Sew Your Kibbe: Soft Gamine

For an introduction to the Sew Your Kibbe Series, please see this post.  The posts in this series are intended to be a well researched and thorough investigation of the Kibbe style recommendations, along with several example patterns for each “level of dress.”  The posts in this series will be picture heavy and quite lengthy.  As always, you may want some tea.


In last week’s post we learned about about Kibbe’s Flamboyant Gamine, which mixes the perkiness of a Gamine with the added sharpness of a Dramatic.  This week we will look at the other Gamine subtype, Soft Gamine.  Soft Gamine is the result when you have a mix of yin and yang features, but with a bit extra yin.  Kibbe’s Soft Gamine is described as “Spitfire Chic.”  You can read more about Kibbe’s Soft Gamine here.

Body Type Characteristics

The following are Kibbe’s descriptions of a Soft GamineBody Type:


NOTE: The following information should be taken as a broad outline of what makes a Soft Gamine. It is the overall balance of a combination of opposites/extra Yin on the Yin/Yang scale (very rounded body type and features on a delicately angular frame, along with a a playful and spirited essence) that creates this Image Identity category. Therefore, slight deviation here or there is always possible and should not be worried over if it does not upset your Yin/Yang balance. 
Height: Under 5 feet 5 inches (usually very petite). 
Bone Structure: Delicate and small, yet slightly broad and angular. Angular edges, particularly through the shoulders (square or tapered) Small hands and feet (may be slightly wide or fleshy). Delicately broad facial contours (nose, cheekbones, and jawline–which may have extra bits of angularity) Arms and legs tend to be shortish (in proportion to height). 
Body type: Soft, curvy body tends toward fleshiness. Curved bustline and hips with some natural waist definition. Arms and legs tend to be soft and fleshy, particularly through the hip and thigh areas. 
Facial features: Doll-like facial features (saucer-eyes, round and fleshy cheeks, full lips) Facial shape may be very rounded, and it can have a slightly sharp or slightly strong jawline. 
Hair: Any type is possible, but texture is usually soft–silky if fine, wispy if thick and curly/wavy. 
If overweight: Body tends to get very rounded, as the weight collects mainly in the bust and hip areas. Arms and thighs may get very soft, and face tends to become quite fleshy.  It is common for Soft Gamines to feel overweight, even when they aren’t because of the extreme round shape of the body paired with the short limbs. 
A Soft Gamine will not: 

  • be tall
  • have a rail-thin or extremely straight body type 
  • have a large or broad bone structure 
  • have large hands and feet or exotic facial characteristics 
  • be symmetrical in body type, bone structure, or facial features 
  • have sharp bone structure  


The following are Kibbe’s recommendations regarding the clothing and style choices that best suit his Soft Gamine image ID.  The following recommendations will be taken into consideration for each garment type listed below:

  • SHAPE: Crisp curves with sharp edges. Rounded shapes that are smoothly formed, including bouffants. Ovals, circles, elliptical shapes, chunky swirls, teardrops, crisp clusters. 
  • Avoid: Sharp geometrics. Small, symmetrical shapes. Overly intricate, delicate shapes. Oversized bulky or chunky geometrics. 
  • LINE AND SILHOUETTE: Animated, staccato silhouette. Broken curved lines. Sharply tapered outline (especially at waist, collar, cuff). Small, bouffant lines with crisp edges. Small, draped lines with tapered edges. 
  • Avoid: Geometric silhouettes. Wide, unconstructed silhouettes. Soft and flowing silhouettes. Symmetrical silhouettes. All elongated lines. All strong horizontal lines. All smooth lines. Severe straight lines. 
  • FABRIC: Fabric should be lightweight and crisp so it can hold a defined shape that is tailored into the garment as well as be supple enough to have a slight drape and movement. Matte-finished fabric is best because it looks fresher on you, although slight sheens are fine too. Textures should be light, not heavy or bulky, and fairly crisp. Drapeable woven fabrics (jersey, cashmere, challis, etc.) can be used very effectively when there is extra construction in the garment to provide a very defined outline. Knits should be soft and fluffy (angora, mohair, boucle, etc.), although flat, clingy knits are effective when tailored into curvy shapes with rounded outlines. Metallics are excellent for evening, but should be avoided during the day. 
    Avoid: Heavyweight, thick, or bulky fabrics. Overly flimsy, sheer, and clingy fabrics. Rough, thick textures. Bulky knits. 
  • DETAIL: Detail should always be animated, lively, and energetic. An excess of detail, particularly in the area of trim, is one of the important ways you express vivacity in your appearance. Shoulders should be crisp and slightly padded. The pads should always add streamlined curves. Shoulder gathers, tucks, and shirring are excellent, as is any intricate trim or applique in this area. Necklines should be clean and crisp, preferably curved. They are best when they are either high or closed, although lower scoops and plunges are acceptable. Crisp collars are excellent and should be used profusely. They should be small and very tailored. Or shaped, with contrasting fabric, trim, color, etc., the perfect choice. Curved or rounded shapes are best. Small sharp pleats, ornate trim, applique, top-stitching, epaulets, pocket plackets, etc., are all good touches for the bodice area. Crisp cuffs with contrasting buttons, bands, trim, etc., are always chic. Waist should always be sharply defined with wasitbands, contrasting trim, applique, etc. A tapered and cinched waist is a mainstay of your look. Gathers at the waist are excellent if they are small and crisp (as opposed to deep and soft). The hemline should be tapered at the knee area. If it is long, it will then flare out gently. If it is short, it will be tuliped-shaped. Contrasting trim at the hemline is excellent. Contrasting and colorful trim is everywhere! 
  • Avoid: Minimal detail. Elongated detail. Sharply geometric detail. Wide, unconstructed detail. Overly antique detail. 
  • SEPARATES: Separates are effective when used with a very head-to-toe “ensemble approach.” Mix them together artfully, always picking up their specific theme, (whether it be color, print, or fabric) elsewhere in your outfit.  
  • COLOR: Your use of color should be bright and sparkling, with a multicolor palette of vivid, rich and intense shades played against each other or on top of either a pale or deep background. Sharp color contrast is excellent on you. Color schemes can be as wild and unusual as you dare; the more shades you use, the more sophisticated the effect! 
  • Avoid: Monochromatic color schemes (too dull and matronly on you!) Neutrals, except as accents. Dark colors that aren’t broken by vivid accents. 
  • PRINTS: You should use lots and lots of prints that are lively and animated! Bright colors, high color contrast, and outlined colors are all good choices. Shapes should be curved and intricate, but keep them crisp and animated instead of watercolor-blended. Size should be small to moderate. 
  • Avoid: Sharp geometrics. Symmetrical prints. Oversized and abstract prints. Watercolor-soft blends without a crisp outline. 
  • ACCESSORIES: Accessories should be small and crisp with a bit of intricate trim for animation. Colorful accessories are always a good choice.
    • Shoes: Lightweight and delicate with tapered toe and heel. Touches of intricate trim. Bare and strappy are good, as are open toes and sling-backs. Flats should be very feminine. Light and bright shades are excellent choices. 
    • Avoid: Extremely angular styles. Chunky styles. Plain, symmetrical shapes. 
    • Bags: Small, rounded shapes. Delicate shoulder straps. Touches of intricate trim. Metallic, antique, or beaded bags for evening. Ultraslim briefcase in very soft leather. 
    • Avoid: Oversized, unconstructed bags. Sharp, geometric shapes. Symmetrical shapes with frames. Bulky briefcases. 
    • Belts: Belts should be narrow to moderate and crisp. Contrasting colors are excellent. Buckles should be curved, swirled, or slightly intricate. Material should be very elegant leather, reptile, or exquisite fabric. 
    • Avoid: Wide, stiff belts. 
    • Hats: Should be small and crisp in rounded shapes with minimal trim (veils, feathers, etc.) Crisp caps are also good, but keep the shapes small and rounded. 
    • Avoid: Oversized hats. Unconstructed, floppy hats. Man-tailored hats. 
    • Hosiery: Hosiery should contrast with the hemline at all times, except for a very dressy evening look (when they will be very sheer and silky). General, a “light leg” is the most chic look for you, and you can either blend it with the shoe, which is very elegant, or contrast it with both the hemline and the shoe, which is most charming. An opaque stocking is best for the funky, contrast look, while a sheer stocking is better with a light leg bland. Flesh-toned stockings are best when the hemline and shoe are of matching, vibrant colors, or with bare, summertime outfits. Lacy textures and sparkly trim are fun for evening. 
    • Avoid: One long line of dark color. 
    • Jewelry: Jewelry is one of your most important accessories, for it adds the sophistication and touch of wit to your look. Shapes should be rounded and crisp, whether circles, swirls, ovals, clusters, teardrops, etc. Irregular and animated pieces are excellent as long as you keep the curves highlighted. Brightly colored pieces capture both your vivacity and your animation to perfection. Big, bright beads are always excellent. Keep earrings crisp and on the ear (or spraying up) as opposed to dangles. Wristbands and bracelets should be bangles. Unusual pins and brooches are also wonderful touches to spice up your appearance. Don’t be afraid to be a little outrageous with your jewelry; let your sense of humor show. It can be the area in which your saucy elegance comes across most clearly. 

