I have been encouraged by the response to Part 1 to continue my thoughts on using this most amazing fabric. If you are thinking about giving it a go, then here are a few ideas on choosing a pattern to flatter your body and give you a successful and stunning garment!
How to Choose Bouclé Pattern & Color:
It’s time to take a good long look in the mirror and then to go ‘shopping’ in your closet and answer a few pertinent questions:
What is my body type?
• am I well toned and shapely?
• am I well toned but less shapely?
• am I rounded and evenly proportioned?
• am I rounded but more prominent on top or bottom?
Do I like close fitting clothing that skims my body or a looser fit?
What clothing have I purchased in the last year that I have never worn or have returned, and what was the common feature of those garments that was not comfortable or flattering?
Do I have any body features that I would like to/or should minimize? What body features could/should I emphasize?
Is there a common theme of color in my closet?
• which color/colors bring me joy?
• which color/colors bring me compliments?
• do I like a particular color but when I wear a garment in that color no one compliments or notices me?
• which colors bring me the most compliments?
Now you are ready to begin.
Sometimes the choice of pattern will come first but, if you are like me, I usually have in mind a particular garment, e.g. dress or jacket, but I am inspired first by the fabric, both it’s color and it’s design.
You can find Bouclé in a single color. Once you have established your most flattering color then you can usually find a Bouclé fabric in that color. Your choice will be
- single color no pattern
- single color that has stripes or checks
Or you can choose Bouclé in a combination of colors. This has advantages:
- maybe there is a color you love but does not flatter and a small amount of this color in the fabric will bring you joy but not dominate the fabric
- your garment will be versatile, e.g. a jacket that can be worn with different colored pants or skirt
If you are making your first garment in Bouclé then choose:
- a pattern with simple lines and preferably not too many pieces
- a pattern without button and buttonholes or replace these with hook and eye, or zipper
- if you have difficulty fitting your bust area then choose a pattern with princess lines as these will facilitate fitting more easily