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From: twohands
Date: 02-11-2005, 10:28 PM (1 of 8)
Does anyone have design tips for women with a small chest? Are there certain cuts that work better? Her chest is not really so "small" it is just that she is very petite. She has a nice figure, but wide hips and so it is really a pain to fit her so that her figure is showed off. Thanks!
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From: MaryW
Date: 02-15-2005, 02:06 PM (2 of 8)
Sorry I didn't see this before. I speak from ahem, experience in this instance. Hubby says all I need to wear is two band aids instead of a bra.

The small chest can be camouflaged with ruffles, pockets, lots of top details. Horizontal seams work well, so do shoulder details like epaulets, piping, etc. Nice colors that go well with your eyes and hair will bring the attention up top too.
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From: mommydionne
Date: 02-15-2005, 02:43 PM (3 of 8)
As one of the small busted in this world... what I like includes... shallow V neck tops, criss cross tops, I'm not a big fan of ruffles though, princess seams are nice and I love peggy sayers Pam's blouse, good for a small bust b/c it has a scarf like effect but is well fitted and not boxy.
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From: paroper
Date: 02-15-2005, 10:09 PM (4 of 8)
Although they aren't in style right now I love empire dresses (where the seam is just below the bustline) for small busted people. The line seems to limit the hips and emphazie the bust.

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From: MaryW
Date: 02-16-2005, 07:36 AM (5 of 8)
Those criss cross tops are very much in style this spring so they would do fine.
I like shoulder interest and unusual pockets where the top edge appears to be slanted or notched.
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From: Magot
Date: 02-16-2005, 08:48 AM (6 of 8)
Halter neck tops work good too,and if you are on an evening dress those sort of cowl drapey neckline things. DD2 could be described as 2 fried eggs on a nail only not that saggy! She looks great in things that emphasise the waistline but she is a skinny runt..
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From: twohands
Date: 02-24-2005, 11:36 PM (7 of 8)
Geez! I have been so busy. I am sorry I haven't replied sooner, but anyway thanks for the great tips. You are right that tops with spaghetti straps work well. I will have to try an empire dress pattern. A couple of other tips I ran across were to use a broad horizontal line across the bust, I think this would look great with an empire style, and also to use a fitted top that doesn't hang on the body. While shopping for clothes with her, we stuck to these rules and found some great very flattering things.
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From: auzzi
Date: 02-25-2005, 05:30 AM (8 of 8)
In the course of trying to deflect attention, don't attract attention by "too much" camoflague.

If the lady is petite with wide hips, "correct" the hips not the chest.

Have a look at these suggestions:

Simplicity Pattern Design: 4994 Sizes: 4 to 18 Misses'/Miss Petite Sundress
Simplicity Pattern Design: 4996 Sizes: 6 to 20 Misses'/Miss Petite Design Your Own Dresses [good value - lots of variations]
Simplicity Pattern Design: 5549 Sizes: 4 to 20 Misses Sundress With Bodice Variations [good value]

Mccall's Pattern M4444 - Dress has fitted bodice with halter, very loose fitting princess seamed-skirt
Mccall's Pattern M4001 - Dress has neckline variations, semi-fitted bodice with front gathers and back darts, empire waist, A-line skirt
Mccall's Pattern M3584 - Halter dresses; dress A has full skirt; dress B has straight skirt

Butterick Pattern B4444 - Empire waist dress has bodice and sleeve variations.
Butterick Pattern B4183 - Close-fitting dresses: strapless, straps and bow, halter straps, shoulder straps [I would flare the skirt-line for wider hips]
Butterick Pattern B4018 - Dress has fitted front, scoop neck, A line skirt and sleeve variations
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