We are to join Part 2 (Back) and Part 3 (Front) of our CAL and crochet the Bodice in one piece.
I’ve sketched a few examples of your future crochet garment(s) above. There are no rectangle-shaped dresses or oversize square-shaped tops because… Yea, they are comfortable and super-cute for staying inside and hibernating through the cold winter months (as any “dad’s sweatshirt”), but we do not need to wear so much volume in summer.
What garment will look best on you depends on your body shape and proportions and not on simple designs that were created for crochet magazines. The garment might look more fitted and flattering there than it will on you. Models with great body shapes look gorgeous in any potato sack 😀
What makes you look good? Should this garment be fitted at your waist? Or would you like to crochet it in relaxed and comfortable A-line silhouette? How about some slits? Drape? Colors? Listen to your body: look at yourself in the mirror, examine the area from your neckline, past your bust, waist and hips to the fullest part of your thighs. Once you recognize your shape in one of these body sketches, read about the most flattering features for it and choose the right crochet garment for this CAL.
- Hourglass (the most balanced of all, with a well-defined waistline): Your garment should follow the outline of your feminine curves and sit well there. Wear a good supporting bra that will enhance your bust and give you a more defined waist. Bring attention to your shoulder and neckline – extend the shoulder past the thickest part of the arms. Avoid bulky details that add extra volume around your bust, tummy, thighs (such as dropped sleeve lines, pleats, hip pockets, boxy jackets, or double breasted styles, narrowing leg lines or wide/short sleeves which finish near your bust).
- Rectangle (it’s like the hourglass figure minus the defined waistline – that’s what I look like): Create the illusion of a waist, curves around hips and bust. Wear dresses that add definition to your bottom (A-line garments work great). Avoid long straight fitted lines in dresses and sleeves, square necklines, dropped waistlines, boxy jackets, double breasted garments, bulky, heavy textures, shapeless, loose styles that hang from your shoulders.
- Apple (your upper part of the body is heavier than your lower body): Your silhouette should be simple under bust, below your arms and along your waist, straight to slightly fitted (but not figure hugging). Avoid all details and volume around your bust, tummy, hips such as unnecessary bulk and excessive fabric (no lapels, double breasted garments, waistbands, belts, sleeves which finish next to your bust, skirts above knee length, gathered or tiered skirts, any clothing that finishes at your fullest points, in the mid section). Move the waist line higher (wear empire waist or A-line) to create an elongated illusion of your torso and take the attention away from the upper part of your body. Splits at waist work wonder for you.
- Pear (your lower part of your body is visually bigger than your upper body): Balance your top half with your lower half by wearing clothes that make your shoulders look broader (use shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, cap sleeve t-shirts, boleros). A-line dresses with volume, pattern, ruffles, color that add definition to the upper body look great and your hips and thighs will seem narrower. Your tops need to finish either above or below the widest point of your hips and bottom. Always accentuate your waistline (empire waist, wraps, fitted lines work great). Avoid sloping or narrow shoulder lines, dropped waistlines, skin fitting tops and loose bottoms (pleats in your leg line, pinstripe suits, turn-ups in your trousers, wide or flared leg lines, combat or cropped trousers), details, patterns, pockets on your thigh and hip area, straight or pencil skirts, mini skirts or any other hemline (including single or double vents in jackets) that finishes on your hips, thighs or any other full point of your leg.
- Inverted Triangle (the most athletic looking body type – your shoulders are much broader than your hips): Create a balance by making your hips look broader (bring all the ruffles, layers to the bottom part of your body) and your upper body clean and uncluttered (minimalistic). Try to create an illusion of a waist (with a wider belt or other waist details) and of narrow shoulders. Avoid styles that extend or accentuate shoulders (puff sleeves, shoulder pads, scarves around your neck or shoulders) and make you broader on top (such as boat neck, big straps, halterneck tops, big shawl collars).
The sketches for clothes show several stripes – you can either crochet all panels with the same LSP, making increases and decreases in rows with puff sts. Or alternate different stitch patterns in these panels: one panel with LSP, next panel with clusters that you worked in the shoulders. Or make some panels in darker colors (to hide wider parts of your body behind them) and some – in lighter colors.
Draw the best shape of your garment – the one that suits your body, personality and life style, that will make you feel comfortable and confident.
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