July 29th, 2010
Everyone knows that dressing for your body shape is important, but crafting for your body shape is even more important. It’s easy enough to try on something in the store and say, “This is so flattering” or “This does not suit my body shape”, but when you’re planning on working on a sweater for hours and hours, you want to know it’s going to come out looking just right on whoever gets to wear it.
First of all, you need to know your body shape. As you can see below, what differentiates one body type from another are the proportions between shoulders, waist, and hips.
Once you have a good understanding of your body shape, you can pick projects that flatter your figure. Here are a few patterns we thought would flatter each body type.
Apple (or Inverted Triangle) bodies are wider across the top and more narrow in the hips. We suggest shapes like those seen in the Ardsley Jacket, the Essential Jacket, and the Peplum Cardigan to balance things out and give the illusion of hips.
Pear (or Triangle) shapes are widest in the hips. We suggest balancing this out with oversized collars, as with the Middlemarch Cardigan, or something that fits loosely over the hips, such as the Dinner at Eight Top.
Lastly, hourglass figures are about the same size in the hips and shoulders, but smaller in the waist. Anything that is fitted in the ribs or waist will be most flattering. We suggest the Circular Yoke Vest, the Empire Top, or the Short and Chic Cardi
The great thing about making your own clothes is that you can customize anything to be just right for your body. When making garments for other people, it’s especially helpful to have an idea of the general shapes that are going to flatter them.
These patterns are just a few suggestions, and we’d love to know what your favorite flattering garments are. Leave a comment below to let us know.