The little illustration here answers Roobeedoo’s question on my last post with a much more striking impact than words ever could – how can I claim to have the measurements discussed here while still looking so thin?
Well behold: this is Lucy (with more like her old measurements, but they’re not that far off). She’s clothed this time you’ll be glad to hear, trying on Simplicity 2451.
Lucy is 6’0″; Roobeedoo is 5’3″. Convert those heights to inches, and it’s easy to see that Roo’s height = Lucy’s height x 7/8.
So let’s see what a 5’3″ version of Lucy with the same proportions would look like (standing next to the original for reference):
A 36″ bust has been multiplied by 7/8 and is now a 31.5″ bust. A 30″ waist becomes a slender 26.25″, and those 42″ monster hips become a rather more manageable 36.75″.
What would happen if we only shrunk her height but kept those ‘key measurements’ the same?
Ignoring the new person’s squashed head, we’ve got a completely different body shape!
So that, my friends, is why I have to buy many shop clothes in a size 16, and that is why woman should not measure horizontally alone. That second picture may also explain some of the issues that I’ve had stemming from my height over the years…