10 Tips to Hide or Dress the Muffin Top with Sure Fit Designs

10 Tips to Hide or Dress the Muffin Top with Sure Fit Designs

Hello everyone my name is Glenda with
Sure-Fit Designs. Sometimes I’m referred to as Glenda the Good Stitch. You know
not too long ago I got an email from a customer asking how to work with her
Dress Kit bodice and the waist fitting darts in relationship to her muffin top,
and so I answered her back and I’d like to share my answer with you in case this
might be a situation that you are dealing with. First of all what’s a
muffin top? Well, it’s a situation where you are
fuller above your waistline than what your waistline is. So when you’re
measuring yourself and you’ve put your narrow piece of elastic around your
waist like this, and now you’re taking your measurements and, of course, one of
the measurements that you’re going to be doing is your shoulder over your apex
and down to your waist elastic, well this fullness that you might have at your
mid-drift is perhaps fuller than your waistline, but you’ve got to go over top
of that and down to where you would actually want your waistline to sit
because otherwise your bodice isn’t going to be long enough to
cover up your midriff fullness and so then as you measure your waist you’ve
got one dimension and then you think to yourself, yes, but if I measure up here
over top of my little muffin top then I’m going to be bigger up here than I am
down here and how does that all work with the dart?
Well, first of all let me just say that I don’t use that term muffin top to offend.
That is what is so commonly used to refer to this extra fullness in the
midriff area and so you will hear me talking about it and again, please don’t
be offended by my use of that terminology. So what do we do with the
Dress Kit bodice when you do have this situation? Well, first of all, as we take a
look at this bodice I’ve just drawn one out very simply with, I assumed, a 40 inch
bust a 30 inch waist and a C-cup dart and as you draw your bodice you are
going to end up of course with your bust fitting dart and your waist fitting dart.
Now this waist fitting dart is simply not going to be that suitable for you
when you have more fullness above than what your waistline is, so you’re
not narrowing down like this whole pattern is doing. Well, it just means that
for the most part you’re going to disregard the dart.
However, for your initial muslin test that you sew, you have to do something
with this dart and here’s a couple of suggestions.
Number one simply take this stitching line and fold the fabric over so that
the stitching lines are now together and then stitch across this way to just hold
that dart in place but what you’ve done is created a bit of a pleat, so now your
fabric is flowing and fuller up here to accommodate for that fullness above your
waistline. Another option that you can do is draw a concave dart and I’ve actually
penciled that in, but this is what a concave dart would look like and I’ll do
this in a brighter color so that you can see it. So you’d actually be stitching
the dart in a caved or con-caved shape like this and you can see what happens
is, it’s coming in to the appropriate waist dimension, actually I missed right
there, but that’s what it would look like and then you’re adding this extra space
right here for this fullness that you have around in your midriff area. So
those are two ways to deal with the pattern, but the reality is is that you
likely won’t be wearing a truly fitted garment in your finished fashion clothes.
So what I’d like to do in this presentation is go over some style ideas
that are generally acceptable guidelines for when you do have this fuller
midriff or the muffin top. One of the things that fashion kind of
dictates is that when you wear pants, your pants should have a higher rise
rather than a lower rise and why is that? Well, the lower your rise on your pants
the more you’re going to spill out over top and so always consider wearing
higher pants and then if you want to tuck a blouse in, make sure that your
blouse has enough fullness in it so that you can pull a little bit up and let a
little blousing happen overtop of your waistline. Another consideration that you
might want to take in mind is to put on a pretty wide belt. A wider belt is going
to help to contain the fullness above your waistline. This is a new fashion
leaflet, an accessory leaflet that I’ve just designed and put up in Digital E
Goods and it is a wrap belt that’s done with Velcro and so you can make it kind
of adjustable sizing with the Velcro on the inside. It’s really a fun belt to
wear. Now let’s talk about some different tops when we look at tops and
again, what you wear of course is up to you. It’s it’s is totally your choice
how you want to wear your clothing but the generally accepted guidelines for
when you have this fullness is don’t wear clothing that is skin tight. So
we’ll take a look at some fashion tops that I found on the Internet and what
you’re going to see is that they are looser fitting, there is a little bit of
shaping at the waistline in a couple of them, one is a surplice style and the
other has a little bit of elastic shirring down at the waist, but you can
see that there’s blousing coming up over top. Another alternative is to take your
bust darts and move them into the neckline so that you’ve got beautiful
flowing fabric over top of your bustline, but the garment is longer and it’s going
to cover up any waistline situation and fullness that you’ve got there.
Now let’s take a look at what Sure-Fit Designs can do for you. And here’s an
illustration with five different tops on it that can be done
with your Sure-Fit Designs patterns and I’m going to talk about each one of them
individually, but what you will notice is that they do not have any kind of a
waist fitting dart in them. This dart just kind of like disappears. There’s
only one circumstance when I would use this dart and that’s for designing a
princess line and I will show you the actual garment that I’m talking about.
Princess lines normally come out of the waistline and go up into the shoulder
line or into the armscye and this waist fitting dart here is used as a styling
position so that we get that seam line of the princess line right underneath
your apex so you know it’s going to be most flattering on you. And I’ve got all
kinds of videos on working with designing a princess line. There’s a
whole playlist of princess line videos. Okay, so let’s take a look at some of
these individual garments. The first one is this cap sleeve top and we’ve got a
pretty little cap sleeve you got a single pleat at the top and what you’re
seeing here is a blouson style and I’ve put a little band on it as well. Now
again, as I said, this is one of those digital downloadable fashion leaflets.
And here we’ve got a real pretty princess line reversible vest and as I
said before, this design line or this dart is used for the design line only.
You do not need to shape on either side which of course, would really nip this in
at your waist. And there’s instructions in your Dress Kit instruction book that
tell you how to design and create the princess line. Another thing that you
might want to consider is something like this, a color-block top and the benefit
of this is first of all diagonal design lines are
generally very, very flattering and they take the eye away from that middle
section and actually in this case moves it upward. But interesting design lines
are always going to be a good option for you and again, you’ll notice that this is
relatively long, it’s going to hang over your waist and give you fullness in that
waistline area and yet still fit you properly in the neckline, shoulders and
sleeves. Another one that you’re going to find in Sure-Fit Designs is this Copycat
Tunic and here you’ll see that the bust fitting dart has been transferred down
into the lower side seam, but that waist fitting dart it’s just completely not
sewn. The fullness is there for it, but you just let it release and the garment
will hang nicely over top of your waistline and high hip and low hip area.
Another design that is done, this one is particularly done from the shirt kit, and
here you can see asymmetrical pleating going up into the left shoulder. Again,
the whole effect is that the eye is transported upward and so that’s where
the viewers eye goes. I do have a hip band on here but it’s long enough to go
over top of the waist and give fullness in that midriff area. Something else that
I want you to consider is your fabric choice, here I have two identical
cowl-neck blouses. This one is done out of a fabric that really clings. It’s very
very thin fabric. And this blouse is done out of a little bit heavier fabric,
so the heavier the fabric the less of course that is going to cling to your
contours. And of course, with these cowl-neck blouses they’re long enough to
go over the waist and drop down into your hip area. I’ve got a number of
different garments here that you can choose from in styles that you can
choose from, but one more that I would like to talk about is the this pretty
little dress right here and here this is an example where the bust fitting dart
has gone down into the waist fitting dart and I’ve added one inch extra in
length in the torso of the bodice and now when that elastic sits at my
waistline, you get blousing over top of the midriff area. This is actually from
the four-page fashion design sheet. It’s a really cute little dress. And of course,
the top that I’ve got on, this is the Hi-Low Hem Swing Top, kind of a
handkerchief style of hem. It’s great to wear over top of leggings or really
skinny pants and where you’ll find the directions for this one is in on page 38
of the Dress Kit instruction book. Well, that certainly gives you a lot of ideas
of how to, number one, deal with the pattern when you have a muffin top and
what kinds of fashion garments are generally acceptable in ready-to-wear in terms of helping to camouflage that
little extra roll that you might have in your midriff area.
I do hope you’ve enjoyed this information and I would invite you to
join the Sure-Fit Designs community if you haven’t already. You can do that in
three easy steps. Number one, make sure to subscribe to my
YouTube channel and underneath this video you’ll see a ‘like’ button and a
place to add comments. I love reading your comments. Number two, make sure to go
on over to surefitdesigns.com and sign up for the newsletter and you’ll find
that signup form at the bottom of almost every single page, and when you do
there’s a number of getting started gifts for you. Thirdly, we now have a
Facebook group page where people from all over the world are sharing their
project ideas, asking questions, helping one another and sharing photographs of
their finished Sure-Fit designs garments. I really do invite you to join our
community. I know you’ll fit right in.

