I have been reading "Dress like a star" by Annebelle van Tongeren, which has had me drawing croquis again....that perfect dress still eludes me. Annebelle is an experienced stylist and has loads of tips for styles to play up our killer features and play down the not-so-good features...which is all very well if you can identify those. I have looked at my shape way more than anybody else's, so it all seems quite normal to me and I don't know what is out of proportion...though, I did hold my croquis over the top of a model in a fashion magazine...we matched head for head, neck, shoulders, waist, top of legs...and then the model's legs just kept on going. My feet lined up somewhere above her calves. So I guess I have short legs. Which would explain why my thighs stick out...if my legs were longer, all those leg cells would be distributed over a much greater area and would look slimmer.
Anyway, the nifty thing about Annebelle's book is that a lot of her line drawings match up with styles in the Vogue catalogue. So if you are a lover of Vogue patterns, which I am, you can get a bit of inside info on whether the style will suit you, before you make it up.
Here are my drawings...feel free to offer your opinions, because I do not have a very objective eye....
A is a pattern that I have bought to make a LBD.
I am trying to choose between B & E for a silk faille that I just bought.
I love pattern D, but it looks a bit brick-shaped on my croquis.
G is a Vogue pattern that I have been wondering whether or not to buy for a while now. I might be a little too old for it?
I like H, but have not found a pattern in this style yet.
O is a Marc Jacobs dress that I am thinking of copying, perhaps in denim.
P I have made already.
Q is a Vogue pattern that I love, but can't decide whether or not to buy.
R is in muslin stage.
S & T may be good give-away prizes.