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« on: June 03, 2007 04:40:29 PM »

Not that pregnant is a bad thing. Just not the look I'm going for at this point in time. Wink

I have a little waist, and I have a hard time making myself dresses that fit in the waist and top, with bigger skirts. So I've tried gathering the skirts now, but they always puff out way too much.

Any suggestions for making dresses that have fitted tops and flared-ish/a-line skirts (skirts don't even have to be super flared - my butt's not that big, I just like the wider skirt.)

Then again, maybe I just have a special talent for looking pregnant.  Tongue

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007 07:57:23 PM »

I also have a small waist, but my stomach is sort of rounded below the waist (belly-button area).  I can't wear dresses that have an empire waistline, or ones that poof out at the waist.

You might try adding a belt around your natural waistline, it will make you look slimmer.  Or drop the waists a bit on your dresses to around your hips, and let them flare out from there.

This dress is probably not a good idea:
http://www.craftaustralia.com.au/forum/2006/img_bio/Mrs_Woo_Alice_weeps.jpg

But this one probably is:
https://www.magicmomentsprom.com/item_images/me_PF1145.jpg

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2007 10:27:20 AM »

See now you didn't mention the rest of you but I've got a tiny frame so small bust, tiny waist and larger hips so most things ever look to big or pregnant (not the best look when I'm 19 but actually look about 13- the looks I get!!)

I'm currently making Simplicity 3833 shift dress, view D with an A line skirt and I also love New Look 6457 as the skirts aren't too pouffy and the waists can easily be altered to find better. Someone recently made a gorgeous Batik dress on the completed section with a Butterick halterneck pattern which looked amazing and really nipped in the waist so I'd have a lookies for that post. I also really like 50's style dresses to give a more hourglass, curvy figure so halternecks, nipped in waist stlyes are good- have you tried looking at company's like Stop Staring for ideas?

Lauren x
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2007 09:29:24 PM »

You could add a sash around the waist to help nip it in more. It's not the best look with some styles, but I think it could work with many of them.
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Stop being so damned positive. Staring at the sun only blinds some one. By only looking at the positive, you miss an entire beautiful world of shadows and colors. Don't be overly negative, be realistic. The world is so much more complex and beautiful that way.
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