I was asked by a customer this week to recommend some sewing patterns that suit apple shapes, that is, the “rounder tummy”. I get great pleasure from helping customers find the perfect pattern for themselves, so I relished the chance to help!
When it comes to sewing for apple shapes people often say “choose a wrap-around”, because the pattern sizing is more forgiving. Because of the nature of the wraparound, it doesn’t need to fit perfectly so you don’t need to make alterations for a larger tummy. However my customer wanted something that WASN’T a wrap-around, and there are two great basic shapes that are very flattering for apples – the tunic, and the empire line. Both skim the tummy area so helping to minimise it.
One of the patterns that I think is good for apple shapes is Serendipity Studio’s Sabrina Tunic, as it has a flattering empire line style, and also a tie across the middle which I find helps ‘hide’ the offending bulge (though I think Gok might say you’re supposed to avoid anything that draws attention to the area you’re trying to hide).
Another nice tunic style is Kwik Sew 3610, which is incredibly easy to sew up.
For easy to make dresses, Kwik Sew’s 3675 empire style would make a great choice-
As would Vogue’s Very Easy V8574 pattern-
And for something a bit different, Kwik Sew 3718 is an interesting tunic-style dress –