DIY, How I Wore It, Wardrobe

The Amazing A-Line Shape

Hey There☺,

This week’s wardrobe wonder is the A-line sillouhette. It’s the one shape of dress, skirt, or coat that can work for all 6 body shapes.

If helps to give the illusion of curves for the straighter body shapes and nicely accommodates the hips of the curvier body shapes.

Style Details & History

Per Wikipedia, an A- line shape is one that is fitted to the upper hip by means of seams and darts.

Although the term was first coined by Christian Dior in 1955 as the label for his spring collection that year, the shape was not the shape that we understand the term to mean today.

Dior’s A-shape was a fingertip-length flared jacket worn over a dress with a full pleated skirt.

1950’s Dior silhouettes inspired by the shapes of letters. Includes the A-Shape. The Fashion Encyclopedia

In spring of 1958 Dior’s successor Yves Saint Laurent introduced the A-shape that we recognize to be an A-line today with his “Trapeze Line” which featured dresses flaring out dramatically from a fitted shoulder line.

Yves St Laurant – 1958 trapeze dress

A-line clothes remained popular in the 60’s and 70’s but disappeared in the 80’s.

By the late 90’s and early 2000’s they saw a revival.

Body Shapes Styling Ideas

As previously mentioned, this shape works well for all 6 body shapes. Length is best worn at or above the knee, below the calves, and maxi.

For oval body shapes dresses are best fitted to right below the bust. Skirts are best with a lower rise. Rise is the distance between your waist and crotch.

For a body shapes refresher click here.

My A-line Looks

I think this shape definitely flatters my “curvy” rectangle shape and it makes fitting my curvier bottom a lot easier.

My favorite length to wear is definitely midi or maxi. Check out a few of my A-line shaped pieces below.

Local Business Feature, Wardrobe

Local Business Spotlight – Fashions By RoPuddles

Hey Guys,

Surprise!!!! I’m popping in again this week to feature a dress I purchased back in 2019 from one of my favorite local based online shops.

I am not being paid or compensated by RoPuddles in any way for this post so I feel like I can be 100% honest and upfront here. In fact, Roshanna had no prior knowledge that her online store is being featured on my blog today.😬☺

I really love supporting small businesses and local vendors when I can because I don’t ever want to live in a world where my main options for buying clothes are Amazon.com or some other faceless online giant.

A Little More About Fashions By RoPuddles

I discovered Fashions By RoPuddles over on Instagram a little more than a year ago. I really liked the look of the items that Roshanna was offering but I really wanted to see them in person so that I could do a quality check. When I found out that she was doing a pop-up shop over near where I lived, I jumped at the chance to meet up with her.

I was blown away by both the quality and the prices.

Since then I’ve purchased several pieces from Roshanna and each time it’s always been a great experience. Her customer service has always been top notch and the pieces that I’ve purchased have always been good quality and well made.

Roshanna offers unique pieces that you don’t see everywhere. Many of the pieces offered are classic styles with a modern twist.

Her shop has Ready To Wear (RTW), Signature Couture skirts and African print fabrics. I’ve purchased fabrics and RTW. To my surprise I found that many of the RTW pieces are made right here in the USA and are very reasonably priced.

The Dress

When I saw this dress, it was love at first sight. I loved EVERYTHING about it. It’s a classic midi length wrap dress made up in a bold and graphic Ankara print with all the colors that I am loving right now.

This dress is one size fits most. I’ve never purchased a dress with this type of sizing but surprisingly it worked out pretty good for me. I’d say that it could fit a small (with alterations) up to a large.

Thanks to the sleeveless bodice, full skirt, and ties at the waist it can easily be altered or adjusted for different body sizes. Having put on a few pounds since I bought this dress a few months ago, I can definitely appreciate this feature.

I also like that this dress can be worn 3 seasons and that this style would also be flattering on most body shapes.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, I think that this particular dress is no longer available but she’s got new pieces coming in all the time and a lot of other pieces in stock that are definitely worth checking out.

So make sure you go and check her out at RoPuddles.com. She can also be found over on IG as RoPuddles.

Because I’ve decided to take this year off from making new purchases, I personally won’t be making any new purchases for myself but I’ve got two other dresses that I purchased last year that I hope to feature on the Blog at some point this year.

