Changes and Design

The crossfit has changed my body type a bit… so I have to change how I dress.  My legs look much better than they did, but my waist/hip definition (which wasn’t exactly impressive to begin with) is disappearing fast.  (This isn’t weird, when I was a teen I could pull a skirt off without unzipping it, so long as it was a size too big).  Unfortunately I still have a belly, so I don’t want to show off what folks usually show off when they’re showing off narrow hips – a flat stomach.  It’s slowly deflating, but “slowly” is the operative word.

Here’s what I look like now…

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And I want some short skirts (um, knee length) because 1) they’re useful and 2) it’s supposed to rain this winter.  Short wide skirts don’t work as well for me proportionally, but I don’t like wet hems, and I’ll be wading.  So.  I was thinking that some slim skirts would be good – and I know that those are very basic and cute.  But all the slim skirts are cut for wider hips (proportions again), so I sketched my own.  Got the general idea off the internet, ran with it.

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I’ll throw this up in muslin first, see how it works out.  I’m going to peg the skirt *tightly* to the knee, but then it will be unbuttoned to a few inches above.  I’m hoping that will create the illusion of a curve between knee and hip, which is what I want.  Also visual interest with the buttons at the very best part of my leg, that’s a good thing.

The front has seams where I’d put darts on a pencil skirt, I can put the darts into the seams.  And I have some ideas about structure that should keep the front very flat (again, using the seams, and pockets) so that the front doesn’t cup under my belly (or, why I don’t just buy a miniskirt that “fits”).

If it works, should work with more than one fabric, and I’ll make a few.

Will keep y’all apprised, but thought you might enjoy the thought process behind solving figure flattery issues.  You could use the same thought processes to get a good idea of *exactly* what you were and weren’t looking for while shopping, which saves scads of time.

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3 thoughts on “Changes and Design

  1. magistratrium

    It is interesting to see your process. I can’t wear short wide skirts either even though I have a more defined waist. Either it’s longish and sweeping or a short pencil skirt for my figure. I tend toward the long in the summer when I’m going without stockings and short pencil in winter when I can bear to wear tights again. It’s taken me ages to figure out what looks best with my figure.

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