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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Closet Organization Part 1: Bring on the Bin

It’s still the start of the year and if you follow the Chinese Calendar, it’ll be new year in a week’s time.
What does that mean? SPRING CLEANING.
Well, in this country, there’s no spring. It’s just beginning of the year, dry season, stormy season and Christmas season. So we start the year anew. It’s fresh, it’s sunny and the weather is great. That means it’s the perfect time to clean out the closet.

Let’s make closet cleaning more fun with a game. It’s a scavenger hunt. Below are descriptions of clothes that have got to go. It fits the bill, then…

Bring On The Bin!
ü  Any item you’ve never worn in the last 6 months.
ü  Any item you’ll never wear in 6 month or more.
ü  Clothes that are too big
ü  Clothes that are too small
ü  Over-stretched items
ü  The garter’s already gone
ü  The brass/metal buttons are rusted
ü  Things with permanent stains
ü  Holes that can’t be patched up anymore
ü  Garments with worn areas or himulmol
ü  Baston pants, psychedelic prints and large polka-dot tops (trust me, they’re not coming back anytime soon)
ü  Tattered underwear

Spare yourself the closet space. Get rid of it.

Next time on Fully-Figured: Closet Organization Part 2: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Skirt Sweep of Width

The opening for your legs is called the Sweep of the Skirt. This also determines the cut of the skirt.
This picture above may help you to determine what they are.
This is the basic skirt design.

Pencil Cut and Straight cut skirts are usually used for corporate wear. They need stiff fabrics to give a good flow. There materials would be Wool, Gabardine and sometimes, heavy cotton. Straight cut skirts can be used in denim and twill skirts.

A-line is the common cut because it is most flatering on a woman's body. Should she have thick or thin legs, an A-line works wonders.

Full Skirt is very wide with the sweep of about 30 inches (x2) to as much as a full circle. This cut always uses flowing materials for it to fall daintily and not stiffly. Textiles commonly used are silks, jerseys and light cotton. Guaze can give it an ethereal look.

Working with Turtleneck Tops

Turtleneck is not usually recomended for short/stout necks. But there are some new designs that are out in the market that can just be for you. For one thing, haltered designs will help to elongate the torso.

The problem most short necked people have is being short in stature. For the stout necks, these girls usually have a box figure. The cut of the clothes is very important in altering the shape. Part of the cut is the neckline. Necklines are tricky because they are the top of your garment. If you are not comfotable with the haltered effect, find ones that are semi-haltered. The opening of the armhole starts one inch from neckline. This hides the underarm forld that most full-figured women wish to conceal.

In buying turtleneck tops, find ones with shirring. These shirring creates lines that will elongate your torso. A keyhole or cut-out design will also do the desired effect. These two elements will go a long way in adding to your neck length.