For the individual garment types, obviously, I will be focusing on the lines of the garment, as fabric and color choices would easily be controlled by the home sewer. It’s nice that he included a long list of acceptable fabrics though!

Jackets: Jackets should be short and shapely with lots of detail and trim. They should always show the waist; they may be cropped above it or flare out into a crisp peplum. Keep them very fitted. Contrasting trim, tapered cuffs, and shoulder detail are all excellent. 

Avoid: Long jackets that hide the waist. Severely straight and tailored jackets. Unconstructed jackets. Boxy jackets. Symmetrically tailored jackets. Standard blazers.  

Coats – Level 1: It was really difficult to find coats for the Soft Gamine type; short and very shapely coats are not too common, and I was only able to find one example that could work for a casual look.

McCall’s 6442: Short and shapely.  There isn’t any trim on the examples, but I think it could be pretty easy to add trim to the collar, hem, or cuffs.  The waist is well defined and the skirt acts as a peplum.

Coats – Level 2: There are more options for Level 2 styles; fitted coats tend to have a more formal feel.

Burda 6921: View A is a nice mix of being short and shapely with the potential to be made in a coat weight; Views B and C could work as jackets. 
Burda 7130: View B is a nice option, especially with the contrasting trim on the cuffs.
BS-09-2010-101: Short and shapely with gathers to highlight the waist.
BS-05-2015-101A: Short and shapely, with lots of trim at the collar.
BS-05-2015-101B: The same style, but I think this shows how it could work in both a casual outfit and a more formal look.
BS-02-2008-117: If the cuffs were gathered/tapered this would be a perfect coat style for a Soft Gamine.
Butterick 5685: Short and shapely, again with lots of potential to add trim the collar, cuff, or hem, or to have fancy button styles.
BS-11-2014-110: Short and very shapely, with a collar that acts as a shoulder detail.
McCall’s 5759: Another excellent style that is short and very shapely.  The collar detail is excellent, as is the opportunity to use fun buttons.

Coats – Level 3: Many of the Level 2 coats would also work well for Level 3, but I did find one more style that could work for a Soft Gamine.

Burda Plus F/W 2015 #430A: Short and shapely, with a fun collar detail.

Jackets – Level 1: Soft Gamines have far more options in the jacket selection than that coat section.  Details like topstitching and more relaxed shapes work well for casual looks for Soft Gamine.

BS-02-2009-112: Short and shapely, with lots of details, including tapered cuffs and shoulder emphasis.  The belt adds a Gamine touch by breaking up the vertical line.  This print would also be great for a Soft Gamine.
BS-11-2012-117: Cropped just above the waist, with slightly tapered cuffs and a few nice details.
Burda 7182: Both views are great; View A is shapely, and View B is cropped above the waist.
BS-07-2010-118: A very fitted, cropped style with a fun peplum.
BS-08-2013-113: Very fitted, with tapered wrists.  The shoulder detail is excellent.
Burda 6799: Bomber jacket styles are great for a casual Soft Gamine look; they are fitted at the cuffs, collar, and waist, but have a softness about them.  They aren’t “shapely” but that gives them the casual feel in a way that a more fitted style can’t.
BS-04-2008-112: Another bomber style, with extremely fitted waist and cuffs, and a very detailed collar.
BS-07-2014-102: A cropped bomber style that shows the waist.
BS-05-2008-123: This cropped jacket is so cute for a Soft Gamine!  Love the button detail on the collar.
Burda Easy F/W 2017 #1C: Short and shapely with a fun peplum and fitted wrist.
BS-05-2008-119B: Cropped style with lots of detail.
BS-02-2009-102: Short and shapely, with tapered cuffs and lots of detail.
BS-01-2017-113B: Cropped and fitted.
Burda Plus S/S 2013 #435: A Burda Plus bomber option.
BS-09-2012-135: Very fitted, with shoulder detail.

Jackets – Level 2: These styles all feel slightly more formal because of the cleaner detail, more fitted shapes, and fancier fabrics.

