If you are looking for the Sewing For My Not Pregnant Belly tips, then look no further than this article. It includes leggings outfit ideas 2021. Perhaps you are interested in leggings outfits for work, then reading this article may help you.
What, you thought you could read a blog about sewing and pregnancy without knitting? You can. You can even read one about over-the-bump maternity outfits, cloth diapers, breastfeeding, and babywearing…sort of.
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Sewing For My Not Pregnant Belly
So, the year was 2011. I made a pretty dress for myself from gorgeous knit fabric (with silver threads) and sparkling velvet to visit a class reunion. Everyone liked it and I got lots of compliments. And what happened in 2017? I put on the dress – and OMG… I see that I have a belly bulge and the dress style was showing it perfectly clear. I was really stressed out about it. Can you relate to that? Below you can see an image of the dress made in 2011. But I don’t want to show you how it looks now – it’s ugly. Ageberry sewing tips, tutorials and inspiration
I want always to look good in the clothes I make. So I started to exercise more, I tried to keep a diet but at the same time I decided to make flattering clothes for my new – and I hoped temporary – shape and to be very careful in choosing sewing patterns and styles.
It’s true that when there is no desire, time or opportunity to lose belly fat, figure-styling outfits come to the rescue.
The problem occurs at all ages; a large number of women face this problem, especially after pregnancy and childbirth. It can also become an issue for women working stationary office jobs.
So let’s learn how to hide or at least de-emphasize the belly bulge with clothes, and visually change the shape of the body; how to choose a beautiful dress, a fashionable skirt, a stylish blouse, comfortable trousers and a flattering swimsuit to look perfect in any situation.
Choosing the right clothes is not going to replace exercise, healthy living and a good eating habit; but as I found out from my own life, as we age, your body changes and it becomes more and more difficult to look good. And knowing what to wear and what NOT to wear is in my opinion very important.
Also, remember: you are unique. What works for me or your friends, might not work for you. All these below are general principles that I found work for me, and when they did not, I will mention that. You get the idea: wear what works for you, for your specific body shape. Emphasize what is good, try to de-emphasize things that are not. You may be taller than me, or have a bigger chest, or longer hair – all these are things that may be emphasized to look good.
By the way, this is the second guide in my series about hiding figure flaws with clothes. If you didn’t read the first one check it out here: “How to dress well: flattering clothes that hide figure flaws”.
Useful tips and a selection of photos will help you create a stylish image and forget about your shortcomings, no matter your shape or size.
Here are a few observations on what worked for me and made my life easier.
First of all, to hide the protruding tummy, choose loose-fitting outfits and avoid tight clothing and thin knitwear, which quickly stretches on problem areas and exaggerates what you want to hide. But at the same time, do not try to hide your belly with the help of baggy shapeless clothes – this will only emphasize your tummy.
Dresses that hide belly bulge
Peplum – “a short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce” (as I read in this dictionary https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/peplum) is the perfect detail to hide the belly and narrow your waist at the same time.
But be careful with it also. I noticed that it doesn’t really work if there are too many gathers from woven fabric; gathers on the waistline are good only if they are made from thin lightweight woven fabric (like silk chiffon) or lightweight knits.
Below are some examples of patterns that use peplum.SaveHelping you learn how to sew and make easy sewing projects + how to use sewing machine + sewing tutorials + sewing tips + sewing for beginners + sewing hacksPublished byAgeberry/All things sewing: sewing tutorials, sewing for beginners, sewing patterns
A-line dresses (without seams at the waistline) made from medium weight woven fabrics can also hide belly fat, but they are only for girls who don’t mind drawing attention to their upper bodies. Consider this option if you have a beautiful bust, or a long neck, or thin arms. With a thicker constitution, the effect may not be desirable.
I didn’t think it would work for me but it really did work. I guess the secret here is to make the dress simple and not too tight.
Avoid pleats, folds and gathers at the front in the stomach area, as they emphasize the tummy. Once I decided to use this pattern from Butterick. And when I put the dress on, I looked like I was 9 months pregnant.
And this pattern with pleats from bust to the bottom didn’t work for me.
Yet side pleats can hide the tummy very well. I had good luck with patterns like this one below. The folds are made in such a way that the stomach becomes less noticeable under clothing. Actually, I made a number of dresses using a similar pattern and I love to wear them – they really hide what I don’t want to show.
Still, the model on the cover looks better!
Drop waist options are an effective way to visually combat fullness in the stomach area. But the bottom part of the dress (I mean the skirt) shouldn’t be straight or tight – it’s better to choose flared or pleated skirts for drop-waist dresses. Also, the skirt should start below the waist but not too low (not under the belly).
You can also try the opposite style; I had good luck with high-waisted dresses as well. I think they are called “empire waist dresses”. They are very flattering for the thick waist. Actually, I like this kind of dresses the best.
Wrap dresses will also be a great solution: they will give the figure the necessary feminine outlines and hide everything that is superfluous.