I tackled the issue of proportion first. Mostly because the little RAL top was easily converted from frumpy to fantastic with the addition of 4″ of length (plus a 1.25″ hem). I remember shopping when I was close to 200 pounds. I would choose clothing that was one color, loosely fitting and worn with close-to tunic-length tops. It wasn’t so much that I was hiding the pounds as that it seemed to make me taller. Look, I quit fooling myself at 140 pounds. I think you can make 5 pounds around the tummy or rear disappear with a little camo. 10 or 20 pounds can be made not so evident with some good underwear and careful selection of color and shapes worn. But a 200 pound woman isn’t going to look anorexic. She’s not going to disappear. What
you I hope for is the look of a happy, healthy, active person despite the too-many-pounds. Making your myself look 2-3 inches taller helps the projection of what I felt inside – healthy and happy. (I always felt I should be more active. I tend to be sedentary and enjoy sedentary activities.) In addition to the height, I think the tunic length negated a square appearance i.e. that I didn’t look as wide as I was tall, simply by choosing garments that weren’t also as wide as they were tall.
I compared the length of the two tissues (the BPD and RAL top as altered). I was preplexed. I usually compare by matching shoulder points. But with the raglin sleeve, some of the shoulder height is included in the sleeve. I finally compared the back’s matching the neckline. I added 6″ to the length.
I may still be off, but that’s a topic for tomorrow.