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« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2009 01:33:47 PM »

You Rock and you are gorgeous!
I have exactly the same body shape as you..sort of..
im a 36E with the hugest belly ever! it looks like i have swallowed a lifesaver, my top can be a size 18-2o, yet my bottoms are size 14-16! im so out of proportion! oh...and im short too, i only measure 1.53! bum!

My top tips!

Tops and dresses Empire Line are a must, make sure they have a band under the bust to accentuate your waist. 
Ruffles along the neckline are ace to divert the view
V necklines are the most flattering
Use the tops short (ie no long kaftans etc) make sure they are hip lenght, then you dont look like a tent.

Finally, embrace your curves and love yourself!
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« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2009 04:42:50 PM »

Y'know, I forgot one important point.
Always look for designs and patterns that have a vertical line instead of horizontal. It's really a fashion must, but you see a suprising number of shirts - especially in larger sizes - that have horizontal stripes. It really draws your eye outwards, and also emphasises your curves in all the wrong ways.

This style top would look great on you, but definitely in another colour!
The 1/2-3/4 sleeves would really emphasise your forearms, and though it's a light, wavy fabric it doesn't look to frippy.
... Did I just make up a word?

Okay, so this is a terrible example, but apparently the look I was thinking about isn't as common as I thought it was.
This top has a feature that runs across the bust, as well as vertically. This design actually WOULD look great on you, because it would help narrow your waist, add emphasis to your bust, and has cute little cap sleeves.
The main point of this top is that it has a design under the bust, but it doesn't flare out / fall straight from underbust.

Also, there's an issue we haven't addressed!
You're on a crafting forum, but we haven't asked - what do you craft?
If you can sew, you could take up the hems of your tops that finish at thigh length and take them up to crotch length [I TOTALLY understand what you mean by that].
If you can knit or crochet, think about a cute little shrug for your shoulders! Match, say, a baby blue shrug with a royal blue top.
If you do metal work, get started on Princess Leia's metal slave bikini from Star Wars. The men always love that.  Wink Cheesy

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« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2009 04:56:43 PM »

Im a plus sized girl in Aus with the opposite problem - huge breasts, smaller stomach, so I can symathise. My stomach can still stick out if I put on weight though (I noticed this a while ago and it inspired me to lose weight after I thought I too looked pregnant). I found that some gathered shirts around the stomach really help. I buy alot of my things online (since you dont have many shops near you) at www.bigcitychic.com.au  (check out their cutie 3/4 length shirts and youll get what I mean by gathered). They have shops too but now that I know what suits me I just get lazy and buy there online. I love this shop. I also buy alot from the Sara line at www.ezibuy.com.au (they are also stocked at David Jones stores). Myers is also a fav, but can be very expensive at times. I've found these 3 sites/shops really helpful and they also stock younger designs which is great. Hope you find that helpful.

« Reply #23 on: July 13, 2009 09:24:19 PM »

I know it's been said before, but a great fitting bra will do wonders for any woman! Try figleaves.com - they sell sizes that I can't find anywhere else (thank you 34G chest!).

I really like the your infinity dress! I've had the fabric to make one for years now, but have been hesitant to make it out of the fear that I don't have the right body type for it. You have inspired me to give it a go! Smiley

« Reply #24 on: July 14, 2009 06:42:50 AM »

Hey michellesangel. Smiley

Let me start of by saying, I am ridiculously jealous of your smile and hair!

Now, I have a similar problem to you re smaller bust bigger everything else, I would say im probably hourglass, but, not a very exaggerated one, I have a slightly more defined waist than you, however, the rest of me is pretty much the same, bar my broad shoulders that go on for miles.

On me, some of the more flattering things, are, tops that cross over at the bust, and are straight around the stomach area, and fall just at the hips, then straight boot cut pants, or, pants with the slightest flair, but you want them relativley fitted around your thighs, so it helps to lengthen your legs.

I think tops like these would flatter you,

Because, they have a bold colour around the stomach area, and a patterned or lighter colour around the bust.

Don't be afraid of white or colours in the bust area, tops like that, with a V neck or neck detailing will help balance you out without making you look boxy, like shoulder pads would.

I would stear away from tops like this...
http://www.citychiconline.com/TOPS/shirt-stripe-corset-p3308.aspx (because it would make your bust look smaller)
http://www.citychiconline.com/TOPS/shirt-deep-v-lace-p2623.aspx (emphasises the stomach area)
http://www.citychiconline.com/TOPS/corset-pleat-ribbon-p2480.aspx (the bust would not be fitted enough, and would, as above emphasise the stomach, however, if you like this, and could sew a shirt similar, with ruching at the back, it could be quite flattering)
http://www.citychiconline.com/TOPS/top-rainbow-smocking-p2635.aspx (completley wrong for most plus size chica's)

Something like this http://images.marketworks.com/hi/73/73374/black_wrap_dress_1.jpg but with a slightly more fuller skirt, would pull the eye across the body, the longer sleeves would flatter your arms.