BS-12-2018-114: Short, fitted, and shapely.  Just a hint of detail at the collar keeps it classy.
McCall’s 7513: Very fitted, with crisp peplums.  This is a perfect Soft Gamine style.
Burda 6842: Short and fitted, with waist emphasis.  The color blocking is a very Gamine detail, and the waistband could be a fun place to add trim detail.
Burda Easy F/W 2014 #1B: Short and cropped with a fun peplum.
BS-10-2005-101: Short and shapely with fun collar detail.
BS-01-2008-104: Short and shapely with a peplum detail and fitted cuff.
BS-02-2014-115: Sleeves that taper to the wrist and a crisp peplum.
BS-04-2014-126: Waist emphasis, tapered wrists, and interesting collar detail.
BS-10-2014-122A: Very fitted, with a fun peplum and collar detail.
BS-05-2015-122: Waist emphasis with a slight peplum shape.
BS-04-2018-102: Waist emphasis, short, shapely, with a peplum style and nice piping detail.
Vogue 8701: Short, shapely, with rounded collar detail.
Simplicity 1883: Short and fitted with crisp pleating detail that creates waist emphasis.
Butterick 4610: Short and shapely.  Most of these views have fun trim either on the lapels or pockets.
Burda 6570: Short with a crisp peplum shape.
Burda 7304: Short and fitted with shoulder detail and tapered wrists.
BS-11-2006-103: Another cropped style.  The slight gathers at the waist give it an almost peplum-like shape.
BS-09-2017-118: Very cropped, very fitted, very detailed.
BS-02-2018-118: Another great crisply detailed short, fitted jacket.
BS-08-2018-111A: Tapered at the cuffs, with waist emphasis.
BS-09-2018-115: Peplum, tapered wrists, and a short, fitted shape.
McCall’s 6902: Lots of options for contrasting trim here.
Burda 6616: View A is a great Burda Plus Soft Gamine option.  The length and fit are great.
BS-05-2012-138: Cropped peplum style.
BS-10-2013-137: A more formal jacket with a peplum and contrasting collar detail.
BS-05-2014-135: Fun trim and a peplum shape.

Jackets – Level 3: These would all look great with a glitzy evening dress or formal outfit.

Burda 6645: Short and fitted, with lots of fun detail.
BS-12-2009-127: Short and fitted, with fun detail.
BS-01-2012-157: Very short; essentially a way to add detail to an outfit.
Vogue 9045: Lots of fun ruffle looks.
Vogue 9045: A more subdued jacket that would be great for evening.
BS-03-2018-123: A nice Burda Plus option. 
Knipmode 01-2012-19: Too perfect to not include in the Soft Gamine discussion!
BS-03-2018-106A: Very fitted with a fun double peplum detail.
Burda 6781: Short and very fitted.
BS-03-2011-115: Short, with a peplum style, tapered wrists, contrasting trim, and shoulder detail.
BS-03-2009-124: A great way to add a cropped line to a long gown.
BS-03-2011-120: Fabulous style for a Soft Gamine; very fitted, with a perky peplum and nice collar detail.

Skirts: Skirts should be short, trim, and shapely. They should have a defined waistband, usually with small, crisp gathers. Your version of a “straight skirt” should be tulip-shaped and tapered at the knee. This hemline is even and ends mid knee or very slightly below (never longer).  Long skirts are tapered at the knee (or just below), and then flare out gently into a modified trumpet shape. If this is a very slight flare, a slit is possible. This hemline is uneven and will end mid calf.  Asymmetrical hemlines are also excellent. An evening-gown length will be short, showing the ankle. Bouffant skirts are also very exciting on your. Low or dropped flounce are elegant touches on skits. 

Avoid: Long, straight skirts. Traditional symmetrical styles (A-lines). Wide, unconstructed styles. Voluminously full, circle skirts. Sharp pleated skirts. 

Level 1: I think it is a bit easier to envision these recommendations in a fancier look, but there are plenty of ways for a Soft Gamine to wear a casual skirt look.

BS-08-2010-132: An exiting “bouffant” skirt that is short and tapered to the knee.
BS-09-2010-104: Another bouffant style.
BS-05-2007-105: A modified trumped style.
BS-06-2007-119: A soft skirt that tapers just slightly at the knee.
BS-07-2007-112B: Another fun bouffant style.
BS-08-2008-117: So many bouffants!  With small gartheres at the waist.
BS-06-2010-112: Tulip shape with a taper at the knee and a hint of detail that makes this look feel quite casual.
BS-04-2015-127: Defined waistband with small, crisp gathers.
Burda 6769: Short tulip shape.
BS-06-2007-128: Tulip shape with very crisp pleats.
BS-04-2008-108A: Small, crisp gatheres at the waist.  The shape is a bit wide, which makes this feel casual.
BS-10-2008-103A: Another style with crisp gathers at the waist.
BS-05-2009-116A: Crisp gathers and a tulip shape.
BS-04-2010-111B: Another tulip with crisp gathers and a short length.

Level 2: More formal styles have a bit softer details, though the same silhouettes. 

BS-05-2006-116A: Short and shapely with an exciting bouffant.
Burda Classic 2013 #0003: Gentle modified trumpet shape.
Burda Easy S/S 2014 #4C: Tulip shape, with a defined waistband and lots of soft gathers.  The softness can make this feel more casual, so it could also work for a Level 1.
BS-09-2004-104B: Another softly modified trumpet shape.
Vogue 9172: Tulip shape with a slight gather at the waistband.
Simplicity 2451: Tulips and modified trumpets; the waistband with crisp gathers and the waistband details are all great for a Soft Gamine.
Simplicity 1465: I think the style with the peplum would work nicely for a slightly dressed up Soft Gamine look.
Simplicity 1322: Tulip shape that tapers at the knee.  I think a Soft Gamine can pull off slightly edgy looks because of the sharpness that comes from the mix of yin and yang in the underlying Gamine style.
BS-09-2007-116B: Tulip with gathers at the waistband.
BS-02-2008-102A: Another smooth tuplip shape that tapers at the knee.
BS-03-2008-114: Detailing on the waistband and at the hem is nice.
BS-01-2009-105: Short, trim, and shapely.  It would be difficult to imagine this skirt working for any type other than one of the Gamines.
BS-01-2010-116: Interesting waistband detail adds to the broken Gamine lines.
BS-08-2010-118: Perfect Soft Gamine skirt: short and trim, shapely with a tulip that tapers at the knee, and a defined waistband with crisp gathers.  Part of the ultimate Soft Gamine look.
BS-11-2013-123: The pleats create the tulip shape for this skirt.
BS-08-2006-132A: A modified trumpet in the Burda Plus size ranges.
BS-10-2013-138: Another excellent option, with slight gathering at the waistband.
BS-08-2014-140: The draped detail add interest to this skirt.
BS-12-2014-138B: Color blocking adds a touch of Gamine interest to this otherwise simple skirt.
BS-08-2016-130: Excellent use of crisp gathers at the waist to create interest and shaping.

Level 3: For level 3 I focused on finding longer styles that could work as part of an evening look.

