Curvy women struggle to find clothes that are not only the appropriate size, but also the right fit,sometimes it is almost impossible, and when we eventually do, it is either very expensive or hard to get, one of the reasons why i have decided to make my own clothes. Here are a few tricks which i think its easy to follow…
Tip 1: Know your exact measurements
There are three main parts of your body that you should know the exact measurements of the bust, measured at the widest part of your chest, your waist, measured at the smallest part of your stomach area, and your hips, which are the measurement around the widest part of your bottom. For specific projects, you might need to know some extra measurements, but these are the ones that are most useful. If you are making a piece where you can freely choose the length or width of an item, try using another piece as a reference for what looks good on your body and what you like wearing. When measuring, make sure you are getting the exact measures – taking a few inches from the number will only yield ill-fitting clothes, so make sure you get correct and honest measures. After all – it’s just numbers!
Tip 2: Know your body shape
There is this notion that shift dresses are the best style for curvy figures because they hide the visible stomach outline (i have come to believe that so much that i only wear shift dresses, just to hide my tummy). Oh well….the tummy line(s) will always be there, unless i do something about it which is not really in my agenda right now, but for now i have decided to try other style options e.g peplum…(yea,thank God for peplum!!!). So….know your bodyshapes-hourglass, Apple, pear, triangle,e.t.c (will prepare a post for that soon).No matter how curvy, big, fat, e.t.c you are, You have a body shape!
Tip 3: Choose the right fabric
In sewing, the fabric is everything. The way a fabric falls or moves will determine the type of garment that you will have. For most pieces with looser fit, like skirts, tops or dresses, you can use a heavy jersey, because it falls straight down, meaning it doesn’t give you any extra volume, but when you move, it flows beautifully with your body. For figure-hugging styles, make sure that the fabric is breathable and that it doesn’t have a shine to it because a shiny fabric will show every lump and bump when it reflects the light.
Tip 4: Recreate the clothes you love
I have a lot of clothes that fits perfectly in some areas while in other areas it just sits awkwardly. If you have such clothes, then its time to bring out your creative wand. Again, one of the reasons why i chose to be a fashion designer, the ability to recreate an original design to suit your style, which might end up being an ultimate piece.
Try buying trendy plus size fashion pieces from companies that specialize in plus size or curvy clothes, and study their design. High-quality pieces like those are a great way to learn about curvy fits, stitches, and materials, you can learn a lot that you can use to apply in your own designs.
Be beautiful! Be Confident! Be bold!
excerpts from http://www.threadsmagazine.com