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« on: May 27, 2005 11:37:44 AM »

I have this fabric lying around and I am dying to make it a nice dress:

 I love this fabric. I bought it very cheap. And I want it to be a summery dress..
the problem for me is, I am not slim, I have good waist but my tommy is making me crazy and i am 5' 3 and 167 lbs.

My mother told me that the fabric itself has big patterns and it would make me more *insert ugly word here*..  Cry

 Well here is my questions:

** how the pattern should be?

** neck part?

can you help me?

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2005 12:06:51 PM »

You're the exact same size as me (and by the way - I don't think your mother meant to upset you, I personally wouldn't make a dress out of a large, bold print) HOWEVER - I'd make a skirt in a heartbeart and pair it with a solid color shirt/blouse/sweater!

That looks like a knit fabric, am I right? If so, there are plenty of cute shirt patterns sized for obvious stretch knits and you could make one to match a skirt if you really want that whole body look.
The only reason I don't do dresses with my body type is because of my stomach (three pregnancies kinda left me with something) and if I were to wear an empire waist, I'd look pregnant - a fitted waist, I'd look F@T.

Clothing should accentuate the positive, and if you'd feel comfortable in a dress, make one! I happen to think that a two piece where the top skims the waist and the skirt has a flare or an A-line would look really nice.

« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2005 04:24:55 PM »

I second Rusty....if you are curvy (NEVER say the 'F' word!) an all-over print MIGHT be a bit much....but I'd recommend a simple narrow A-line skirt (I'd do it with a 1.5-2" dropped waist, just because I'm not too tall and dropping the waist seems to elongate my stubby torso Cheesy)) which will showcase your funky fabric beautifully. Wear with a slightly fitted white t-shirt (white stag at Walmart do a great slightly fitted one with a mid-height V-neck, about $6...so flattering I bought 6!!!!) and repeat after me... Curvy Girls Rock!
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2005 04:32:43 PM »

^^these girls are probably right, BUT if you still want to make a dress you could maybe draw the attention to other features.. like your chest if you're comforatble with that.
but i def. looooooove that fabric!
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2005 11:37:01 PM »

ok gals.. thanks for the responses, i know my mother did not mean to upset me but you know it is like as if i wear some tricky things to hide my curves people see me as a skinny girl, no they will see a  curvy person anyway.

oh what is a A line skirt? do you have any sketches or images to show me?

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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2005 12:39:13 AM »

i do not see the reason why not to wear large and bold prints - i think it makes you look small compared to the print! Smiley
(love the fabric by the way!!!)

and if you want to look slimmer - the rule is go vertical, so i think that making a dress is a better idea than top and skirt. since the fabric is so gorgeous, you can (and you better!!) choose a very simple dress pattern, so the fabric will have maximum impact Smiley

A-line is a silhouette that literally resembles 'A' - thinner at top (or waist) and a bit wider at hem!

i'd love to see the results, when you finally make sth! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2005 03:31:03 PM »

Is that the true size of the pattern? or is it scaled?

Does it have an obvious UP and Down direction? if you place the fabric on its side or on an angle, is it obvious?

If not, a great way to use a fantastic fabric is to  break up the patternby using a gored skirt pattern:

If you make the waistband from t shirt fabric or a wide tube of the same fabric you're using for the skirt (if it is stretchy). Those waistbands do wonders for "potbellys" since they don't pinch the skin creating bulges and rolls.

Add a single color shirt and you're set!

Another way to use excellent fabric is to make a handbag or purse and wear it everywhere!

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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2005 08:17:10 AM »

mariska; thank you for understanding! yeah the fabric is so gorgeous so it has to be a simple thing to make it shine..

medea ; thanks for the recommends, i am afraid that pattern is continous and it is not possible to make it apart...


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