Butterick 5858: Longer skirt that tapers at the knee and flares out to a modified trumpet and ends just below mid-calf.
BS-08-2000-114: Evening gown length that is short and shows the ankle.  A low, dropped flounce adds and elegant touch.
BS-04-2002-135: The added flounces work for an evening look; they would be too much for a casual day style.
BS-12-2002-117: Above the ankle evening style with dropped trim.
BS-06-2003-112: A Soft Gamine would likely need a different blouse and/or jacket combo, but I think this could be a fun “evening gown length” style.
BS-02-2004-119B: A simpler evening gown style that is slightly above the ankle.  Kibbe also approves of an uneven hemline.  Again, a Soft Gamine would have to style it very differently than pictured here.
BS-11-2004-114: Tight, crisp ruffles on this shortened, tea-length skirt.
BS-12-2005-109A: Cropped evening style.
BS-09-2009-132: An exciting evening bouffant!
BS-07-2010-125: Elegant modified trumpet dropped flounce style.
BS-11-2010-113A: The interesting pleat detail creates the tulip shape on this skirt.
BS-11-2008-110A: Modified trumpet style.
BS-05-2009-116: The bow adds a fun perky Soft Gamine detail.
BS-06-2009-125: A defined waistband with crisp gathers.
BS-03-2014-117A: I think this looks elegant as part of an evening suit.
BS-06-2006-134: Modified trumpet in the Burda Plus sizes.
BS-09-2010-112A: A very fun bouffant/tulip shape with extreme gathering detail.

Pants: Pants should be very shapely, showcasing the ankle. Cropped styles are excellent, as are skin-tight styles, such as toreadors for fun. 

Avoid: Man-tailored styles. Wide, unconstructed styles. Traditional, symmetrically tailored slacks.  

Level 1: Lots of fitted capri and skinny jeans styles work for the Soft Gamine.

Burda 6811: Cropped and skintight.
BS-06-2006-127: Another cropped, skintight style, with fun details.
BS-03-2018-111B: Showcasing the ankle, with fun waist details.
BS-02-2005-120: Possibly a touch too long, but I think the hem detail definitely showcases the ankle area.
Burda 6770: Cropped, but more relaxed.  Definitely good for a really casual/lazy day look.
Burda 7863: Skinny jeans are perfect for a Soft Gamine.
BS-09-2012-145: Skin tight, and ending just above the ankle.
BS-06-2014-136: A more relaxed option from the Burda Plus line.
Butterick 6461: Very fitted and cropped.  This style really could work at any level of dress depending on the fabric and on how the rest of the outfit looks.

Level 2: We get some more traditional tailoring, a few less skin-tight styles, and some more fun details.

Burda 7463: Toreador style?  Sort of?
Burda Easy F/W 2017 #6C: Cropped to showcase the ankle.  A Soft Gamine will look fantastic with this slight ruffle detail.
BS-09-2008-112: Very tight and cropped.  This could look very classy in a nice wool suiting, or more daring as shown in the leather.
BS-11-2009-111A: Cropped, with crisp gathers at the waist, just as we saw in the skirt recommendations.
BS-01-2010-106C: The extra hip poof make these trousers very shapely.
BS-05-2011-124: I think these are pretty shapely too.
BS-09-2012-110A: Tight and cropped, with ankle emphasis.
BS-08-2016-110: This style could look really casual with a simple blouse, or more formal with a jacket.
BS-09-2018-106A: Skin tight and cropped.
BS-10-2018-102A: I think this is great for seeing how to style this sort of pant with a suit.
Vogue 1517: And for party nights one of the more casul jacket options would make a cute outfit.
Burda 6665: Shapely and showing the ankle.
Vogue 1411: Cropped just above the ankle; a perfect length.  This pattern also has lots of interesting seam details which would work nicely for a Soft Gamine.  This style also isn’t super skin-tight, which is nice if you like a more relaxed fit but also want to stick with Kibbe’s recommendations. 
Burda 6816: A tight style in the Burda Plus sizes.  Both lengths would work for a Soft Gamine.
BS-08-2011-136: Toreador inspired shape. 
BS-10-2013-140: Probably about as long as a Soft Gamine would want to go; the seam lines offer intersting opportunities to mix fabrics too.
BS-10-2013-140: A less skin-tight style that is a great length for a Soft Gamine. 
Burda 6985: Excellent example of how to incorporate cropped styles in a business suit.
BS-06-2011-123: Shapely and cropped. 
BS-02-2012-103: A more relaxed cropped style.
BS-02-2013-119: Short and shapely, with with some different waistband details than we’ve seen on other patterns.
BS-08-2016-111: Very shapely cropped trouser.
BS-12-2017-101B: The hem ruffle is a fun detail that works well for a Soft Gamine.
BS-12-2017-106B: This is great for a less formal work look. 
Vogue 9284: A more subdued fitted, cropped trouser. This pattern also has interesting seam line details that work well for Gamine types.

Level 3: I think it is pretty easy for Soft Gamines to incorporate trousers into evening looks if they pick fancy fabrics.

Butterick 5995: Basic close fit style, wbut in a very rich looking fabric.
McCall’s 7366: I think this could work as is for a Soft Gamine, but I think it would be better if the top and trousers were made in different fabrics, or possibly even with  a contrasting waistband?  This would be such a cute evening look on a Soft Gamine!
BS-04-2009-129: A similar style, but here we do see a fabric contrast between the top and bottom halfs. 
Simplicity 1115: I think View C (far right) would be a fun Soft Gamine part look, especially paired with a cute cropped jacket.
BS-12-2018-102A: This new pattern from Burda Style is perfect for a Soft Gamine holiday party look.

Blouses: Blouses should be soft and draped, but ultrafitted at the neck and cuff, with bodice detail. You may go for very crisp touches of ruffles or lace, which will be very chic, or you may opt for a streamlined look, with animated outlining. Silky blouses are best, although sheer cottons, voiles, batiste, and handkerchief linen may also be used. 

Avoid: Severely tailored blouses. Unconstructed blouses. 

Level 1: I think it can be a bit tricky to make blouses that are “ultrafitted” anywhere look casual, so I think fabric choice and styling will be key to Level 1 blouse looks.

