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« on: May 02, 2008 07:10:16 PM »

Hi everyone.
It's been many years since I've worn a dress and this summer I have a wedding to go to and I'll have a two year old to chase after. Empire waist is what I think only looks good on me.  I have very little sense of style and need help on what to wear. Help. I'd love to go to this event and look complete and good. Any ideas.

« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2008 02:13:33 PM »

Ah, there are so many nice empire-waist styles out there!  Maybe you could give us an idea of what your figure is like or any other considerations - for example: are sleeves required?  Do you want to wear a regular bra or would be willing to wear a strapless one?  What length skirt?  Also, what level would you consider your sewing skills?

Here are a few patterns to consider:
I like these New Look patterns because they give you a lot of style options in one pattern:
New Look 6774 - lots of options for bodices, but I like "I" (V-neck with wide straps in the back) the best, and you could probably wear a regular bra with it
New Look 6750 - another with many bodice options, plus 2 skirts (sheath or flared)
New Look 6375 - fancy neckline options

McCall 5039 - gathered top can be worn on or off the shoulder

Kwik Sew 3151 - V-neck bodices

Anyway, maybe that gives you a couple ideas.

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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2008 02:16:08 PM »

It's too bad those "party pants" jumpsuits aren't in style any more. They were a pain in the bathroom, but otherwise they usually had an empire waist, and would be perfect for picking up a two-year-old.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. Proverbs 31:13 NIV
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2008 03:06:18 PM »

Oh, that's another idea - who says you have to wear a dress?  Nice dress pants and a pretty top would definitely be ok.  But if you actually want to wear a dress, go for it. Smiley

You might want to try some things on at a department store to see what you like and what you feel comfortable in.  If that's not feasible, you can at least do some "window shopping" online - a couple of sites I like to visit for inspiration are www.anntaylor.com and www.nordstrom.com.

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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2008 07:17:54 PM »

Yes....I want to wear a dress...I don't get too many opportunities to dress up and look girlie. I'm 5'6, sm chest and waist and lg hips and thighs...oh and I forget about my mommy tummy...lol.

I like  New Look #6774 and McCalls M5039...They don't look too difficult to make.
thanks for your input.

« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2008 07:28:14 PM »

I think either of those dresses would be great for you - I'm glad you found a couple you like!  Do you have a particular fabric you want to use?  Be sure and let us know how your dress comes out.   Cheesy  I'm a little jealous since I don't think I have any "dress up" occasions coming up this summer, and there's just something special about making a dress.  I suppose I'll have to make some sundresses. Smiley

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