How many times have I liked a pattern and have seen it is not recommended for what is my apparent figure type.
You know this list, by which I am an H:
THE INVERTED TRIANGLE: Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips.
THE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips and/or thighs.
THE RECTANGLE: Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition.
I have always wondered about this criteria because well, I look my best, pretty normal front on, which is the angle these characteristics seem to have been taken from. But my shape (note I said shape not issues) is revealed in the side view - a tummy and a butt that really sticks out (trying to think of a delicate way to say this but can't).
So last night I was poking around and found this reference to the 8 shape who "carries her weight at the high hip, just under the waist, on the bottom, rather than the low hip/thigh area which is where the X shape carries hers."
I am now thrilled to know I share the same body type as Beyonce, who if you have ever seen interviewed seems like a really genuine nice person with a sensible mother:
This has made my day.
For more detail on what 8s wear check out this post on the InsideOutStyle blog.