BS-04-2008-114: Very fit at the neck and cuffs, but with a touch of ruffles.  Despite being in charmeuse, I would call them fairly crisp, and Kibbe is all about silky blouses for Soft Gamines. 
BS-06-2011-124: Soft and draped, but with lots of fitting at the cuffs and waist.  I think the open neckline gives the impression of it being “ultrafitted” because you can see the shape of the neck.  This could be a good way for a Soft Gamine to still have Gamine vibes but not be fully buttoned up when it’s still warm out.
BS-03-2013-137: A Soft Gamine “plain white tee.” Lots of detail, but still quite fitted at the neckline.  The touch of ruffles and lace are quite crisp.
BS-02-2007-109A: Fitted at the edges, with just a hint of ruffle.
BS-05-2007-120: Another style that is fit at the cuffs and utilizes small lace detail.
BS-01-2008-125A: This could be fun for a Soft Gamine fall look.
BS-09-2009-120: A year later Burda gave us a similar design, but with even more detail! 
BS-03-2010-124: A hint of softness from the gathers, but overall a nice mix of hard and soft elements here. 
BS-08-2012-128: The ruffle at the cuff and the slightly blouson waist make this top feel pretty casual in comparison to other Soft Gamine options. 
Burda Easy S/S 2015 #2B: This could be casual in a funky print or more formal.  This is definitely in the more streamlined category of Soft Gamine recommendations. 
BS-02-2009-125: Just a hint of softness with the sleeve puffs, but overall fairly streamlined and tailored. 
Butterick 5525: The red or green views could be a fun option for a knit top. 
BS-08-2007-105A: Another great knit style that is both fitted and streamlined. 
BS-08-2015-115A: Similar to an above style, but possibly better because of the more defined cuffs.  Burda definitely brings styles back around.
BS-09-2011-138B: And you thought you’d never use the dirndl features in Burda. Pft.
BS-09-2011-138C: This blouse would be so cute for a Soft Gamine summer look!

Level 2: As always, Level 2 looks often work better as part of a work ensemble or more formal style, though fabric choice and styling are very important for this impression in Soft Gamine outfits. 

Butterick 6487: Views D and C would be really cute for a Soft Gamine look.  Kibbe really likes silky blouses with fit at the neck and cuffs for Soft Gamines, so this is a really perfect pattern.  It would look great with a lot of the Soft Gamine skirt options too.  
Burda 7126: View C has very fit wrists, and shows how sheers can work well for a Soft Gamine. 
BS-10-2007-118B: Very fit at the cuffs and collar, with a few crisp gathers.  I think the belt is also a great accessory for Soft Gamines, as they need a bit of waist emphasis due to the Romantic influence. 
BS-08-2008-103: I would call his streamlined with animated outlining.  
BS-08-2009-1118: A chic use of ruffles. 
BS-10-2011-114: A more relaxed option, but with fitting detail at the collar and cuffs.
BS-08-2012-114: Since Kibbe liked peplums for jackets I expect they would also work well for tops.  The lace collar detail is excellent for a Soft Gamine. 
BS-11-2013-103B: Very fitted at the collar and cuffs.  It would look best tucked in as pictured. 
BS-09-2018-112: Another silky blouse option.  The wrist detail is fun and works well with the current sleeve trends. 
Butterick 5284: Ultrafitted at the collar and cuffs; with options to be more streamlined (on the right) or add chic ruffles (left).
Burda Vintage 2015 “Keith” Blouse: If you happen to have the 2015 Burda Vintage magazine, this blouse is a perfect Soft Gamine style with the crisp ruffles. 
BS-10-2005-112: Cute ruffle at the neckline.
BS-10-2006-106B: Silky blouse with fit at the collar and cuffs.
BS-12-2006-104: Perky ruffle detail.
BS-12-2006-111A: Crisp, chic ruffle details.
BS-07-2010-121: Fitted in the right sport, which crisp ruffles, but still a feeling of relaxed, streamlined style. 
BS-07-2010-129: Slightly bloussy tops work well as long as the collar and cuffs are fitted, with the waist tucked in. 
BS-01-2011-107: A streamlined look that could work well in a nice cotton voile, batiste, or linen.
BS-09-2012-112: Silky blouse with very fitted collar and cuffs and just a hint of soft gathering detail.
BS-02-2016-107: Perky ruffle detail at the collar. 
McCall’s 5522: Very fitted at the collar and cuffs, with options to be more streamlined or adding ruffle trim.
BC-2005-08-115: The bow adds a touch of softness, but the pleats add a streamlined feel.  All Gamine types do well when mixing soft and angular elements in a look.
BS-01-2008-108: Very animated outlineing on this blouse.
BS-09-2012-118: Very streamlined look with fitted collar and cuffs; ultra chic.
BS-12-2014-114A: A fun style that can be made in knit fabrics. 
McCall’s 7053: Silky blouse option.
Vogue 5898: The fit at the collars and cuffs are good, but I think the use of the lace trim is also a great idea for Soft Gamines.
Burda Plus F/W 2013 #429: Fit at the collar and cuffs.  I think using lace fabric adds soft detail while keeping the overall look very streamlined.
BS-05-2012-135: Fit at the cuffs with a soft pleating detail.
BS-08-2016-133: Soft, silky blouse.
BS-12-2018-115: This new BurdaStyle pattern has fit at the collar and cuffs, but feels lsightly more relaxed than many of the styles presented.  This could be a nice way for a Soft Gamine to have a more modern feel in a more formal blouse. 

Level 3: Fancier styles either have more extreme detailing or more austere streamlined shapes, and would work well as part of an overall evening look.

BS-11-2010-109: I think this top is evocative of 1920s styles, which work well for Gamines.  The fitted cuffs are important to define the shape, and the bow is a nice detail.
BS-08-2013-104: The ultra-ruffly collar is also ultrafitted, and the sheer fabric is very much in line with Kibbe’s recommendations. 
BS-02-2013-132: Fit a the collar and cuffs, with nice use of contrast trim and just a hint of ruffle for a chic detail.  The sheer fabric is also excellent for evening.
BS-01-2008-125: Th think the detail on the sleeves could be part of a fun evening look.
Kwik Sew 3668: View A has a nice use of ruffles, and very fitted cuffs.  
Simplicity 8386: View A would look fantastic as part of a Soft Gamine evening look, especially if you wanted something more modern and less stereotypical Soft Gamine.  It would be fantastic under a jacket and paired with a tight cropped trouser.

Sweaters: These should be very fitted at the waist and cuff areas with small and crisp collar additions excellent. Ribbed trim and intricate detail (such as applique, beading, sparkles, jewels, etc.) are very sophisticated, as are extremely animated patterns when kept small and swirling or crisp and curvy. Sweaters are best when they are fluffy or have a deep pile (angora, boucle, etc.). Skinny knits must be very shaped into blouson styles that are ultra-fitted at the neck, waist, cuff, and shoulder areas. 

Avoid: Long oversized sweaters. Rough, bulky knits. Standard symmetrical styles (i.e., cardigans). Clingy knits. 

Level 1: The Level 1 styles are a bit boxier and a bit too symmetric, but I think they have nice options for adding Soft Gamine sass.

