Before I get started on the post, I want to thank you all for the lovely comments and congratulations on the birth of our first grandchild. He is of course, wonderful.
Now to the topic. I spend a lot of time looking for garments on high end websites like Net a Porter for ideas of what I want to sew. Then comes the obsessive trolling for patterns to see if I can even come close to what I envision because my pattern drafting skills are not up to drafting from scratch. I also spend a lot of time trying to figure out if it will look good on me and be worth my time to sew. I'll use my croquis to give me a feel for how the style will look on my body if I am in doubt. If its a Vogue pattern I'll look at the key to figure flattery. Which often makes no sense to me and isn't really helpful at all.
According to the chart I am a triangle. I am of the small shoulders and large bust variety and my width is at my upper hip, just below my waist so I am often puzzled by their choices. I need bust darts and fitting seams. I also find drop shoulders or too much width across the bust line to be unflattering and I often see both of these in a recommended garment. I like how I look in a pencil skirt but a triangle rarely appears on one of these.
#8624 is another one that will add pounds to my figure. Look at those wide wings from underarm to hip.
Obviously this set of 4 keys is just not enough to really decide figure flattery. There are other systems out there that work better, but they are rather cumbersome. So what do I do? I could keep to the tried and true, but that would be boring. If it's something I am unsure of I'll draw it on my croquis. I look at the proportions especially . Will it divide my body in unflattering ways? Is it the right length for me. Sometimes just adjusting the length will be enough. Are there slimming seamlines? The Knipmode dress as drafted would have fallen at an unflattering point on my legs so of course I shortened it but what attracted me to be honest, was how good it looks on Oprah who is not a sylph. Not exactly my figure type, but a curvy woman too.
I have a drawer full of patterns I haven't sewn and sometimes its because I let the pattern seduce me, not seeing the unsuitability of their lines. Fortunately I only wasted a few dollars, not my fabric or my time. I have a harder time as I get older finding chic, interesting garments to sew. I still want to look stylish. I'd have an easier time of it if I worked in an office where I was required to dress up a bit. But I don't and finding interesting looks that suit my life is often difficult. This issue of Vogue pattern magazine has some lovely things, but the best of them are dresses that are of limited use to me. I do like the Rachel Comey top and skirt, #1170 third down on the right above, obviously making the skirt longer, or just making the blouse. I also like the knit dress from Donna Karan that I think will look good on me. It's the third down on the right below. There's a sale coming up at Joann's so if I invest a few dollars in them it won't hurt all that much if I don't make them. I've been sewing more from Burda Style (BWOF) lately and there I am on my own in figuring out what will look good on me.
So dear reader, how do you decide what to sew? Do you agonize as much as I do in choosing patterns or do you make quick decisions?
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