Great British Sewing Bee Guide to Fit & Style + Giveaway Winners!
Hello & Happy Monday!
What better way to kick off the week with a little announcement for the giveaway winners!
Thank you all for taking part in the GBSB Giveaway – both here in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter and over on Instagram too – I have been inundated with entries and it has taken me all morning to just collate all the entrants to enter them into the draw!
But with out further ado, let’s announce the three luck winners…
Please do email over your postal address so that we can get the copies of this great book out to you!
Now, I’m always sad that there can’t be more winners – especially when the prize is a great one like this, so by how about some exclusive tips and tricks direct from the Great British Sewing Bee?
Stitching Friends, here is your Great British Sewing Bee Guide to FIT AND STYLE SOLUTIONS
Most of us can be categorised into one of five shapes.
Which shape are you? Check the descriptions below to determine which silhouette best describes you and then choose garments that flatter your figure.
Rectangle or ‘athletic’
If your figure is straight up and down without a lot of curves, you fall into this body-type classification.
STYLE TIP: Create curves to flatter your figure – wrap-over styles work well for your shape, creating a nipped-in waistline. Choose styles with defined waistlines or two-piece outfits. Most skirt shapes will suit your figure. Try a peplum skirt, such as the Peplum Dress on page 104.
Triangle or ‘pear’
The most common female silhouette, this is where the upper body is noticeably smaller than the lower body.
STYLE TIP: Since the waist is your best feature, choose styles with a defined waistline. The Chinese-Inspired Top on page 148 is perfect for your shape. Alternatively, try the Jumpsuit on page 56.
When shoulders are wider than the hips,
you have an inverted triangle shape. You may also have a small waistline.
STYLE TIP: V-neck tops work well for your figure as they minimize the width at the bustline. Try the Bias-Cut Top on page 38. Balance out the upper half with an elegant flared skirt or trousers. Try the Palazzo Pants on page 138.
If you have a full figure with the upper body, especially the tummy, bigger than your lower half, you have an apple-shaped silhouette.
STYLE TIP: Fluid lines up and down the body work well for apple shapes as there are no seamlines drawing the eye. The Jersey Dress on page 100 is a perfect style that you will wear again and again.
The hourglass shape is curvy, with a clearly defined waist.
STYLE TIP: Wear belted dresses, skirts, tops or jackets to define the waist. Why not try the Wiggle Skirt on page 112.
Style it yourself
The beauty of sewing for yourself is that there are no rules. Wear patterns and colours that make you happy and feel confident. If you love tropical prints, then use them. If plain colours are your thing, then play with some colour blocking. Unlike shopping on the high street, you are the designer when you make your own clothes. So, have fun…and start sewing!
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The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner (Quadrille £25) © 2016 Love Productions. Photography © 2016 Jenni Hare & Charlotte Medlicott