BS-10-2004-124: The overall silhouette is a bit plain, but the ribbed knit trim and possiblity to use a fun print make this work for a Soft Gamine.
My Image 2013 M1357: Fitted at the waist and cuffs.  Skinny knit in a blouson style.  The softer neckline makes this feel more casual.
Simplicity 1072: Color blocking is great for Gamines.  The shape is not quite “ultrafitted” enough, but it isn’t bad for a casual look. 
Burda Easy F/W 2014 #2C: Very fit at the hem and cuffs, with a fun seam detail to add Soft Gamine personality.
BS-08-2013-128: Cropped blouson style.
BS-08-2013-127: The same pattern, but with color blocking.  I think these sorts of sweaters are perfect pieces to add the animated details a Gamine type needs. 

Level 2: This level has styles that are a bit more fitted and work with a more formal outfit.

McCall’s 6245: Lots of cute Soft Gamine options in this one pattern.  View C is really excellent.
McCall’s 6844: Very fit at the waist and cuffs; the peplum is a nice Soft Gamine detail in jackets and sweaters.
Vogue 9026: Opportunity for color blocking in this sweater.

Level 3: Not a lot of optins, but I think Soft Gamines can more easily incorporate sweater cover ups than other style IDs that have more yang influence.

Vogue 9016: So perfect for a formal Soft Gamine look!  It would be adorable over a nice tea length dress with a closely fit bodice top.

Dresses: Dresses should be very shaped at the waist with crisp necklines, cuffs, and intricate or animated detail. Flounces added to skirts are very sophisticated if used sparingly. Sharp shoulder definition is important, and gathers, shirring, etc., are excellent. Skirts may be tapered or flared but should not be voluminous. Bouffant dresses are extremely chic and sexy on you. Asymmetrical hemlines and tea-length gowns are also extremely striking on you, as are all blouson styles with extra tapering. 

Avoid: Severe, tailored dresses. Wide, unconstructed dresses. Symmetrical styles (shirtwaists). “No waist” styles. Overly clingy styles. 

Level 1: The styles for Level 1 have a lot of the Soft Gamine details, but would work better in a more casual fabric choice. 

Butteirck 5599: Very shaped at the waist, bouffant style, and nice potential for contrast detail.
Butterick 6164: Sharp shoulders and crisp neckline, slightly flared, but not voluminous.
BS-06-2006-116A: Sharp definition and interesting detail at the neckline, again with a slight but not voluminous flare. 
BS-03-2007-109: Similar shaping as with many of the blouses at the neck and cuffs; with a flounce at the skirt.
BS-10-2007-105A: Clean neckline with sharp shoulder shape.  The belt adds waist definition. 
BS-03-2008-115: Intricate detail near the collar, but still fitted at the cuffs.  The shape is narrow and both tapered to the knee and slightly flared at the hem. 
BS-04-2017-120: Shaped at the waist and very animated detail at the collars and cuffs.
BS-03-2018-113: Bust detail with a slighlty flared skirt. 
BS-09-2009-116: The small ruffles here add a bit of detail to the collar and skirt.
BS-05-2009-120: A more streamlined style that has nicely fitted cuffs. 
BS-08-2015-123: The fit is more relaxed, which can be nice if you want a casual style, and the contrast collar and cuffs adds just enough Soft Gamine detail to this pattern.
Burda Easy F/W 2018 #3B: Using different fabric for the bodice and skirt of a dress can be a fun way to add Gamine style without having to add a lot of intricate detail in a sewing project.  Detail can be added through accessories, as is done in the model photo. 
BS-11-2017-118: Fitted at the waist, with clean lines at the neck and cuffs.
BS-12-2009-139: Burda Plus dress that has waist emphasis, and sparingly using ruffles at the neck and cuffs.
BS-07-2014-127: The contrasted waist and trim detail add some nice detail, and a bold print can help make this dress feel Soft Gamine.  This could be good as a summer option when other styles feel too hot or restricting.
BS-03-2017-123A: Dresses that utilize a “top and bottom” look always work for Gamines.  This dress has a narrow skirt and fitted waist and cuff detail.
Burda Easy S/S 2014 #2D: Slight flare to the skirt, but not voluminous.  The bodice is also closely fitted, and the buttons and shirring give the whole dress a very Soft Gamine vibe.

Level 2: These styles have slightly cleaner lines, or would coordinate better with some of the jackets for a work or an event where you woud want to be slightly dressed up.

BS-02-2007-126: The ruffles are very subtle on this dress; it does add a touch of sophistication, and it would look fantastic when paired with the (mostly off camera) jacket.
BS-08-2012-107: Lots of intricate gathers as detail, waist definition, and a nicely gathered cuff for a hint of softness. 
BS-04-2018-112: Waist definition and lots of animated detail.  The flounce at the neck is very perky, and the gathers at the waist are excellent.  The geometric pockets and triangular neck yoke add a pop of Gamine sharpness.
Butterick 6244: A more subdued style that fits with the general silhouette guidelines.  Perfect to use as a coordinating piece for under a jacket or to highlight more perky accessories.
Burda 6594: The skirt could be a tad too voluminous, but I think as part of a fun party look this totally works for a Soft Gamine.  The waist is well defined, but the body is also broken up into interesting sections. 
Burda 7127: View A has a slim skirt, waist definition, and emphasis at the shoulders, with tapered sleeves.  View B might work if the skirt were trimmed a bit.
BS-12-2012-133: I love the idea of using separate collar pieces to create more or less detail on otherwise simple dresses.  You could have a plain collar and a lace collar or a beaded collar and switch them out to make a single dress feel more or less fancy.
Vogue 1317: Shaped at the waist, with a softly flared skirt.  Soft Gamine is often shown with sweet details like collars and lace trim, but I thin it is possible for a Soft Gamine to have a sleeker, more modern aesthetic as well.
BS-09-2017-120: Fitted at the waist, with a slightly bouffant skirt.  The neckline shape creates a sharpness at the shoulder.
BS-02-2007-122: Fitted at the waist, with crisp cuffs.
BS-10-2008-117: A bouffant style.  The belt adds waist definition and a break to the vertical line that might otherwise be missing.
BS-12-2008-130: I really like the idea of mixing fabrics in a dress for a Soft Gamine, and this dress has nice shaping, with a tapered skirt.
BS-12-2013-124B: The button detail adds a sharpness to the shoulders, and the cuffs are quite crisp and well defined. 
BS-09-2014-111: Tea length dress with crisp collar and cuff details.
McCall’s 6163: The teal style is a great way to add Soft Gamine detail to a knit dress. 
Vogue 9148: Soft tulip/bouffant style to this skirt, but the overall look is not too wild to wear to an office, especially in a more subdued color/fabric. 
Vogue 8825: Another great knit option with waist and cuff emphasis.
Burda Plus S/S 2013 #422: Lots of cute detail in this Burda Plus dress, waist emphasis, and crisp collar and cuff shapes.
BS-12-2009-140: Waist emphasis and cuff fit, but in a more relaxed style.
BS-05-2012-137: Crisp, detailed style with a tapered skirt.
BS-03-2014-134: Waist emphasis, tapered sleeves, and tapered skirt.  The pin on the model is the sort of classy accessory a Soft Gamine can add to more formal dresses.
BS-03-2014-133: Peplum adds waist emphasis, and the softly gathered sleeves end in a clean cuff.
BS-08-2014-142: Asymmetrical hemline options with very crisp collar and cuff details.
BS-03-2016-139B: Waist definition and an interesting use of sheer fabrics.
BS-01-2018-126: Lots of Soft Gamine elements on this Burda Plus dress.
Butterick 6316: A more simple, streamlined style, with just a hint of contrast to create sharp shoulders.
BS-11-2007-106: Love the use of the tiny ruffles here – it does add a sense of sophistication to the look.
BS-05-2009-125: Very fitted with a subdued skirt flounce and lots of crisp details and piping contrast. 
BS-01-2011-104: Clean shoulders, but an overall softness that contrasts with sharp cuffs with a defined waist. 

