Welcome back!! By now, you've purged your closets, assessed what you have left, what holes you need to fill, and browsed (or even selected) your color palate for the season. Now, we make use of your style analysis! Because today, we pattern shop. After all, we can't sew without fabric, and we can't buy fabric without pattern requirements, right?? How are we supposed to sew without our fabric??
Today I share with you my favorite patterns for each body type! (Don't know your body type? Find out here, or ask our chatty group on facebook!) These suggestions are here for you to consider and compare against those styles you gravitated towards in your style analysis.
Of these suggestions, find those that most closely resemble your style: fitted piecess or loose and flowy, knit vs woven material, necklines, skirt/dress heavy or jeans-all-the-way? Consider also the versatility of these patterns. Which will offer the design details you know you like, or feel confident enough to sew? Necklines, sleeve length, skirt/pant lengths, zipper closures or knit/elastic bands.
You may browse through your current pattern stash and find you already own similar styles. But if you don't, enjoy a WEEKEND FLASH SALE and fill those gaps in your pattern collection!
Some Disclaimers before we begin...
- Disclaimer 1: The patterns I have chosen are NOT with the intention of hiding "problem areas." I repeat: We're not hiding anything here, for any shape. You are BEAUTIFUL. We all are! And we should approach dressing for our body type as dressing for balance. Visual balance. Broad and narrow. Petite and long. Loose and fitted. Bright and neutral. Earlier today, I saw it phrased "Dressing for your best feature." I loved that. It felt more encouraging, removing any suggestion that we should feel shame or embarrassment for any of our body features. There is NOTHING to hide, but much to embrace! Whenever possible, let's remember to talk kind about our bodies. They're the only ones we get, and loving it is the only way you're going to love dressing it.
- Disclaimer 2: These are suggestions ONLY. If you are not comfortable in the styles I've suggested, let's find one that works for you! If the group has taught me anything this week, it's that most bodies are a blend of more than one type. If you find yourself repulsed by your suggestions (wahh! I hope not!) or simply relating to another's suggestions more, you may find you have a "borderline" body type. I encourage you to explore each, and build a capsule you'll feel comfortable and styling in!
- Disclaimer 3: You will notice a lot of familiar brands repeated in each suggestion. I have NOT been compensated to promote any of these names. They were chosen because they happen to be my favorites for a variety of reasons: fit, instructional clarity, design aesthetic. I have had a lot of success working with these designers, and I recruited seamstress feedback and approval for those designers I have not sewn yet. Designer favorites are 100% personal preference. Please be encouraged to work with your own favorites, and explore your own stash for patterns with similar features.
- Disclaimer 4: (Last one, I promise!) I have NOTHING against paper patterns! Please oh please feel free to explore that option as well. Since I have sew along participants in all parts of the world, I simply chose to promote PDF patterns so that everyone would have easy access to these styles.
Let's get started, shall we?? (Or join us here after a quick body type refresher!)
I made handy graphics for your pinning pleasure. Add these to your sewing boards to remember them for later!
Ahhhh the hourglass. For you, balance comes easy. And dressing it, even easier! I've suggested patterns above that define waists, and enhance - and even embellish - curves. Don't hide that waist under loose layers. Darts are your best friends. Dress lovers - stock up on pencil dresses and skirts, and wrap silhouettes. These features are often available in tops too. Look for wide scoop or v-necks necks, even plunging if you dare to bare some cleavage.
Who is with me in the Rectangle club?? Here, we get a lesson in optical illusions. Waists appear smaller with fitted details, yes, but summer is all about ease and movement, and not suffocating under layers of fitted clothes. This season, I'm embracing FLARE. Shoulder details, dramatic necklines, and a-line or circle skirts will help narrow our middles by broadening our shoulders and hips. Slim down legs with skinnies and leggings, or their cropped, summer-friendly alternatives.
If your bust is wider than your hips, you get the same FLARE suggestion as prescribed above, but only on the lower half. Full skirts and wider pant legs will balance your top and bottom halves. Try empire waists, or drop-waist styles with maximum flare at the hips. Minimize shoulders with halters and plunging vs wide necklines.
Flip-flopped from the Inverted Triangle, you'll be opting for wide necklines, scoop, V or square. Off-shoulder pieces are great, and tops with embellishments at the shoulder. Tops with asymmetrical or curved hem liness avoid cutting your body at it's widest part, and lengthen the torso. Enjoy any bottoms - wide, skinny, straight - but opt for higher rises that cut your body at a narrower part - high hip or waist. Avoid low rise and capri cuts.
Diamonds and Ovals get the same treatment in my book: do not add bulk with wide, puffy or loose-fit garments. Try shift dresses that skim the body, but do not hug it. Liesl & Co's Cappuccino Dress/Tunic is a great example of this as well. Create a waist line at or below your natural waist with belts, ties, or elastic. Standard and low raise bottoms - straight or full - elongate your frame.
Summer is a time of baring legs! So I've selected skirt and short patterns in a variety of fabrics and sewing skills to do just that. Only, I'm listing them separately because I find them to be UNIVERSAL.
You might be thinking "THESE are universal? How can there possibly be a one-size-fits-all prescription for skirts and shorts?? A-line and Pencil skirts are classic, feminine silhouettes every woman can wear. Carefully consider the lengths and rises of each garment - as that is essential to personalizing an otherwise universal silhouette, and finding your most flattering fit. Generally, this will mean the garment ends where you are most narrow.
Convinced? Excited?? Some of these items are available exclusively in the Women's Bundle, which released today. The rest are available at the links below. SOME are even listed with coupon codes - an exclusive gift from our favorite designers to help you build your summer capsule wardrobe! This Flash Sale starts immediately, and ends Sunday at midnight.
Enjoy shopping ladies!! Then come back armed with a wardrobe plan, your new patterns and their fabric requirements on Wednesday. (Remember, you can get help anytime in our facebook group!) We'll talk FABRIC SHOPPING, and get those orders placed so we can get sewing!!
- Jocole - summercapsule to receive 35% off your puchase
- SisBoom - summercapsule30 to receive 30% off your purchase
- Greenstyle Creations - summercapsule to receive 25% off your purchase (website only!)
- Winter Wear Designs - summercapsule to receive 25% off your purchase
- By Hand London
- Cali Faye Collections
- Leisl & Co available 20% off at Whimsical Fabric
- Little Lizard King (Petal Perfect available in the Bundle Up sale)
- Love Notion
- Megan Nielsen Patterns - NEPAL will save you 15% AND benefit Earthquake Relief efforts
- Patterns for Pirates (Bundle Pricing Available)
- Shwin Designs
- Tie Dye Diva
So tell me - how'd I do? Do you have patterns to add? Any you would never ever ever wear? Do you find yourself gravitating to these styles already? Please share your thoughts below!