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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2009 06:54:40 AM »

i vote big w and kmart they have reasonable size OOOOO another good place is best and less if you have one of them!! one of my friends is plus sized and gets alot of nice things there



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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2009 06:54:56 AM »

I dont know if they have your size but look at these cute tops?
hopefully they inspire, I love the blue one, that kind of ties under the bust.

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« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2009 06:55:03 AM »

awww scrappy sue is a sweetie!

i must say that maternity clothing can be really really nice, my mom has very much the same shape as you and sometimes the maternity clothing is just so much nicer and there always that bit longer for coverage
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i find sometimes too long is more of an issue. i prefer things that end.. wow how is a polite way to say Shocked "crotch length"? LOL!   i find anything much shorter and my tummy seems to be bulging out under, anything longer and it's just odd.

i also dont get why so many of the tops i am seeing for plus at the moment have bands in the waist..? the last thing i need to do is draw something in there which is only going to make me look like a yoyo (big above and below the drawstring). i have one striped work shirt that has a ribbon belt and i never wear belts but it took me a while to realise i needed to tie it to sit around that huge upper belly rather than under it. under just accentuated the curves far too much. around that bulge looks fine. of all my body's imperfections it's that upper gut i want gone!!! lol the rest i can work with

« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2009 07:07:04 AM »

wow Pumpkin Patch do seem to have some nice stuff. I didn't know they did maternity. I live some 8hrs from Perth so no Myer, Pumpkin Patch, BigW, Best and Less... lol it's Kmart, Target Country, Rockmans and Rivers and even those stores are 200km away lol...

all those pumpkin patch clothes draw in under the bust, which is what i typically like in a top but yet what i am being told will def make me look preggers

i do have some nice simple tops and am really loving the jersey thing which is big at the moment cos it's so forgiving. i think i really want some nice "going out" type stuff. i can handle the horrible work shirts fitting bad and throw a singlet underneath. i guess i am fed up going out with my hugely buxom friends who put their girls on show and i sit there looking like a school marm!! pffft that's funny, but it's so true. cos add to the simple clothes (and the really nonexistant budget) I am shy, have the glasses etc haha

i should get someone to take a pic of me in a work shirt and i'll show you how ill fitting the top half is as opposed the the bottom. but that aint happening at 10pm at night Tongue

anyways, you're all wonderful and i really appreciate your input. thanks so so much

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« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2009 07:34:36 AM »

i think if you like things that come in underthe bust, they need to be not so much fitted but slimline so theres no added bulk? i mean im a size 14-16 aus and depending on the cut of underbust things i look preggers lol the other day i was checkin myself out in the mirror and said shit must change top :S lol what about they have you kno the boyfriend fit or larger baggy t shirt styles atm and knot them at your hip, i use that trick when im feeling puffy to hide



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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2009 07:53:47 AM »

I definitely thought the top in the last picture was too big (the shoulder seams are hanging off your shoulders, for one).  You could try taking it in at the neckline so that the neckline doesn't keep falling forward, but I personally hate doing alterations, so I won't suggest that too strongly.

While I don't wear shoulder pads on a regular basis, they're actually good for pears (the whole idea is to balance the top with the bottom, and your hips are wider than your shoulders. If you add padding to the shoulders, it evens everything out a bit).  My mom tended to put shoulder pads in the dresses she made for me.  I'm not entirely sure if it helps because I'm short from the shoulders to the bust (so it took up extra pattern length), or if it's the balancing thing, or if she's just been sewing for me for so long that she knows what adjustments to make, but the things she made for me fit better than the ones I attempt.  Of course, I can fit things on other people better than I can fit things on me (it's hard to make things fit when you have to skew the pattern lines to reach what needs fixing), so that's some of it, too.

I agree with Nostrum that you need to find a bra fitter, too.   My mother would probably try to shove you in a longline bra, but I don't believe in using industrial grade spandex to contort bodies into a "pleasing" shape.  

Do you have any clothes that you genuinely love to wear?  You can use them as a template to figure out what works and doesn't work for you.  You can also use necklines that fit well as a guide to fix things you have (since you don't like a lot of what you have that's strapless, it's either time to invest in a better strapless bra, or change them around so you do like them).  


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« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2009 09:58:56 AM »

You could try fluffy and puffy shoulders and sleeves instead of shoulder pads to make the top of your body seem more in proportion.

I know few of us look like this model, but I'm linking it for the sleeves only!


I think there's a lot you could try with sleeves to make your tops more interesting and draw attention away from the "Problem Areas."  Tongue

Here's another sleeve idea:



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« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2009 10:13:43 AM »

I'm more of a photographer than a fashion designer.. so I can't help much on the clothes. But if you want to be happier with pictures of yourself.. be sure the photographer is always at least on the same level as you - preferably higher up. Never let them kneel down and take a picture up at you.. it's a horrible angle for us plus size chicks Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2009 11:54:01 AM »

aw man, silly clothing sizes! They really aren't built to fit anyone except the figment of someone's imagination anyway.  Smiley

I would third (fourth? fifth?) the suggestion of bra fittings. It really makes such a huge, huge difference. If you don't live near anywhere, you might try looking up online the way to properly measure yourself, size-wise, and then ordering some stuff to try. The right bra really makes a huuuuge difference in how one looks -- and then feels. I know it works for me!

You might try something like, a closefitting vest or corset shape -- cause what you want is the idea of an hourglass kind of shape, right? (rather than, say, a triangle -- stupid plus-size clothing designers!) I'm thinking of . . . basically the upper part of your body in a bright color, and the waist/hips area in black.  Cause black makes things recede, so even if it doesn't *actually* cinch in at all, it *looks* like it does, and therein lies the magic.

like this:  http://img.hottopic.com/is/image/HotTopic/541027_hi?wid=500

Cause you want things to be in proportion -- a wide sort of belt/vest/corset might be great, better than a skinny belt, and even if you wear it over a flowy shirt, it cinches *in* instead of poofing *out* at the all-important preggers-zone. Smiley 

(I gotta say -- I was always a fashion minimalist -- but the recent discovery of wearing clothes *over* other clothes -- wow! duh! Like, a foofy shirt *under* a tank top, or a dress over jeans . . . it's amazing how the details of layers can make you look so much more put together! yowza.)

You could also look into tops with ruffled necklines, or other details that enlarge the neckline as well as draw attention to it. And in general, details win every time over a pattern, I think. Plain, with lots of texture and details (piping, same-color embroidery, princess seams, ruffles, bandings, intricate straps, the right jewelry) *I* think look way better than an all-over print on a garment. Wink But I always was a print-a-phobic.

And yes! You have a lovely face. Wink So just rock it! And good luck with everything -- hope this was helpful.


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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2009 01:24:02 PM »

All of the above girls have so much good information!  I am currently a 14-16 (after years of being 8-10) and have found that a) a good bra has worked wonders! A nice push-up does ALOT to draw more attention to "the girls" and away from my belly; and b) Things that are a little more form fitting (not tight) creates a waist -- like a fitted vest or jacket. 

I noticed that your hair is up in all but one of the pictures.  Your hair is lovely down!
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