To follow-up on my X posts ... here are tips from real life, real women, real sewing for the hourglass figure at PatternReview.
Wish I'd consulted this discussion before sewing the current trend below. The dress wound up darted in the front and back so I don't look enormous and shapeless. Cut wide enough to clear the hips and falling over the chest of an hourglass shape, it stands too far from the body. But just skimming over an "I" shape, it could look fabulous.
So, study the words of these wise women.