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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Getting Clothes to Fit Your Hourglass Figure
Assuming that all my lady readers have been working the hourglass figure since I posted on it a few months ago, I might as well address this topic. It is not easy to find clothes that fit a curvy figure. The whole point of having this shape is to enjoy a proportionately small waist. So why settle for unflattering clothing? If I want to buy something that fits, it seems to involve luck, cost, or both. That said, there is a cheaper way and you can cheat your way around the luck part too.
I have a sewing machine. I'm no master at using it but I understand geometry and the way cloth behaves. That's all you need.
Here's what to do...
1. Go to discount stores like Ross, TJ Max, Marshalls, etc, or the clearance rack at places like Target.
2. Start with something simple to fix, like a dress. Find something you like that is "close enough".
3. Try it on and make sure that it fits in the bust and hips. Gather the waist area and look at it in the mirror and be sure that you are happy with the general appearance.
4. Purchase and return home.
5. Lay the dress inside out on the floor or carpet. Most likely you will not be able to get it completey flat so do one seam at a time. Spread the cloth away from the seam so it is completely flat. Draw a line freehand that takes in the waist about the amount you pinched in front of the mirror. You may have to try on the dress again inside out and mark where that line should start and stop and where it should go in the furthest.
6. Repeat on the other seam and check to see the lines are identical, mirror image.
7. Use a simple stitch to sew along those lines, being sure to keep the cloth flat and doubling back over the area you started and finished so the stitching does not come undone. You should not have to cut off the extra material. It should lay flat and you will not notice it once the dress is on.
8. Try it on again in the mirror and admire how it now accentuates your waist and makes you look like the amazing bombshell you are!
Awesome Tip of the Day: Visit the lingerie section while you're at it. There are a lot of "chemise" styles that make awesome Saturday night dresses if you trim out the babydoll look. You can find one for less than $12 and it will look like a $30 dress. I've had plenty of women in the restroom at bar/clubs ask me where I got my "dress".