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20 April 2009 @ 05:33 pm
I am tired of patterns  
I currently have about twenty yards of fabric literally hanging around my house. (I washed it, didn't want to put it in the dryer cause twisting+fraying+wrinkling=UGH, was too late to put up the clothesline, so draped it on the banisters and dining room table.) This is gorgeous, normally-expensive-but-I-got-it-cheap Liberty of London lawn. I want to make it up into stuff, now that summer's just about here, but what?

I can't find any patterns that I'm not sick of. I've seen the same ones over and over, and either they're a) boring, b) won't look good on me, or c) are of the OMG YOU ARE FAT YOU MUST SHROUD YOURSELF IN A BURQA variety. Costume patterns are too costumey. I can wear a nice summer dress to the office; I cannot wear Renfaire garb.

Part of the problem is that I have very little idea what looks good on me. My body type is not exactly what's designed for. I carry my weight mostly in the front, so there's not much waist definition. I can't look to the media to find examples of people like me dressed in flattering ways-- i.e. not giant jackets designed to hide my "flaws." My entire body is a "flaw," at this point.

I could learn to draft my own patterns, but again, what would I design? What's a good-looking style that doesn't make me look like I'm trying to hide myself, but at the same time doesn't make me look hideously disproportionate? I am short and round, and I don't mind being so (except for the anti-fat prejudice that's ingrained in all women). I just wish I could find the magic pattern that both subjectively and objectively looks good on me.

Hmm. If I did look at historical patterns...

Anything pre-1905 or thereabouts is rejected, based on the stays requirements. 1910s? Maybe, if I can find something that doesn't look too FLDS. 1920s? Right out, I have too much boob for that. 1930s? Possibly. Hmm. Must investigate 30s wear. 1940s? Again, possible. We're heading into vintage now, which doesn't look costumey, although I haven't seen a lot of 40s wear that I like. 1950s? Possibly, except that the clothes are designed to be worn with girdles, which brings up the stays problem. Still, fat was not as shamed in the 50s, and I do love circle skirts. 1960s? Yes and no. I'm not into mod. I am very much into boho, but I have so much boho stuff, and there's a limit to how many peasant blouses one can own. 1970s? Meh. 80s? Meh. 90s? Meh.

Okay. I shall hunt for 1930s and 1950s wear, and see what I come up with.
sphinxvictorian on April 21st, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
You and I have a similar shape, and I tend to go for anything with an empire waist. A style I think would look lovely on you in a summer dress would be one of those thirties-style dresses, with cap or puffed sleeves and high-waisted, with a v-neck bodice, possibly with a sort of cross-front. The skirt could be as long or as short as you wanted.

If you want to go a bit earlier, there's the high-waisted styles of the WWI period, as you said. You can get a nice layered look, with an overskirt and an underskirt, and a deep V-neck with an inset of complementary material. That style can look good with either a little or a lot of boob, depending on how it's done.

Sorry, my designer hat just flew onto my head when I read your post! I can send you example piccies via email if you'd like! I've got a ton of costume pics in my computer picture files.
Elletheletterelle on April 29th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm in the middle of a 1930s tea dress pattern from Rocking Horse Farm. The skirt is done, I just need to sew the bodice together and put on the sleeves.

I found a gorgeous set of patterns from Decades of Style. I wanted all of them, but I settled for the 1950s wrap blouse and the 1920 Tunic with Kimono Sleeves. I'll do the Tunic next. :)
sphinxvictorian on April 29th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Those look wonderful! And I'd love to see the tea dress when it's done.