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« on: January 10, 2008 03:51:54 AM »

So i have this violet wool fabric with this herringbone structure in it. I had it for  some years now and always wanted to keep it for a real good project.
Now I have been seeing all this cute pinafore and jumper dresses on here and suddenly i new i had to do one of those with that fabric!
Usually if i have such an idea i just start drafting and/or changing old patterns and get sewing.
But this time im kind of insecure for what kind of pinafore i should go.
The problem is i m overall rather normal sized to small, except my bust. I have a size 75 C-D (Europe) an online calculator told me i was UK-US size 34 c (thats not extremly big but on me it is)

So i wont try the total underbust pinafore, because i know i wouldnt wear that at all, it would make me look like some pam anderson double.
But i dont want it to look boring or baggy either?

So any ideas which type of pinafore or jumper dress is best for me?

I googled a little and found this photo

I like 1 and 5 best
1 a little better but im unsure if it would look rather stupid with my figure.


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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2008 05:18:34 AM »

5 is universally flattering while 1 would make you look preggers.  I say go with 5!

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2008 07:16:21 AM »

I'm not such a fan of #1, especially if you have a big bust, because it completely shrouds your waist and hips, so it would make you look as wide as your chest all the way down,  I don't think the gathered empire waist look is flattering on most body shapes, to tell the truth.

Depending on how comfortable with your body you are, I'd say 5 is my favorite, followed by three.  Of course, you could just wear a higher necked top for 5, or even do the same shaped neckline, only higher.

Good luck! And don't forget to post the final results!


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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2008 07:59:27 AM »

I agree- 5 looks quite nice...looks more A-line to me which is very flattering to most figure types.  If it doesn't have a bodice/skirt and is all one piece there you could always wear a belt with it too...
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2008 02:35:46 AM »

thanks for your comments, you pretty much said what i was thinking too..

SO i'll go for 5. making  a formed bust area to waist  thing and then i 'll try and add a somewhat flaring a line skirt, whether with two pleats like on this dress or only a little gathered i'll decide on the go.

Plus i have found very cool giant buttons (in my grandmas button collection), so now i have to start this ;-)
ANd of course I'll post the result.

comments and advice is always welcome!
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2008 05:29:51 AM »

Don't do the gather!  The pleats will look much better, trust me!

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