DIY, sewing, Thrifting, Wardrobe

Analyzing The Classic Wardrobe One Piece At A Time In 2020

I’ve always wanted my blog to inspire and empower all readers (sewers and non-sewers alike) to dress more stylishly.

In order for this goal to be realized, it’s clear to me that this blog’s content can no longer be limited to just my outfit posts and sewing pattern reviews. To that end, I’ll be shifting the focus a bit, and working to add fresh content type over the course of the year.

I am super excited to announce a new blog series launch 😁. It will be all about deconstructing the classic wardrobe, piece by piece.

Each week, I will publish a blog post featuring a different wardrobe piece. I’ll talk a little bit about the piece’s history, and offer tips on how the piece can be styled and worn by different body shapes.

It’s my hope that the information shared here will enlighten and encourage you to try a new look in 2020.

A Few Other Changes In 2020

Up until this point, the majority of the pieces that I’ve featured on the blog were either made by me or purchased second hand. This won’t be changing in 2020.

Along with my usual DIY and second hand pieces, I’ll also be posting more of the pieces that I’ve purchased from a couple of my favorite local vendors.

Knowing that I need to stretch myself creatively and learn to be more resourceful, I don’t plan on buying myself any more fabric, sewing patterns, purses, shoes, or RTW pieces in 2020.

Final Thoughts

To lay the groundwork for my new blog series, I will soon be posting a guide that will explain the body shapes referenced in future posts.

If there’s anything in particular that you would like to see here on the blog, please let me know by either dropping a line below, or by submitting a message via my contact form.

Thanks so much for dropping by.πŸ€—

Angie H.

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Revisiting My 2017 Wardrobe Goals Checklist

Hey Guys,

Where has this year gone? I can’t believe that 2020 is right around the corner. Are you ready for it? I know I am!☺

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Over the past few months I’ve been working on a project that I hope will add real value to the blog. I will be sharing more details with you guys in the coming weeks.

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Back in 2017 I created this checklist for myself to use when deciding which pieces to remove from and add to my wardrobe.

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Today I am re-visiting my checklist. I’m going to review it against a few of the pieces that I added to my wardrobe in 2019 to see how I am doing.

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Most Worn Pieces of 2019

This was a very good year as far as sewing goes. Just about every thing that I made and featured here on the blog was worn again with the exception of a couple of dresses and my white two piece outfit.

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Below are my most worn pieces. I especially love these first two dresses. I have worn each one of them on multiple occasions.

McCalls 6886 in Mohair

Meghan Markle Inspired – Vogue 9292

The forest green halter maxi shown below is one of my second-hand purchases. I purchased it new with the tags. I love wearing it because it’s comfortable and super easy to wear.

Reversible Green Halter Maxi from Goodwill

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I wear this comfy fleece lined maxi cardigan duster all the time as a house coat/ robe.

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Butterick 5211 – Fleece Lined Maxi Cardigan

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Least Successful Pieces Of 2019

Not Easy – The blue and white infinity maxi dress was my least successful purchase. While it’s definitely flexible when it comes to styling, it’s not so easy to wear if you like wearing a braπŸ˜‚. Even though it only missed in this one area, that’s a crucial area for me.

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Essentially this is a full skirt with two long straps that wrap and tie to form the dress bodice. I hated how I felt wearing this. I just didn’t feel confident or secure. For this reason I ended up re donating this piece right after the photo shoot.

Infinity Maxi purchased from Goodwill

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Doesn’t Fit My Personality – The next piece is this animal print midi. Strangely I only like cheetah or leopard print in small doses. Anything more than a pair of heels, a scarf or a clutch purse is overwhelming to me.

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Not flattering – My least successful sewn piece was actually never featured on the blog. It was only placed in my IG feed.

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It’s this unfinished short sleeve raglan coat made up in a gorgeous bright golden yellow boiled wool.

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For me, this piece is a real styling challenge because I realized after trying it on that the fabric and color are the only things that I love about this coat. I don’t really like the style on me, but because I love the fabric and color so much I will figure something out.

WIP

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What about you? Do you have a personal checklist that you use as a guide when making decisions about your wardrobe? If so, what are your requirements?

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