I bought this gorgeous striped fabric a few weeks ago on impulse because I was in love with the colours.  It was only when I got home that I realized it's really not the most flattering print you can get.

You know what they say about horizontal strips and how they can make you look wider. Well it really is true for some strips. There are times when you absolutely can get away with a horizontal strip if it's proportional to your body, meaning the right width and placement. Alas with this particular fabric I could tell that if I made a full dress or skirt that it would not look good at all.

 I've been puzzling over this in the back of my mind for a while now because it is a lovely fabric and the colours are perfect for fall. I only bought a meter so I wanted to make sure that I didn't waste it on something that wouldn't look good and that I would never wear. 
So after thinking about this for a few weeks I remembered a style of dress that is all over Pinterest. I've made a few variations myself and was always really happy with the results. It features curved side panels that enhance your waist and gives the wearer more of an hourglass figure. 
I wanted to make sure that this striped fabric was working for me and not against me. And since the print only has to be in the front panel I would still have enough left over to make something else in case it didn't turn out.  With the addition of the waist panels the horizontal strips are more flattering than they normally would be.  
I left the back black because I didn't want to use all of my print on one dress and I think that the contrast is striking. 
What I learned from this is that make sure that you are utilizing your fabric and the garment style so that it works for your body type. Garments should flatter and above all else be COMFORTABLE. If you don't feel good in your clothes it definitely carries over to your attitude :) 

Happy Sewing! 


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