When I first started designing my own garments, I looked for inspiration and examples to learn how this was done. There were plenty of traditional shapes, mainly looser bodies both long and short with a cinched rib. This type of standard design did nothing for my body shape. Like so many other women I need to have some definition at the waist, not a ballooning top cinched at the waist or worse, at the hips...ughhh!
I did everything to stretch the rib portion so that at least it would hang straight. At that point I didn't know that adding more stitches for ribs would do just that.
As I grew more comfortable with taking risks in design, it hit me that shaping to create an A-line was similar to sewing in that you shaped by cinching with darts. These darts can be cables used stategically where you would naturally want to take in fullness.
This Phildar tunic design is appealing on so many levels. The design shows perfectly how a cable, wide at the bottom, narrows to it's smallest point and then widens again achieves that flattering A-line shape.