I am making a dress for a costume (a pokemon gijinka) and I have a lot of freedom with the design. I want to make a long dress with sleeves and I want it to be sexy. I figure might as well make a dress that is perfect for my form that emphasizes my good features, accentuating the chest and having a long slit up the thigh, and disguises my bad ones, I have large upper arms and my waist looks very flat from the front.
For the arms I am already making the dress long sleeved, but I have seen the technique of making holes on or below the shoulders to create a slimming effect.
Would this work and are there any other techniques I could use instead or as well?
I also want to create the effect of a slimmer waist from the front. I am not particularly large but I do look very flat from the front (here is an image, a bit revealing but I have trouble finding pictures of myself that aren't in costume -
, I am also about 5 lbs heavier right now than I was in that picture). Since I only look flat from the front and my waist itself is not large, I do still want this to be form fitting rather than figure-hiding like a loose dress.
However, one part of the dress design is that there will be a drape going from the hand and extending down to the hip of the dress. I have seen the technique of making holes in the sides used for slimming in swim suits (image may not be safe for work - http://www.coutureinthecity.com/wp-c.../one-piece.jpg
) but since my outfit is going to have material the same color as the dress behind it I don't know if that would work.
I also need to add a belt on the outside of the dress, where is the best place to put that?
This is also my first sewing project to learn how to use the new machine I got for Christmas. I was planning to get a pattern for a form fitting long dress, use a somewhat stretchy material, and just alter the design as needed.
Thanks for any help and suggestions!