Today I’m sharing a bit of insight into dressing a “B” belly! I’ve got one, and through designing sewing patterns I’ve learned about how to dress one in a way that’s comfortable and gives a nice flow to your garments.
Before I go on, a caveat: I’m 100% a fan of everyone dressing exactly how they want, and there’s nothing wrong at all with a visible belly outline in clothes! This is just sharing something I like to do, and you might too.
What is a “B belly”?
Well, it’s a belly that looks like a “B” from the side! There are two curves, with an indent in the middle. It’s a super common type of tummy to have.
The “traditional” way of dressing with a “B belly”
Typically, your waist is thought of as the smallest part of you, which many people then understandably assume is the dent in between the two curves of your tummy. A lot of clothes are designed to be worn in that indent - and indeed I’ve found most ready-to-wear clothes from the shops—especially jeans and pants—have the waistband end up there.
But here’s the issue: wearing your waistbands there cuts into you, pushes the upper part of your belly out, and tends to cling to the lower part of your belly. If you then tuck your top in, it’s not going to be smooth.
A new approach!
What I’ve discovered is what I think is a much better approach: place your waistband on the upper curve—so a high-waisted style—and you get rid of all those issues! No cutting in, and the pants or skirt typically lie much flatter down your front. Then, as a bonus, when you tuck in your top, nothing’s pulling or cutting-in either.
This insight, together with the fact that most plus size, large busted women are very short waisted, explains why so many Cashmerette patterns are high waisted! You’ll find the waistband on dresses like the Upton Dress, Holyoke Maxi Dress & Skirt, and Lenox Shirtdress will likely hit you at that upper curve, and I think it’s one of the invisible reasons that so many curvy sewists feel confident in our designs.
What do you think, will you be giving this fitting strategy a try?