I've been enjoying the posts on the board for several days now...just gleaning information and letting the creative juices start whirling. I especially loved the "Fat Girls and Skirts" thread. But I digress...
I am going on a cruise in May. I'm a homeschooling mom and my son is graduating from high school this year. He and three of his friends are taking the cruise for their senior trip and the moms are going with them (not as chaperones as much as celebrating ourselves...we're all friends anyway).
We will have two formal nights on the cruise and I have nothing to wear! My dilemma in dress shopping online is coming from my "proportions" as I have a smaller bust, a big tummy and wide hips (no butt, just hips and belly)...47, 48, 56. I'm losing weight a bit, but my boobs always go first so that will only make the problem worse. If a dress fits in the top then it's too tight around my hips or if it fits the hips it's huge on top. I still have time to make some clothes, but I don't even know what will look good on me! I haven't worn formal wear in years. Does anyone have any suggestions for styles or patterns? I looked at the infinity dress thread and may try a prototype with some cheap fabric, but I'm leary of all that fabric around my hips. I LIKE the look of http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/product.do?cid=7323&pid=550907&scid=550907002
but I don't know if it would look right either. My upper arms have gotten pretty flabby too, but I can wrap a shawl or something and cover them.
I guess I'm just uncomfortable in my own skin! I want to embrace that I can be big AND beautiful, but it doesn't help any that the other three moms are all truly SKINNY. So, I need something (two somethings) to make me feel really special!!
ANY suggestions/ideas?? I'm on a limited budget too (we have fundraised all the money for the trip...bake sales, candles sales, etc.), so that is to be considered as well. I could use ideas for more casual cruise wear as well, sundresses, etc., but I'm also okay with capris and tops for that part.