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« on: June 12, 2010 03:47:15 AM »

Ok I know that I can rely on craftsters for ruthless compassion...or brutal honesty depending on how you call it.

Like a lot of other women I adore how Joan from mad men dresses.
this is her http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_3MZNzoi7p9Y/ScPy2kuOf3I/AAAAAAAAATs/gnIinnvYHek/s400/joan+holloway.bmp

I have the bust. I have the hips..sadly I also have a belly, I only have about a 2'' difference between my waist and hip measurement, so honestly do you think I could/should make a couple of dresses/pencil skirts in this style? to wear with little sweaters? or perhaps make a blouse or two that has a wrap shape or a little peplum?

 this is me, bad pic but gives some idea of my shape (i am 5'9" btw)

I'm probably sucking in my tummy a bit in this one!

and also has anyone tried making dresses with internal corseting, a kind of built in tummy flattening section, with wide elastic or boning?...did it make a difference. I have made plenty of medieval garb with built in corsets, but they work well because of the voluminous skirts, not sure how well that would work with contemporary dresses.


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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2010 05:37:28 AM »

Absolutely! (She's beautiful, isn't she?) Notice that Joan's bust is pushed up a LOT so you'll need to get one of those bras that hikes up the girls as much as possible! This will also help to bring in your waistline.  Also, choose a vintage sheath dress pattern w/ bust darts (and maybe try a dress w/ princess seams?) and keep the belt the same color as the dress (I love her blue dress w/ the simple front-tie - do you think her belt is sewn to the garment?). Keep it simple w/ the fabric choices. I wouldn't go for patterns- I think solids are more slimming (in my experience).
Oh, one more thing. It looks like you're wearing your jeans and skirt a lot lower than Joan would. yours are slung around your upper hip area and Joan and the gals would be sitting right on the waist. I know it seems weird at first to pull your waistline up so high, but try hiking up your skirt a couple inches and see what happens.
Go for it girl, you got the goods.  Wink

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2010 05:45:07 AM »

Do keep in mind women in that era wore girdles!  These covered the hips and waist,or even the entire torso, and sucked you into the proper shape.


Intrinsic boning probably is not strong enough to give enough control.


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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2010 06:00:15 AM »

I think you could easily pull it off! 

Shalon is right - if you pull up the waistline, the skirt/dress does a lot to hide 'trouble' areas too.  The belt being the same color and hiking the girls way up bring the eyes up to your bust and face instead of people noticing what's lower. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2010 11:23:35 AM »

I triple the comment about where the waist hits.

While Christina Hendricks does have one of the most amazing bodies ever even with out corsetry, [see her near nakedness in the Firefly series] the high waisted body skimming lines do wonders for anyone.

You most narrow part is right between your belly button and breasts and that is where the waist should hit.  

This is a perfect image to show how even she has a little womanly pooch and the waist band hits above it.

When you are making pencil skirts and body skimming sheath dresses the fit is the biggest part.  I might suggest making a duct tape dummy [if you don't already have one] to fit the pattern on.  

Also if you are worried about it a pair of Spanks underneath will smooth everything out so that when you do fit it perfectly no lines show.

Good luck and when you whip some up remember to show us!
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2010 11:47:31 AM »

I'd love to see what you make.  I'm sure you'll look gorgeous!

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