Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Crescent Sew-Along #1: to be or not to be?

I desperately need your help please friends! I know you only have a muslin to go by, but do you think the Crescent Skirt suits me? Even though it's especially designed for pear shapes – which I think I am – I also have some impressive muffin tops to boot and I'm not sure if this design is flattering. 



Aside from my reservations about the design on my particular body shape, I really recommend Tasia's sew-along wholeheartedly! Tasia is such a good teacher and I'm finding out some excellent tips as we go along. Her posts are well-thought out and she does her best to respond to every single question, which is impressive considering how many people are sewing along.

The skirt itself was a pleasure to work on and it came together really fast and easily. I cut out a size 8 in the end as it corresponded almost exactly to my measurements and I'm impressed that it actually fits like a glove. I don't think I would need to make any adjustments and I quite like the length even though I normally prefer a shorter hemline. I also think the waistband construction is really cool, I love the gathers and the pockets are amazing...look how deep they go!!!


So what do you say lovely people? Should I continue with the sew-along, or do I need to accept that it might not be the best shape on me?


P.S. Please excuse my hair and tacky bra straps! I changed into my slob clothes after work as I desperately wanted to finish this muslin and get pictures taken before sundown. 

20 comments:

  1. the colour of fabric you use would make a big diffrence to how it looks i think, It fits perfectly but does seem to accentuate a curvyer bottom half.
    hmmmmmm
    Im really tempted by the prendrell top pattern...where did you get your pattern from and how much did it cost in the UK?

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  2. I think it looks lovely! I especially like the longer length :) It's nice to see the longer version, as thats the version I'm going for.
    I think the shape looks lovely on you :)
    Ashley x

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  3. Hey Katie, thanks for your honesty. I guess maybe a single coloured, dark fabric might look better?!?

    I bought the pattern from the Sewaholic website, here: http://sewaholic.net/sewing-pattern-store/. I can't remember exactly how much it was, maybe a tenner or a bit more with postage...

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  4. I agree with Katie about the colour. Like this I think it looks a little bit unbalanced, but if the skirt was dark and the top was light it would be different. Or maybe even have just the waistband in a darker shade...

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  5. i agree with jodi's comment, I think you need more focus on the waistband, maybe having different colours or patterned sections to attract the eye and a dark skirt. Thanks for the info!

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  6. The waistband looks amazing and longer length flatters. I think even though its designed for pear shapes you should break the dark bottom rule and choose a crazy bold block colour for the fabric. Like mustard yellow or coral shade. Or if you want to be safer and maybe more wearable, maybe that teacher green shade like in the Elvgren pin up!

    http://www.polyvore.com/gil_elvgren_194_pinup_%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%BA%D0%B8/thing?id=21015728

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  7. Hmmmm. Firstly, I'm loving the two-tone muslin, the blue is a really pretty colour. I think the shape it gives you in the reverse shot is lovely, but for some reason I'm not sure about the front view. However, this may be because i naturally tend to wear skirts a little lower than the waist. Have you thought about either lengthening the waistband or making it a size up so it sits a little lower? This might lengthen your front and flatter your figure better. It is tricky to tell though when it's just a muslin, I spent ages umming and aahing over mine!! x

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  8. I really like this shape on you, it emphasizes your curves! I really like the style lines at the waist. Nicely done :D

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  9. I like it. But then i'm in love with the pattern.

    I agree that a darker fabric would look different - the fit is good, i think it's just the light fabric drawing your attention to the lower half of your body. A darker fabric would make a huge difference.

    I vote have a go at making it, just don't buy really expensive fabric for it.

    I also think that a little shorter would maybe be better, but then that might be because that's the view i'm making.

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  10. I agree with everyone, the colour is key. I also think you'd look great in one of the shorter versions too. Maybe you could pin up the hem to see if length makes a difference to your view of it? But I definitely think keep going - it really accentuates your little waist!

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  11. With the caveat that I'm surely no fit expert, I'll agree with the others re: the color. Also, I think maybe the proportion is an issue -- if the skirt were shorter, this might perhaps look more balanced, even in white? Or if the waistband were narrower. But I think the basic shape works fine, and I'm sure your final skirt will be lovely!

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  12. Marie, personally I am a pear and stay clear of pleats because I look large when I add that to my thick legs. You on the other hand have a good balance in your shape. It's hourglass. I would say this would look good in a darker color. Good luck!

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  13. Opps I meant shortening the waistband not lengthening...d'oh!

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  14. i think it looks lovely, slightly vintage looking too, so I'd defo keep goin with it.
    if you wanted you could alway take the side seams in a bit below the waist band to stream line it so it's not so full and if you wanted shorten the waistband a little, but i think it looks fine as it is :)

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  15. I think it looks lovely, as Sarah says, slightly vintagey. I haven't been drawn to this particular pattern, mostly because of the fullness of the skirt. But this post is actually really useful as I can see how it looks on a similar body shape to mine (which I think yours is). And I agree with Gina, I think you're definitely an hourglass rather than a pear! Go for it. x

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  16. I think it's adorable and vintage-ish. :) I love the shape!

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  17. I think it looks lovely, I really like the shape on you. I think once you see it in the proper fabric you'll change your mind! Cx

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  18. I think it's a good pattern for your shape (I have the same problems you do). High waisted skirts do wonders-they look professional and fix the muffin-top :) I like to keep my fuller skirts very light and breezy... use a gauze or maybe an eyelett... the white does you wonders ;) Good luck!

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  19. I think the front shot looks lovely. I think the gathers aren't quite right at the back (need to be more central?), and that is widening the silhouette slightly. Also, the top you're wearing with the muslin is distorting the picture (pears need light on top, dark on bottom). Hope that helps. I think you should go for it.

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  20. Wow guys, thanks for all your fantastic input! Seems like people are very divided in their opinions, so I'm not quite sure what to do.

    I think I'll try shortening the waistband a little and I may take up the length a touch...not too short though! I had some floral fabric in mind for this originally, but I may try and hunt something darker down after your comments.

    Kat, I can't wear it any lower because of said muffin tops - if I do then it'll really accentuate them! I generally struggle with two-pieces because of my shape, but hopefully this will end up wearable!

    Thanks again for all the encouragement and advice!xx

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