Figure Analysis: Silhouettes

One of the steps to choosing the right garment for you, is the figure analysis. While fabric color and type is also very important, figuring out your personal figure and what looks best is always hard. Height is the main consideration, and are lumped into short, tall and average. In The Vogue sewing book, short is 5’4″ and under, and Tall is 5’7″ and over. If you fall in between these, then study your own body and assign to it the proper type (based on bone structure and how you’d like to appear).

Today I am starting out with the Silhouette. Below are the styles and with it are the most flattering and least appropriate part. If it’s not listed, it will be suitable to the type. All of these were taking out of Vogue Patterns dresses section and are current patterns to buy. Finding all of these, and several examples, took me less then 30 minutes. Additionally, the following is based on the dress shape itself, when appearing with sleeves or other design details, please do not take them into consideration for this. These are my own interpretations of these, errors, if any are mine.

A very special thanks to Vogue for allowing me to excerpt this portion of the book. While I hope you find this helpful, I strongly encourage you to go and get your own copy of The Vogue Sewing Book here. It is an invaluable resource, of which this is really a small part. Also I encourage you to join Club BMV which gives advance notice of special effects and videos on the latest fashions as well as discounts to the McCall’s family of patterns.

The basic body parts are: Short and long neck, narrow and broad shoulders, thin and heavy arms, small and large bosom, short and long waisted, small and large hips and skinny and large frame.

A-Line

A-Line

Short:
Very Flattering: Large bosom, short waisted, long waisted, large frame.
Tall:
Very Flattering: Large bosom, short waisted, long waisted, large frame.

Shift

Shift

Short:
Very Flattering: Large bosom, short waisted, long waisted
Not Appropriate: Skinny frame
Tall:
Very Flattering: Large bosom, short waisted, long waisted
Not Appropriate: Skinny frame

Princess

Princess

Short:
Very Flattering: Short waisted, large frame
Tall:
Very Flattering: Short waisted, large frame

Sheath

Sheath

Short:
Very Flattering: Large Bosom
Not Appropriate: Large hips
Tall:
Very Flattering: Large bosom
Not Appropriate: Large hips

Raised Waist

Raised Waist

Short:
Very Flattering: Small bosom, short waisted, long waisted, skinny frame
Not Appropriate: Large bosom
Tall:
Very Flattering: Small bosom, short waisted, long waisted, skinny frame

Empire

Empire

Short:
Very Flattering: Small bosom, short waisted, long waisted
Not Appropriate: Broad shoulders, large bosom, large frame
Tall:
Not Appropriate: Broad shoulders, large bosom, large frame

Asymetrical Closing

Asymetrical Closing

Short:
Very Flattering: Large bosom, large frame
Not Appropriate: Narrow shoulders
Tall:
Very Flattering: Large bosom, large frame
Not Appropriate: Narrow shoulders

Shirtwaist

Shirtwaist

Short:
Very Flattering: Small bosom, large bosom, skinny frame, large frame
Tall:
Very Flattering: Small bosom, large bosom, skinny frame, large frame

Low Waist

Low Waist

Short:
Very Flattering: Short waisted, long waisted
Not Appropriate: Large frame
Tall:
Very Flattering: Short waisted, long waisted

Blouson

Blouson

Short:
Very Flattering: Large bosom, large hips, skinny frame
Not Appropriate: Small bosom, short waisted
Tall:
Very Flattering: Large bosom, large hips, skinny frame

Yoke

Yoke

Short:
Very Flattering: Small bosom, skinny frame
Not Appropriate: Large bosom, large frame
Tall:
Very Flattering: Small bosom, skinny frame
Not Appropriate: Large bosom

Tunic

Tunic

Tall:
Very Flattering: Short waisted, long waisted

Tent

Tent

Short:
Very Flattering: Skinny frame
Not Appropriate: Narrow shoulders
Tall:
Very Flattering: Small bosom, skinny frame
Not Appropriate: Narrow shoulders

Tomorrow I will be posting Pants and Jackets

Elaina

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5 responses

  1. I LOVE the patterns you picked out– especially the a-line dress, the raised-waist and the sheath, although I have the wrong frame for it.

  2. These are ways to dress a body well using a mix and match style of design elements to address the best and worst parts of your figure. I’m sorry you don’t find this as useful as I have.

  3. You just can’t please everyone! I think the patterns are great! At my age (84) I don’t even wear a dress anymore. I always wear a size 1X to cover up the stomach. Golden years are now rusty ones. LOL

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