Best I remember, I made a skirt from over a year ago, but the sizing was a nit wonky, and it was a little tighter on the hips than I wanted. I think I made too small of a size (damn you vanity sizing!!). In taking my measurements my "waist" is 46" because I wear my skirts below my belly button, not the smallest part of my middle. So then my "hips" are 49" and only about 4" below my waist.
So should I make the skirt with the 46 1/2" waist and the 54" hips (which is listed as a 30W and in OTR clothing I wear an 18 or 20). Or will that end up being so big as to look goofy?
Sorry if this is a multiple post.
You need to measure your actual waistline and hipline. The pattern company websites will show you how to measure. Now measure from the hipline up to where you want you actual waistband to be. So using the info you gave you need to measure 4" above the marked hipline on the skirt. This is where your new waistband will be. Now measure the width of the pattern at this point to make sure it will fit your waist. Don't forget about seam allowances.