Level 3: Level 3 styles focus a bit more on the “exception” styles – bouffant dresses and tea length gowns.

BS-07-2011-126: Chic bouffant style.
BS-08-2012-123: Blouson style with extra tapering on the skirt.
BS-04-2018=107: The presentation in the intricate lace make this dress feel like a Level 3 style, even though the pattern itself reads as a Level 1 dress. 
Simplicity 1755: The sleeved version is great for a Level 2 look, but View A (in the lace) would be stunning for a Level 3 dress.  Making it tea length would be fantastic. 
BS-08-2013-105: Tea length blouson style with lots of intricate detail framing the face. 
BS-09-2013-112: A tea length dress with a fitted waist.  The skirt is tapered but has a gentle flare at the hem for added sophistication.  On another style ID I think this could read as dowdy, but on a Soft Gamine I think it comes off as quite elegant. 
BS-08-2010-116: Bouffant style with very fitted waist.  So chic!
BS-03-2011-102: Both of these dresses work for the Soft Gamine; the white dress is tea length with very sharply defined shoulders.  The pink dress is a bouffant style with a well defined waist and a clean neckline. 
BS-07-2011-140: The peplum adds interesting waist emphasis.  Also, the mix of soft and sharp lines is great to emphasize the inherent contrast present in all Gamine types. 
BS-03-2017-107: Waist emphasis with a sharp neckline.
McCall’s 7281: Waist emphasis.  I think this dress could be stunning on a Soft Gamine if it was extended to tea length. 
Vogue 1545: A slimmer style that uses a skirt flounce to add softness.  The shoulder line is quite sharp.

BS-11-2015-101C: A great tea length dress option; the skirt is softly flared, but not too voluminous. 
Simplicity 1149: Vintage styles are great for finding tea length gowns with well defined waists and interesting, perky details.
Burda 6390: This Burda Plus dress has waist emphasis and interesting shoulder detail.
BS-08-2014-141: Asymmetric hem with a slight flounce on the skirt.  In a different fabric this could be a really stunning evening look (I’m imagining beaded fabrics and lots of sparkles).

Evening Wear: Fitted shapes with crisply ornate trim. Smooth fabric with glitzy trim. Beading, sparkles, bows, netting and playfully sexy accessories. Bouffant ball gowns. Pouffy cocktail dresses with crisp flounces (taffeta skirts, crinoline, etc.). Evening knit dresses (flat knits with glitzy trim). Bustier dresses. Fitted dinner suits with flounces (peplums, ornate jackets, etc.). Draped evening pants with glitzy tops or fitted jackets.  

Soft Gamines have a really wide variety of formal options available to them.  Some of these styles were in Level 3, but I think there are lots of other fun options here.

BS-04-2005-125: So perfect for a Soft Gamine!  It would be a fantastic wedding dress, but in any other color it would be a super cute formal dress.  Love the use of the lace in the bodice. 
BS-03-2006-125: Bustier dress with a bouffant, playful skirt. 
BS-04-2009-127: Pouffy ball gown with fitted bodice. 
BS-11-2009-109: Bouffant style with ornate trim. 
BS-03-2013-115: Fitted bodice style dress with a pouffy ballgown skirt. 
Vogue 1534: Beading and sparkles, with a fairly fitted shape and clean neckline. 
Vogue 1426: Fitted bustier evening style with crisply ornate ruffle trim. 
Vogue 1094: Pouffy cocktail dresses and evening gowns. 
Butterick 6412: Pouffy cocktail dress with fitted bodice. 
Butterick 6582: Fitted shape with ornate trim and a pouffy cocktail dress option. 
Burda 6939: Bustier dress with crisply ornate trim.
BS-03-2011-101A: Pouffy bustier dress. 
McCall’s 5001: Pouffy tea length gowns with fun details. 
McCall’s 7083: Pouffy cocktail dress with crisp flounces. 
Vogue 8789: Vintage styles are so fun and this one allows for the use of fun printed fabrics. 
Simplicity 1155: Bustier dress with crisp trim. 
Burda 6710: Bustier dress with a bouffant skirt. This could easily be shortened to tea length for a more fun/flirty style. 

Another style ID down! I hope that after last week the difference between Soft Gamine and Flamboyant Gamine is more clear, and why each is a separate category from the pure Gamine.  I think the most important differentiation is that the Soft Gamine needs waist definition, whereas Flamboyant Gamines do a bit better without it.  In some sense Soft Gamine is actually a bit closer to a cross between Soft Classic and Romantic; there needs to be a certain cleanliness to the edges, but also way more detail than a Soft Classic could handle (from the Romantic influence).  However, the silhouettes that a Soft Gamine can wear are far more varied than those we see with the Romantic types.   The overlap with Romantics shows up a bit more in the evening dresses and fancy gowns; I see more Soft Classic influence is simpler day looks. Of course, Soft Gamine is clearly distinct form both of those categories, and the main recommendations of cropped styles and precise fit comes from the main Gamine category itself, but I think there is actually more commonality with these separate IDs than with the Flamboyant Gamine style ID, which is all about boxy, oversized shapes and straighter silhouettes.  I think the disparity between subtypes is probably the strongest in the Gamine category; we certainly didn’t see as drastic a difference between Dramatic Classic and Soft Classic. I think we will see this same disparity to an extent in the Natural subtypes (the only two IDs we have left!), but not quite to the extent we saw it in the Gamine style IDs. 

If Flamboyant Gamines are stereotyped as having a wild, fun, “mod” look, then I think Soft Gamines often have the same difficulty, but with being perceived as having a “cute little girl” or “manic pixie dream girl” look.  It’s probably hard to overcome this because the Soft Gamine stature is supposed to be pretty visibly petite, and so many styles with cuff and collar detail have a “school girl uniform” feel.  I hope I pulled a few options that show this doesn’t have to be the case, though I must admit it was easier to stick to the recommendations when I did use patterns with these design features.  As with all of the Gamine style IDs, I don’t think I had a lot of great non-Burda examples because this is very much not my personal style, but I do think I still had plenty of different patterns to illustrate the design features Kibbe recommends.

