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« on: June 19, 2007 11:38:45 AM »

I perused the board, but didn't find anything specific to my body type. I'm a pear shape, which means a lot of booty and small chest. I'd like to make a summer dress for a wedding, but am unsure on the pattern.

The two patterns below are contenders, but does anyone have other suggestions for a pear shape? Full skirts don't look good on me, all you see is skirt, so I'm leaning toward A-line or gored.

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3780&show=1
http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=4050

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 01:19:10 PM »

I'm with ya on this one .. I'm a pear shape too .. and I am leaning towards the second dress. I'm thinking the contrast of the empire waistband might look good on our body style.
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2007 01:34:41 PM »

I could raise the hem and altar the sleeves on that second pattern so it more summery... hmm.. my little wheels are churning..
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2007 03:46:13 PM »

I would go with the 2nd also.  Partly because it is more alterable than the 1st one.  One word though from reviews of her patterns on another site - there is not always a lot of ease built in so you will want to be extra careful of that.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2007 03:53:16 PM »

oooh- good to know. Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2007 06:00:30 PM »

That first pattern is to die for, I ordered it and it should be here any day I can't wait. But I agree with the previous posters I think the second would be more flattering to your figure and more easily adaptable. My only hesitation on that second one is (being that I'm a biggun Wink I tend to get hot easily) it seems a little too "cool weather" more like a fall style dress, but if you perhaps brought up the hem line to tea length or maybe at the knee and took up the sleeves or even perhaps made a sleeveless version?  I love the idea of the contrasting empire waist band though it kinda brings the eye in and would accentuate your bust line and bring attention away from the hip/butt area. (I'm not sure if thats what your going for but it sounds like it) Any thoughts on what colors you might use? I think a bold color would be hot like maybe an orange or kelly green pattern with a solid coordinating for the waist band. Keep us posted on your progress!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2007 02:04:57 AM »

Another possibility for the second pattern would be a nice summer weight "drapey" fabric, maybe a batik or gauzy fabric. I'd definately alter the sleeves and length too
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2007 05:42:24 AM »

I like the short sleeve version of the 2nd dress. Maybe in eyelet with the skirt and sleeve hems cut on the border?

Anyway, not a big pattern. Dime-sized polka dots is as big as you should go. Though a solid dress and patterned contrast band could look cool.

Drapey and natural fibers.
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