I've already said this but your series is so thought-provoking, thank you so much. I am setting aside time this weekend to try to figure out my shape from all your info - so far I've established I'm petite (5'2") but with long legs for my height 30" inside leg (so I guess that means my top half is really compact), and a smallish frame (UK RTW size 8 - does that sound about right?). My back is smallish I think, certainly not in proportion to cup size so I get gaping at the neck on most tops. And my waist is only 8" smaller than my hips, so a bit of a rectangle. Good grief, it's no wonder clothes don't fit! :) x
Hi Jacq, once again it's a pleasure. A lot of petite's have compact bodies with slightly larger waists (more rectangular) than taller ladies. Next time you get a chance, look at the slight difference in measurements for Burda patterns Petite and Burda patterns "Normal" and you'll see what I mean. Yes, if you have long legs the rest of you is going to be short waisted and squashed up! As far as small back is concerned, I remember one lady who fitted me for a bra (back in the days when you could easily get this service - who said English have small backs and larger fronts - whether this is so or not, I can't say - but I was born in England and it's certainly true of me.
Hi Sarah, This series is so interesting, and helpful. Thanks for adding my comments to your post for today. It really is important for those of us who sew to measure ourselves. Once we get in that habit, all those scary measurements just become helpful numbers used to make us look better in our clothes. I spent YEARS feeling fat, and only until I realized that I was compact did I change my mind. There is not much space for extra fluff on this body :-)
Hi Mary, you are so right - so many of us do feel ugly and fat, and we are not - it's the wrong size, shape and style of clothes. And you are right, those of us that are compact have to be careful as there is nowhere to nicely store the extra.
Thank you so much for the post Sarah Liz.. they are so helpful.. Appreciate your time spent on them. Have a great day..
Hi Judy, thank you and a pleasure as always.