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Monday, October 23, 2006

More Than 25 Ways To Look Taller And Slimmer

Hi Friends:

Everyone wants to change the way they look. Most things we can't really change, but there are a number of things that we can do to look our best. Lots of my students over the years have this question: "What can I do to look taller and slimmer?"

No one ever asks, "What can I do to look shorter and fatter?", but often what some people wear does exactly that. Their clothing makes them look shorter and fatter.

Take a look at some ideas to look taller and slimmer.

To Your Sewing and Fitting Success,



Sewing Tips - More Than 25 Ways To Look Taller And Slimmer

- by Marian Lewis

©2006 Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved

1st Step To Sewing Success


No one ever asks, "What can I do to look shorter and fatter?", but often what some people wear does exactly that. Their clothing makes them look shorter and fatter.

So, you want suggestions on how to look taller and slimmer without going on a diet? Here are more than 25 ways that will visually add inches to your height and take away inches from your width.

It seems to be a fact of life that short people envy tall people and tall people envy short people. We are never happy with what we are. I am tall. I always felt short people had the advantage over the tall ones. They could go out with any height guy. They can wear the highest heels and still not tower everyone. And, in the corporate world, short gals are not as threatening to the short male bosses as a tall one. Ask me how I know.

Short people have fabric to cut off their sleeves or pant legs so that they fit. Tall people can't add ruffles or whatever to extend the arms or legs. Tall people look like they outgrew their clothes or they are wearing their baby sister's outfit with the waistline in the middle of their back instead of at the waist.

It's true that if you are short, you may need to alter your ready-to-wear clothes to fit, but if you are tall, that isn't even an option. The fabric simply isn't there. How many "tall" departments do you see in the stores for women? Most of my sweaters come from the "men's" section. Many of you shorter gals can find something in the "petite" or "junior" departments. So, if you are short, it seems you have more selection.

If you are short and want to look taller and slimmer, here are more than 25 ways to visually accomplish that goal and you don't have to wear 4 inch high heels.

Whether you sew or buy ready-to-wear, look for these features in garments to help you look your best:

1. V-necklines
2. Vertical seaming (the more vertical seams, the better)
3. Buttons from neck to hem
4. Long, full-length details
5. Long necklaces
6. Narrow slim skirts
7. Flared skirts, with the flare at the center
8. Knife-pleated skirts at center front
9. Long skirts
10. Hose and shoes to match the bottom clothes
11. Beltless waistlines or matching belts
12. Lengthwise narrow stripes
13. Narrow vertical tucks and stripes
14. Narrow-legged straight pants (not real tapered or you will look like a barrel)
15. Long oblong scarves
16. Vertical buttonhole pockets
17. A little longer hair worn with more pouf on top to add height
18. Slim-fitted coats
19. Bound jacket edges in a contrasting color
20. Long, slim sleeves
21. Lots of pleats
22. Skirts with many seams
23. Fine, smooth fabrics
24. Soft fabrics in place of crisp or bulky ones
25. Use smaller size accessories, handbags, etc. in proportion to your body

As you can see, you want to stress vertical lines to draw the eye up and down and stretch out your figure. Avoid horizontal lines that will only make you look shorter and wider.

Some horizontal lines are not as obvious. Check in your mirror. For instance, if you wear short sleeves and have a large bust, do not have the sleeves end in line with your bust line. That creates a horizontal line and makes you look shorter and wider. Roll the sleeves up a little and recheck the mirror. Doesn't that make a difference?

Don't have your long sleeves end at the bottom of your shirt. Shorten or roll them up to three quarter sleeves. Get the idea?

Don't have your shirts, tops or jackets end right at the widest part of your hips. Above your hip line is better for shorter people. If you wear them below the hip line, you may look like the top is dragging you down.

Sewing Tips - Sew tops with vertical slits in the front or at the sides to divide and lengthen the figure. Add vertical slits to skirts and pant legs, too. Add some vertical slits to your ready-to-wear garments.

Avoid horizontal stripes, yokes, full sleeves, square necks, horizontal pockets, huge handbags, etc. no matter what the fashion trend is. And, don't wear shoes with ankle straps that cut off your legs and make them look shorter.

Be glad you are who you are and enjoy life. Learn to sew to fit your unique figure. Get a few classic, basic patterns worked out in your favorite garments and sew them over and over in different fabrics. Sewing is the solution. Whether you are tall or short, you can look your best.

It just makes sense!


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Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor, author and creator of an amazing new fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks who want great fitting skirts and pants. In her mini-course ebook, she teaches step-by-step common sense techniques how to find out WHAT you really need, WHERE you really need it and HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing pattern.

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