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« on: July 30, 2009 02:33:41 AM »

Hey folks Smiley

I hope you can help me here, I am getting really nervous. I went through all my burda magazines to find a decent dress I could wear to a wedding... but I didn't find anything I really like. Problem is, I am a size 44/46 (German size, would be about L or XL), but mainly because of a really big bust. Hips are rather small, waist is well... not really existent (just a little), so I need a dress that goes in under the bust and stays kind of narrow - but concealing slight "flabbyness" of the areas in between - down to the hips and then it could get wide again (I'm thinking godets). Want the back to be covered, at least most of it.
I think I could construct something myself but I neeeeeed inspiration for the bust part.
Do I make layers which are crossing, do I use one stripe of fabric etc. pp... I think I prefer a v-line around the decollet, and short sleeves or at least something to hide the quite flabby upper arms... aaaaah I desperately need inspiration. Do you have any ideas? I'd so appreciate it!
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009 06:14:51 AM »

This is pretty. All the pintucks would be a distraction to the "flabby bits". Sadly no sleeves but do you have a little bolero or cardigan you might be able to wear?
http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8488.htm?tab=dresses_includes_designer&page=3 (Vogue V8488)

This one seems to fit more of your criteria. Short sleeves, V neck, covered back, full skirt
http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V9668.htm?tab=dresses_includes_designer&page=6 (V9668)

Do you like ruffles?  Cheesy
http://www.butterick.com/item/B5320.htm?tab=dresses&page=2 (B5320)

I personally don't like the belt..
http://www.butterick.com/item/B5319.htm?tab=dresses&page=2 (B5319)

Longer sleeves
http://www.butterick.com/item/B5279.htm?tab=dresses&page=2 (B5279)

Buterick definately seem to have more V-neck options than Vogue, I've only linked a couple. I hope you find something that inspires and delights. Enjoy the process and of course, the wedding!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009 06:27:45 AM »

Thank you michellesangel! Whoa some of them have awesome features Smiley
I think the one with the ruffles probably would suit my figure best... I hope I can find the pattern somewhere, because I tried the whole day to whip something up myself and I have to say, what I got until now fits, but it's not really flattering in some "places" Wink

Thank you again!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009 12:07:45 PM »

so this one's kind of outside your guidelines...except the narrow underbust and v neck (depending how you wear it). But it's super easy to make, flattering on many figures, and oh-so-versatile (can we say re-wear?) The American Apparel Le Sac dress...there's a tut here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307579.0
Also, if you like the "ruffly" dress posted by michellesangel, then any wrap dress should suit you. It's another classic that flatters many figures. This is my personal favorite wrap dress, but lacks the v-neck. It's super easy to make (only three pieces) http://www.butterick.com/item/B4790.htm And another great butterick pattern (faux-wrap) http://www.butterick.com/item/B5206.htm
Simplicity makes a couple nice wraps, too: http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3877 and http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=6674

best of luck!
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