And, since I seem to be adding personal notes to all of the subtype posts, I guess I have to say that, while I could see myself wearing some of these styles more easily than I could the Flamboyant Gamine designs I pulled, the whole Gamine aesthetic is just not my personal style.  Which is ok.  I can appreciate it in an intellectual way, but I don’t have to make myself try to wear it.  And, I must admit, I do think that Gamines style IDs can create wardrobes that are both cohesive and interesting with a wider variety of pieces than perhaps a Classic or Romantic type could.  When I look at the post as a whole, I see a lot of things that would look so good when worn together as part of an outfit.  And I see a lot of styles that could mix and match in unusual ways to create really cool, cute Soft Gamine looks.  The mix-n-match ability of the Soft Gamine recommendations is really fantastic and I think there are so many ways they could be used to create a really unique personal style. 

Coming Next Week: We’ve finally made it to our last set of subtypes, the two subtypes for Natural!  Naturals are known for soft, unconstructed shapes, but the rules get tweaked a bit when you add extra yin or yang influences to the base type.  We’ll start off by seeing what happens when we add a touch of the Dramatic to Kibbe’s Natural when we take a look at Kibbe’s Flamboyant Natural!

18 thoughts on “Sew Your Kibbe: Soft Gamine

  1. This is another big eye opener for me. So many pretty things I’ve just skimmed over in past issues. I can definitely see what you’re saying about gamines esp. soft gamines feeling that they’re perceived as having a little girl look. I felt many of these styles were beautifully delicate and sweet, which on a petite person might read as girlish or might not. It always surprises me when I see a gamine wearing gamine clothes vs. a Natural or Dramatic wearing same. As a DC I would look like a cartoon if I tried to wear many of these.

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  2. Thank you for this in depth look at the different style types. I love that you have paired patterns with the recommendations. I think this may be my style type. As I have aged (and gotten out of shape) I have lost my tiny waist although I do still have waist definition. I am simply too small to wear dramatic or natural type styles–I look like a little kid playing dress up with mommy’s clothes. And I feel totally silly in ruffles.

    It is quite an undertaking to examine Kibbe types that are so far from your own with such care and attention to details when you won’t be wearing these styles. Thank you for putting in all this effort.

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  3. Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this. Last week I was leaning towards flamboyant gamine as my style ID and this has pretty much solidified it for me. I am so not into the ruffles and frou-frou of the soft gamine–it’s just way too girly for my taste. it is really interesting how different flamboyant and soft gamines are.

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  4. I really love the patterns you picked. It’s great to see the details shown in different styles than just oeyer pan collars. I’ve worn so many of these styles over the years. I practically lived in Gunne Saxe and Laura Ashley which seems very soft gamine in high school. I didn’t seriously ever consider soft gamine before partly because I don’t wear sleeveless or skirts above the knee and my coloring is soft summer coloring, but I feel at home in lots of detail, ruffles and edwardian blouses like some you showed. My fave celebrity that I identify with is Debbie Reynolds and I love doing theater and performing. My favorite roles having been Millie in Seven Brides and doing Mother Ginger. So maybe strong possibility. I love understanding how the short IDs need fit at the wrist, waist, neckline, knee. Explains why I feel like I’m drowning in all the lovely oversized stuff. Bracelet and 3/4 length sleeves are favorites. I really like soft natural( too drapey) soft dramatic( so oversized I need to scale it back), soft classic ( but feels too plain and I am not close to being symmetrical), romantic is probably my secret favorite* Oh, the ruffles!, but I am NOT sexy looking! I tend to look cute or feminine. (tried sexy faces in the mirror and it looked like drag 😉 Not a good look! I can totally do cute, quirky, mischievous and dreamy. LOL. ) soooo? Sorry for the ramble. Love your series & all the work you’ve done.

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    1. “Oh, the ruffles!, but I am NOT sexy looking! I tend to look cute or feminine. (tried sexy faces in the mirror and it looked like drag  Not a good look! I can totally do cute, quirky, mischievous and dreamy. LOL. )”

      I relate to this so much! 🙂 I actually thought I was a Romantic first, but I have a baby face and I’m rather angular. Sometimes I feel I’m not as womanly as my peers as a 21 year old because I can’t be typically sexy, despite being curvy. However, since coming across Kibbe I’m becoming more confident in my looks.

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      1. That’s awesome! I think one of the best things about this system is that once you find and embrace something that works for you, you really stop worrying about all the things you aren’t. It doesn’t matter once you feel more confident because you are happy with yourself.

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  5. Thanks for these great posts! I’ve just read through all of them, and seeing the different styles is an eye-opener. I’m all about dresses, so I only compared the dresses for each type and wow! Patterns (not sewing, but conceptual) are easy to identify when the themes are all side-by-side.

    I’ve recently discovered Kibbe, and I’m pretty sure I’m a soft natural (like, 99%). I did get the most out of your natural post (waiting for SN!). I have worn styles for every Kibbe ID and the natural styles survive my regular closet purges. I’m definitely not a gamine, though I’ve worn gamine styles a lot and it’s the go-to style rec for women in their 20s (because all girls up to 30 are spritely, but age in classics xD). We’re also influenced by those around us: my mom loved me in super dramatic clothes, and men loved me in super romantic clothes — but neither suit me! On the other hand, the early 90s were my jam and all of my fav stylo inspos are natural variants.

    Style question: the one catch is that I love to wear miniskirts, but it seems that miniskirts are best suited to gamine types? I get why, but I like to show off my legs 😛 Would that also explain why I feel “sawed off” wearing a miniskirt? From a Kibbe perspective, how can I avoid short skirts shortening my frame? I have long legs at 5’5″.

    I’m tired of looking at clothing racks (used or new) and not finding anything that suits me in fabrics I like, so I’m looking to make 2019 my DIY clothing year.

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    1. Kibbe does say that short skirts can work well for the plain Natural and Flamboyant Natural types, but not so much with Soft Naturals. I might suggest adding monochromatic tights under the skirt to avoid that chopped off feeling.


  6. This is an awesome post full of a just incredible amount of resource! I am so in awe right now! Couldn’t thank you enough!
    There is nothing about this on most of the internet, or Pinterest. Pinterest has this listed as only a style type and not a body type. Romantic ingenue is what that is. Which does not help me in the slightest! I am short. Although not quite petite. I am athletic. Although i have curves. I do not have beautiful facial angles, which would help lean things style wise. And i am no where near a classic! So you see without this kibbe soft gamine i would be lost.
    It means so much to see all you have found. Thus is surely more than i could’ve done. Thank you !! Sunshine forever


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