My measurements and body shape
These photos are of my shape (I’m fully clothed!!) : I’m an hourglass-ish pear. My family is full of women with large hips and considerably smaller waists. They are so confident and that encouraged me to love my shape. I was also blessed with a VERY full bust – something like a DD or possibly a G? A few years ago, I made a few dresses for church because it was hard to find something that covered my chest, was long enough to get to my knees, and still look classy when going over my hips.
Since 2013, I’ve sewn every single thing that I wear. I know what looks great on me and what does not. My style is rather simple: dress + cardigan = perfect day. I love classic cuts sewn up in punchy prints. I prefer styles that highlight my figure without showing too much. Only wearing what I sew has led to an amazing amount of body positivity and self-appreciation.
- I always do a full bust adjustment. Knit or woven, I have to create space for my girls. I realized that it is needed in some knit patterns too, as I got really strange gaping under my arms.
- In most woven patterns, and some knits, I have to do a narrow back/shoulder adjustment. Most of my chest measurement is in the front and this leaves a lot of space around the back. Sometimes, the adjustment is as simple as taking out a wedge at the shoulders, sometimes I have to totally rework the back. If it is a simple enough design, I use the “sloper” I made from a really old pattern. It is a simple center zipped, darted waist back.
- I always choose my size on my bust and then grade everything down for my waist and then back out for my hips. This is personally the easiest thing for me to do.
- I often times have to shorten the waist length, as I have a very high waist (literally 3″ under my bust).
- I will often add a lining for two reasons: it will look really expensive and I really hate facings.
Let it be known: I HATE wearing pants. With that said… My #1 go-to is the Fehr Trade Steeplechase pant! They sew up in less than an hour and no adjustments are necessary. They are high enough that nothing will slip out during exercise. Exercise – specifically Zumba – is really important to me. I’m not sure why active wear is so expensive. Earlier this year, I made a 10 piece collection that I use every week!:
Fit and Flare Knit Dresses:
My body shape reflects the look that I often go for. Fitted top, flared bottom. This way, I can focus on getting the bust area right, and I have not much else fitting to do. I sew a lot of knits. No particular reason why… here are some of my favorites:
Wrap/Mock Wrap Dresses:
I work in an office where the dress is fairly casual, but I think the wrap/faux wrap dress gives me so much zazzle! I swear one of these dresses will make you feel like $1 million!! My secret tip is to add clear elastic to the necklines, this way, I’m covered without actually covering up!
I love how quickly some skirts can come together. My go-to’s here are the Karen Skirt (which is out of print) and the New Look 6003. The Karen skirt is so simple. It’s the same front and back and has an elastic waist. I think I have gotten it down to under an hour – including cutting the skirt out. I love the dartless front of the 6003. It’s perfect to have a million of and makes a very cute and quick look.
Spit up and Stilettos Karen Skirt:
This is what really makes me happy about sewing. I LOVE being able to be confident in what I’m wearing either poolside or at the beach. I prefer modest cuts – but I still want to show some skin. I started with a Nettie bodysuit hacked into a swim suit, but now my go-to is the Sophie Swimsuit! The Watson bikini fits me so well; I cannot say enough about this bra and underwear!!!