Other dresses that I think would flatter you

You know that craze awhile back? where girls would wear belts right under their breasts?
That, looks terrible on us curvaceous women. However, if you wear it a little further down, I say where my second boobs start, because I have a lump there, it can be very flattering, especially with more empire line dresses, because it pulls it in more giving you a little more of a waist.

Most of all, you need to be comfortable in what you wear. Next time you manage to get out and just browse a store, pick up some styles you would never in a million years try, and see what they look like. But, !!!!! look at your reflection in a mirror further away. The closer you are to a mirror, the less background objects you have to be able to put yourself in perspective, and everything will look bigger.

But don't forget, your best accessory is your smile, never go anywhere without it!


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« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2009 06:55:22 AM »

Wow. I just wrote an essay in that last post, I appologise, but please do read it. It has a LOT of valuable information gained from personal experience, and that of helping to dress my very varied shaped friends.

I forgot to ad that most of the city chic links I posted have the same girl in it, so you can see which items emphasise and flatter the different parts on her body.


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« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2009 07:13:39 AM »

I dont have a pic of my favorite top, (Hi its me again!)
But it has a cross over v neck, is gathered on the bust (to make the girls look big!)
wraps fairly tightly around the waist (to hold me in and make me look like I have a waist!)
and then falls to my hips.
In a jersey.
Not cheap but worth its weight in gold, it was a Veducci.

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« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2009 07:24:31 AM »

me again,
I have been searching for a pic of a top like mine, with no success,
but found this

From a great craftster on here!
really great idea, if you sew.
 I thought it had possibility's

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« Reply #28 on: July 16, 2009 04:01:29 AM »

i have no advice but i just wanted to say how jealous of your face i am, you have really striking features, you remind me of brooke shields!

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« Reply #29 on: July 21, 2009 06:28:51 PM »

Wow.. so much has been said! Sorry, I was sick all last week and now I feel very overwhelmed when I look at this thread and don't know where to start.

Someone mentioned something about the Inifinity Dress.. I love it! If I make it again I will make the "waist band" more of a bandeau to cover a bra but otherwise, its awesome!! Definately a good design for a plus. MonifC is a USA plus website and she sells a version of it for over $200USD!!

I can sew, knit, crochet, bead, tat, scrapbook, cross stitch etc etc etc. I don't have many patterns in plus size as patterns in Aus never go on sale for $1 each! LOL Only in thrift shops you pay $1 for them. I'm too scared to alter clothes. Being single, small income household with a needy child (always ill, always on meds and running her to Perth [800km one way] every 8wks for drs) I'd rather wear it ill fitting than pay $50 for a top that I'll butcher beyond repair. I've kept an eye out in thrift shops but again they usually have very little in plus size. Ok, they have lots in plus size but it's all awful and T-shirt material stuff. Boo!!

In all honesty those photos I shared were the worst of the worst. The dress I wore to dad's 50th is from City Chic and I wore a cardian over it but as I was hosting, I got hot and there is a really nice pic of me with friends but I got someone to take that one real quick just to have a pic of me and dad. Same with the maroon halter, I had a jacket over that most of the night. It's not that I don't know where to buy, City Chic, Undercover Wear, Rockmans, Sara, Autograph etc all have some really nice things. I just never know what to buy, or if I do buy it's all wrong in the top half. I'm also limited to the sales racks cos $160 for a dress for "going out" that I'll wear twice is impossible Smiley I paid $30 on the sale rack for the one I wore t dad's bday and it has real potential. Once I work out how to make it fit better cs the extra elastic in the back didn't help!

I have this dress (in black!! lol) http://cgi.ebay.com.au/399-London-Times-Cap-Sleeve-Triple-Knot-Dress-20-22-NWT_W0QQitemZ290305869005QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Womens_Clothing_2?hash=item43979404cd&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A30 but it's way huge in the bust and I've had my nanna pin it under the arms and nup.. needs way more work than that so it's just sitting. It was my first choice for dad's bday but it looks too awful without the bust being adjusted first.

Anyhow, this is what I wore to wrk ver the week. Just so you can see I am usually the very tame modest one lol and don't make a habit of strapless at all.

(apparently my photo upload to Craftster didn't work last night and photobucket had been down. now I am late for work! will add pics when I get home Smiley )

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