19 Replies to “10 Tips to Hide or Dress the Muffin Top with Sure Fit Designs”

  1. Thanks for this information. I don't usually have a muffin top until I put on a pair of ready made jeans. Jeans seem to squish all my flab up and out over the top of the waistband. And you are so right, the main problem is that jeans are just cut way too low. Age is crule to the waistline.

  2. Love! Love! Love! Seeing your designs in the actual fabric! You and Sandra Betzina are my favorites to watch and learn! I would definitely subscribe for a fee! I think I've bought everything you've published!

  3. Thank you so much.   You are so aware of others issues which doing your pattern and listening to your wisdom makes us look, and feel so much better.   So on to sewing!!

  4. Thank you so much for the information. I love watching your videos. If I may make a suggestion: would you tell us how to make an undergarment reminiscent of a gurdle or spanks , which would smooth from top to crotch. The ones I find keep rolling down or do not fit right.

  5. Hi Glenda. Thank you for a great, useful video. I like how you covered the fitting element, but also showing garments with design elements for the muffin top The extra tips on fabric selection (too thin, clingy) was great too. Love the Surefit Design product and the great videos that come along with the product.

  6. I don't take offense because that's what it is lol. Thanks for the lesson. I just discovered the facebook group tonight and these videos and the products and I'm so excited because I'm not a tall, thin man. The fashion world seems to make clothing for those body types and not for the dumpy types like mine and I'm not feeling bad about it anymore.

  7. I have square hips. So the high rise pant line is probably the best solution. It's also been an issue when I have junior pants. Thankyou for all your insight!

  8. Wow you are so wonderful and make me feel as if I could do this. Thanks for your tutorials. Each time I hear you I learn a little something. I must learn to adjust patterns. I feel at times I might be too old .I feel like I am 50 but I am 70. I still love sewing .Now that I have the time,I sew all day .Buy the fabric,cut it up and discard because nothing fits. I am getting better.I refuse to quit. I have signed up for some beginner classes which I think will help me

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