name was confusing me for some time before I looked it up!!
-- Edited on 8/20/13 5:13 AM --

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Date: 8/20/13 11:51 AM

You might have a couple things going on here. First is simply height and length issues. Do you know your back waist measurement, the way it's described in fitting books? Once you get the correct measurement, compare it to the measurement of the garment or pattern. You may be shorter or longer, natural waist to back of the neck-- that can be adjusted. I always shorten mine by 3/4 inch or 1 inch. (I also have to adjust the skirt portion of a dress to get the same look as the pattern.)

If the back waist length is correct for you, then it may just be a style issue. For a long time now, pants have been mostly designed to sit well below the natural waist, and more recently skirt waistlines have dropped too. So now, when you see something which does have the garment waistline at the natural waist, it can look oddly high. It may or may not be a flattering look for you.

So two distinct issues -- I would check the back waist length first.

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