Do you ever pay attention to those little shapes on the back of Vogue patterns that denote which body shapes a pattern will best flatter? I consider myself to be of the rectangle/tube/athletic/straight/H/column/whatever-you-want-to-call-it-if-you-don’t-have-much-of-a-defined-waist shape, and I swear that little rectangle is so hard to find. And, many of the Vogue patterns I have found that have the little rectangle in the third box down also have all of the other shapes in their respective boxes, which I have begun to realize is actually an indication that the pattern is more of the shape-less variety rather than the magical, truly-flatter-all-shapes variety.
What’s your opinion on the whole body-shape figure-flattery thing?
I’ve been thinking more about it for the past year (it was one of my 2014 resewlutions), and I have particularly tried to be more conscious of it in my sewing this year as my body has (mostly) come back into its own after giving birth.
My ruffle-bottom Mariska skirt was in part due to a Pinterest pin that I found awhile back similar to this one that had “printed ruffle” skirts in their list of “best skirts for a rectangle shape”. Mine was much less pencil-y than the example – maybe a BHL Charlotte would have been a better place to start?
Likewise with all of the loose wrap tops (Dotty blouse, Yaletown dress) I’ve been sewing this summer (example pin here). I’m going to have to try the Dotty again without the over-zealous top stitching and with a fabric that wrinkles a bit less!
Anyway, I’ve got a long way to go before I can naturally spot something that’s ideal for my shape, but I’m hoping that by being a bit more conscious about what I know already works for me and experimenting with what I can glean from others on the inter webs, I’ll end up being able to focus my limited sewing time on garments that I’ll reach for and feel great in every day.
By the way, is there a way to search by shape when you’re looking through the Vogue Patterns site? And, are there other pattern companies that promote the same sort of shape-flattery system (besides, of course, the indies that are targeted to one particular type, like Sewaholic)?