Do you remember reading the Ladies’ Home Journal feature Can This Marriage Be Saved? back in the day? I used to love reading it but the updated version annoys me.
I’m not going to bore you with the details (I’ll update the post with links to adjustment photos later for sewists if I end up going with this design), but although I’ve changed every single piece of this pattern to get it hang correctly on my unusual frame with weight gain at the waist, and I love it, I’m not sure I can go forth making it in expensive fabric.
It may be that people with weight gain at the waist shouldn’t try to wear a design with peplum.
It’s so very, very cute though.
What I want think about is how lovely I will feel wearing it with this fabric and my lovely new Wendy Brandes intergalactic Venus earrings.
But that’s not what I’m thinking about.
What I am thinking about is photos.
Last year, at my own wedding, I had to make a last-minute wardrobe change because the weather that day was unseasonably warm. The careful outfit I had planned and which would have flattered my figure was completely out of the question. In haste, I chose a top that unfortunately emphasized my waist weight gain, in profile, and especially because I was wearing Spanx shape wear. What a harsh lesson. I learned, looking at the wedding photos, that shape wear is a really bad idea. Far better to wear your sins without apologies than to try to cover them up.
The next morning, as I discovered to my horror when I logged into facebook, a well-meaning wedding guest had posted several unattractive photos of me using the tagging feature. In most of the shots, my unflattering waist gain was front and center, as were sweat stains and tears. I want to emphasize that this guest meant no harm. As I see it, this was a case of being caught up in the moment.
However, it’s changed my view of attending private events, forever. From now on, I will think of cameras in attending private events, because the cameras are everywhere.
Martin suggested trying his idea of lowering the waist to the natural waist. He felt it would solve profile issues.
Here’s the lowered waist, which worked perfectly. I agree that this woven garment is hanging on my frame perfectly. Here’s me holding in the peplum though, to help illustrate why this design might not be the best design for older women with weight gain, at the waist.
Letting go now. Here’s what happens with the peplum.
Can this MOTB Design be Saved?