20 Aug Oprah Magazine’s 13 Top Fit Tips
In the current issue of The Oprah Magazine, Adam Glassman, O’s creative director shares his guidelines for looking your best, no matter the trends.
1. Start with a Good Foundation – Check
2. Wear Your Actual Size ……. don’t be swayed by the number on the tag. – Check. Anyone who sews is over this one.
3. Easily Conceal Midsection by fitting shoulders and using strategic draping through bodice. Check
4. Befriend Your Tailor. Check. Sewists are their own best friends here.
5. Take the Time to Find the Right Pair of Jeans. Check
6. Plus -Size? Play Up Your Shape. Check. I’m not a plus size but the whole point of this tip is remembering that dressing is all about balance.
7. Shop for Your Largest Part First. Check
8. Wear Pumps that Match Your Skin Tone . Check. Did you know you’ll look almost 3 inches taller by doing this?
9. Use a Blazer to Add Shape or Streamline Curves. Check
10. Consider Insoles for a more comfortable and even better fit. Check
11. Try An A-Line Skirt. It’s like the bootcut jean of skirts – it looks good on absolutely everyone. This season the ’60s-inspired shorter style is the one to try. It comes just above or to the knee and works well with tights.
S T O P .
$475 for an A-Line Skirt? $475 for one of the first garments I learned to sew? … From my stash, I selected Butterick 4461 to which I added a waistband.
I’m not sure I could live with myself if I spent $500 on a simple skirt. I stopped sewing A-lines because they are so easy to sew! I’ve enjoyed the challenges of learning new sewing techniques along with learning to fit, but everything in life goes back to the basics and that includes sewing.
I bought the fabric from the Aubergine Home Collection Outlet on John’s Island, SC in May. To my surprise, the outlet was loaded with bolts of fabric instead of home accessories, including this striped mid-weight cotton.
I’ve always considered sewing with stripes a joy due to the easily achievable impact made by cutting a single pattern piece on the bias or in the opposite direction from the rest of the garment. These stripes were easy to match due to their size and the fabric’s texture.
To add a waistband to the skirt, I removed 1 1/2″ from the top of the skirt after sewing the side seams. After adjusting the fit, I cut one 3 1/2″ strip of fabric on the crossgrain for the vertical design. After attaching the waistband, I installed an invisible zipper, before sewing the lining to the waistband seam.
I interfaced the waistband with Petersham ribbon for stability and comfort, and lined the skirt with an acetate lining.
To add to Adam Glassman’s article, the A-line skirt is not only flattering, but comfortable, practical and versatile. I am delighted to be reacquainted with it!
My skirt cost $20 to make and took only a few hours to sew. Thank you, Adam Glassman!!
12. Illusion Dressing Is Key. Check
13. Choose The Right Frame. I’m still looking. I don’t know if I’ll ever like the way I look in glasses.
Best wishes to all!