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Software to choose flattering styles

valentinesday | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’m looking for software that guides a sewer (or anyone who buys clothes) in making the best choices of clothing styles for different body types.  For example, I might enter my various measurements and the software would respond by saying “wear v-neclines, not round necks, or avoid belts at the waist,”  that sort of thing.

Look forward to hearing from anyone who knows of products like this! Thanks in advance,

Valentinesday..(yes, it’s my birthday..!)


  1. HeartFire2 | | #1

    I think you would be better off using your own judgment. What is the software based on? someone else's judgment? Also, trends change over time with the current 'fashion'. HOw much does this software cost? is it worth the investment? It sounds like a gimmick to me. Similar the the 'program' I was introduced to that told you where to put your hem lines based on a 'mathematical' formula. There is no math formula for what looks good and what you feel comfortable with.

    1. valentinesday | | #2

      Thanks for your thoughts about using my own judgement. I was remembering a book I had read years ago that suggested flattering styles based on figure type.

      I am interested in this also for a friend of mine who runs a women's clothing sale a few times a year, and thought this would be a fun 'event' for women to try out. Sort of like the Color Me Beautiful concepts that were popular ages ago..

      I don't have any idea what the software would be worth to my friend, but it could be a real asset to her business, if it was easy for customers to be measured, plug in some numbers, and then be able to compare their figure type in different styles. I remember trying out something like this with hair styles a few years ago.. the hair salon used comuter imaging to 'try on' different hair styles on a photo they took of me.

      Cheers, valentien's day

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        Becky-book | | #3

        There was an article in THREADS awhile ago about taking your own picture (in skin tight clothing) and making your own croquis from that, then using your croquis to 'try on' a pattern drawing.  I wonder if that could be made into a program of some sort???

        How a style looks on various body types is so much more than just a set of 3 circumference measures.  It could get very complicated, really quick!!


        1. valentinesday | | #4

          Hi, thanks for your comments. It (assessing which styles are flattering to differenct figure types) can indeed get complicated quickly, so maybe this won't work. It is helpful to get different points of view.

          Cheers, Valentinesday

  2. sewingkmulkey | | #5

    I totally agree with Becky-book - it's a bit complicated. 

    Several years ago I taught a class on what styles looked best on basic body types.  Most women had at least a rough idea of their body type but if they were unaware, I was able to assess their figure and place them in a body type so, in essence, I customized the classes further by giving individual evaluations of their bodies.  Then by showing clippings of dressed models from magazines I pointed out the basic lines and what they did to enhance various parts of the body.  It was such fun to open their eyes on how they could dress their best.  Now I get a real kick out of watching the TV show "What Not to Wear".  Most of the time they are right on the money but I've seen some serious mistakes IMHO.

    Vogue patterns used to show the appropriate body type (4 types) on their patterns which was quite useful.  I'm not clear if they still do this.

    So, I don't think any mechanical computer program could ever accomplish what your friend desires with real solid results - sorry!



    1. valentinesday | | #6


      Thanks for your comments.  I like the idea of cutting 'models' out of magzines and looking at Vogue patterns to see if they have recommended body types. I don't have cable TV, so haven't seen the show, but I'll try to watch it with a friend who does.



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