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« on: August 24, 2006 02:42:02 AM »

So, Im short, round, and not too cute Tongue (maybe just a little cute actually but not big headed I swear!)

And i have fallen in love with these dresses in this pattern

http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5137.htm?tab=dresses&page=1

and also, the first view, the paisley Jacket/coat in this pattern (only in black satiny style fabric, or cotton not in a pattern fabric)

http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5060.htm?tab=jackets_coats&page=1

Im short (5"6) weigh between 220 and 240 pounds, my measurements are......

Bust, 52" (oops, no bra!, but i am wearing a support top thing)
Waist, 41"
Hips, 51"

But, I have broad shoulders.... about 20 to 21" across, I measured myself so may be a bit more or less.....

So., would either of those styles suit me? I havent worn a dress in AGES! And im falling inlove with them, its the end of winter/beginning of spring and I so cant wat to be wearing dresses.

Also, with my strange measurements (are they strange or is it just me?) what kind of skirts would suit me do you think?

Sorry to be asking so many questions haha Smiley

Heaps of thanks in advance!!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2006 04:28:11 AM »

First of all, you're not short!  Second of all, you sound like you have a nice hourglass shape--not round.

I think that jacket is gorgeous.  I probably wouldn't make/use the belt.

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2006 04:41:55 AM »

hehe, thanks Cheesy I guess when i look in the mirror i see more up and down lol not the hourglass thing.

The Jacket is gorgeous, Im pretty sure im going to make it, even if it doesnt suit me lol.

I suppose 5"6 isnt short, but in comparison to people i know i am lol.
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2006 06:03:25 AM »

Thanks for your opinion! means a bunch Cheesy

I know wjhat you mean about double breasted..... I'd like to have one pair thank you! lol

I have been looking at that sewalong... and really thinking about joining. Do you think it can be sewn in a jersey or stretch fabric type thing?

When it comes to sewing I kinda just go hmm this looks nice (for fabric) and then guess and it usually turns out great. So, hopefully, the only thing im not too keen on in this dress, is the tie bit.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2006 06:12:44 AM »

I've no idea about using a stretch fabric as I haven't even bought my pattern for it yet  Embarrassed but I will....<quick look at the calendar to see how much August we have left>
I tend to buy fabric first and then see what it turns into  Smiley but I'm gonna do this properly  Huh Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2006 06:16:13 AM »

to be completely honest, I don't think the dress would look that great, especially if you have some of the lumps and bumps around the midsection that I have. I think it would take a powerful dress and make you feel frumpy. THe jacket, on the other hand, I think would look phenomenal! She is right tho, the one breasted version would look better than two.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2006 06:16:41 AM »

hehe, not much august is left!!

But good for me, Its getting closer to warm weather!!!! and dress wearing weather!!

I hope where im moving to has plenty of sewing room!

I guess it can be adapted for stretch even if you cant use it........ Im not sure if i like the un fittedness of the top section of that pattern, (Simplicity 4050) I figure boobs are made for showing off, and I will accentuate one of my better features!


Hmmm, yeah i can see what you mean about frumpy, it is a little high waisted too........ GAH! lol and I was looking forward to it haha

There arent many dresses that look good on me! damn  shoulders... haha, and the rest of me for that matter
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2006 06:45:55 AM »

Absolutely this dress will suit you! This dress has been highlighted everywhere (sometimes called The Duro, for its designer, Duro Olowu), on DressADay.com and on craftster as well, because it is flattering to every shape. The soft flowing drape of the fabric should skim your body loosely (don't make it tight!) for a shapely look. i wouldn't use a stretch fabric on it, just because I'd be saving the stretch for something that REQUIRES stretch, but I'd use something soft and drapey.

The McCall 5137 pattern version has no zipper (pull over the head), has a slightly lower midriff band, and a fuller skirt.....I'm doing this from memory...while the Simplicity 4050 has a slightly higher narrower midriff band, the contrasting neck band goes all the way around the back neck, and the skirt has less fullness (can't remember about a zipper)
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2006 06:57:52 AM »

We're about the same size (though I don't know my measurements.)

That style looks similar to these:

http://www.kiyonna.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=KK2003&Product_Code=Colorblock_Dress_2&sblid=Colorblock_Dress_2&Category_Code=Dresses

http://bandlu.com/product.asp?item=phoebe

I think they'd be flattering.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2006 07:08:52 AM »

wow thanks everyone for your help Cheesy I really really love this dress.!

I tried on something similar in target, but, it was all black, and had short sleeves, and was alot lower cut, so it was similar, but different at the same time....

Im thinking if i go for a patterened fabric, it will be a bit darker, but, im not sure about the contrasting band..... so maybe it will be the same, but then, on the liunk that BabyPop posted, the one where its all the same isnt as nice......

