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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I find out at last : I am an eight

I don't know about you but I am occasionally frustrated by Vogue patterns "Figure flattery" allocations.

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:

Inverted TriangeTHE INVERTED TRIANGLE: Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips.
TriangleTHE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips and/or thighs.
RectangleTHE RECTANGLE: Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition.
THE HOURGLASS: Equally balanced on top and bottom, with a trim waist.LASS: Equally balanced on top and bottom, with a trim waist.

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.


Bobbi said...

this is me! I've never read such a useful description of my body type -- thank you so much for posting this and for the links.

Catherine Daze said...

Heh, I've stopped looking at the figure recommendations on patterns. I know what definitely doesn't suit me but it never seems to match up to the little symbols. I think the problem is that they don't take height into account. What looks cute on a shorter girl can be silly on a tall one, and some dramatic styles are great for the tall but overwhelming on the petite.

Alison said...

I'm also an 8 (I knew we were twins!) and I always knew that an A-line skirt didn't suit me....I just didn't know why. I found out why on Imogen's website & knew I was vindicated in my hatred of them on me! 8s cannot wear A-line skirts she says.