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« on: September 07, 2012 04:52:07 AM »

I am about 5'9'' tall and fairly large, big boobs hips and a bit of a tummy, probably a L or Xl all over, but because I am tall, i carry it off, since I have long legs.

I wear a lot of wrap dresses, jersey, because they are so flattering, Skirts, I wear above the knee a-line mostly.

Summer time is easy because I can wear flat sandals. But winter is coming and I am a professor, so a lot of my day I will be standing up lecturing. I tend to default to jeans and boots for the winter (very informal dress code in the engineering department). But I would like to smarten my winter wardrobe up a bit and wear more skirts.

I do love heels, but they are impractical for work, so I need dresses/skirts that will work with flats, either flat boots, or shoes. I would love the winter equivalent of a wrap dress, something that is soft, comfy and very flattering....any ideas? Or have you seen a dress pattern that is a wrap dress but made with something heavier than jersey. I suspect that jersey works so well because of the drape that skims over my problem tummy....

ideas, if you have them, would be gratefully received!
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2012 01:35:39 PM »

Why not switch to a wool double knit and wear leggings? Wool is awesomely warm in winter while surprisingly cool in summer. It does this weird thing where air exchange is rather slow but moisture still evaporates through it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012 08:24:18 AM »

Maybe try something like this wrap style knit dress? http://www.loungelover.com/shopping/women/designer-loungewear-poupees-russes-wrap-dress-in-silver-grey-item-10237302.aspx - it also comes in a lovely 'cappuccino' colour.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2012 04:07:05 AM »

oh pretty..
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2012 01:43:45 PM »

I just bought some fairly heavy jersey knit for a wrap dress on my own. Using a thicker fabric would help, you could also wear knee high boots.
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2012 09:09:52 AM »

I know sleeveless is popular right now, but adding long sleeves makes any garment warmer.

Adding a lining increases warmth. Or maybe you could find a heavier jersey.

Or, you could go with a pattern that uses woven fabrics, and a nice wool crepe. This pattern works with wovens, and the collar gives it a slighlty more tailored look than the average wrap dress.
http://www.sewingpatterns.com/sub_item.php?item_num=1686SIM&model=&new_category=&view=gallery&brand=Simplicity&category=new_releases&pageGoto=0&pageFormat=3|186|186&pageCount=18&search=&return=yes
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