Thanks everyone Smiley I think i might go into spotlight tomorrow and see if they have both of those dress patterns and also the jacket one and see what types of fabric they use and what they have.  Smiley

Thanks again!
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2006 07:42:54 AM »

Wow! You're me with a smaller waist! "We should stop driving and jump up and down and up and down and dance around and around!" (Neil Gaiman quote!) Lucky you. I'm just heavy, and you're heavy in that classic, hot, hourglass figure way.

5'6" isn't short (where are you from? A land of giants?). If you were actually short I'd say that that dress would be bad on you, because it does the long, flowy thing... and such, but I think both would look great.

I will definitely be making that dress as soon as I dig myself out of this bottomless pit of craft projects. (Oh, sad. I just realize that since I'm going off to live in a tiny dorm with a roomate that that may not happen for years!)
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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2006 08:07:43 AM »

i know there are curvy folks making that dress, but honestly, i don't think it will be that flattering. it's SO loose, it reminds me of a mumu! i guess it just depends on your style, i try to avoid the super baggy clothes that are usually sold for curvy women, and make my own that are more fitted, because i think it looks better. but a lot of people feel comfier in the baggy stuff.

i think before you make it, think about your wardrobe. what kinds of clothes do you have? what do you feel most comfy in? if the majority of your clothes are body skimming, you might feel frumpy in it. if the majority of your clothes are loosefitting, you'll probably like it.

the jacket is lovely though. i think signle or double breasted would be fine. sometimes i think single breasted is actually less flattering on curves, because it emphasizes how much fabric there is on each side of the buttons. i don't know if i explained that very well!
 
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2006 08:55:27 AM »

I think it would look great on you, the skirt is nice and flowing, and it nips the waist in, I would go for it, as a little bit smaller version of you, I think it would be very flattering.  I would do contrasting bands, I think it would draw more attention to the hourglass shape you've got.
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2006 12:50:09 PM »

The way the skirt gathers on the waistband of the McCall's pattern would add too much bulk to any figure, and probably give that maternity look(tho sometimes in the store, the maternity tops are prettier than the plus-size tops!hmpf). Simplicity's version has princess seams(?) instead coming down from the waistband to the hips, which everyone seems to say is very flattering. For shorter gals(I'm 5'4"), it'd probably be better to go with the shorter skirt, like view B on Simplicity 4050.
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2006 05:14:29 PM »

I don't know about what is flattering on you, but I think you should make whatever dresses you want. Smiley You seem so into the dress, I would hate to see you not wear it. Can you make it as a gift or try on similar dresses in a store to see if it looks good?

Good luck!
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2006 08:31:48 PM »

I sure hope the dress suits -- you and I could swap clothes (except I'm almost 2" shorter!) and I'm planning to make this very similar version.

I think as long as it's sewn as a semi-fitted garment instead of very loose-fitting, it should be OK.  I intend to make it up in $1/yard fabric just in case, though!

The jacket, no question, should look great.  Princess seams are an hourglass girl's best friend!
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2006 08:48:42 PM »

ooh! oh no....!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Now i need both..!

haha... I think, I like yours better though, I wasnt a fan of the ties... hehe Smiley  sounds like Im going to have to try both Cheesy

$1 fabric sounds like a good plan... I think they even have some nice stuff too.. ooh yay!

(edit) Looking at the patterns again, I actually think this one here Will be more flattering, because it doesnt have the gathering the otherone has around the waist section..... But, the original pattern, it has a more summery feel to it..... Hmmmmmmmm
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2006 09:00:26 PM »

Elven I think both would look great on you! and that butterick one cinderly posted is EXACTLY what I've been looking for!! thanks!!
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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2006 09:14:37 PM »

Gotta love those JoAnn's 99-cent pattern sales!  Gives me an opportunity to grab patterns I might not try if they were full price -- like the Duro dress!
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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2006 10:08:12 PM »

Looking at the patterns again, I actually think this one here Will be more flattering, because it doesnt have the gathering the otherone has around the waist section..... But, the original pattern, it has a more summery feel to it..... Hmmmmmmmm

I think the summery feel would depend entirely on the fabric!
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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2006 10:12:20 PM »

I have been looking at that sewalong... and really thinking about joining.
Oh, come on, do! It should be fun!
Hmmm, Zaftig's right, not much August left! I better go get my pattern!
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« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2006 01:27:49 AM »

I have your measurements more or less exactly, though I'm half an inch shorter.

I made the McCalls dress pattern. I added about two inches to the bust because I was concerned about having enough ease, but I probably could have gotten away without it. What I do regret is that I didn't make the bodice a little longer. It just seems a little short on me. I'll also warn you that its very low cut, at least on me. I end up wearing it with a tank underneath most of the time, so I don't flash bra at people. I think if I'd known it'd be that low cut, I could have easily altered the pattern when cutting it out so that the neckline would be higher.

This is how I look in the dress.

http://weblogimages.com/static/QsZ503747LO0.jpg

I don't think it makes me look dumpy or pregnant or lumpy around the waist, even though I'm not wearing a very good bra in the picture.
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« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2006 05:52:45 PM »

Thanks! It looks great on you Cheesy Hurrah Smiley
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