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« on: September 15, 2006 02:58:40 AM »

Does anyone have some good tips on making flattering pants for zaftig women?  You know, that fit well over the rear, and fall nicely from the belly?

I make patterns and have difficulty extending the principles nicely beyond size 16.  Anyone here make patterns or adapt them, for curvily contoured women?
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2006 12:30:19 AM »

It's an ongoing battle, isn't it?  I find a mid-rise trouser cut works really well for me.

Have you figured out where the pants aren't fitting right, yet?  Or where they do?
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2006 06:25:17 PM »

For smooth-fitting waists, I love side zippers! They are a big-bottomed girl's best friend.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2006 02:56:59 PM »

flattering pants for zaftig women?  You know, that fit well over the rear, and fall nicely from the belly?

Anyone here make patterns or adapt them, for curvily contoured women?

I like zippers in the back. My backside is high, wide, and handsome -- but there's a relatively uncurvy bit in the center back. For me, with an hourglass figure, side zippers have to do too much curving.

The only place NOT to put zippers, IMHO, is in the front. Too much belly curvature. And fly-front zips are from The Devil. Too gap-making. Too much emphasis on what speaks for itself.

And no pleats. They open.

A faced waist works better than a waistband for me.

I like Sandra Betzina's patterns in Vogue. Very fat-friendly. Especially because her she uses a relatively long back crotch curve and shorter front curve. Better, more real-world proportions.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2007 07:43:08 AM »

What is a faced waist? Sorry, I can't find any info on it.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007 02:34:23 PM »

A faced waist is one that has a facing, like a neckline might, instead of a waistband. The facing is usually a separate piece of the fabric, or sometimes a lining-type material, seamed at the waist and folded over, with its edge finished in some way that lies flat and won't unravel.

Apple-bodies may find the faced waist is their good friend, slightly lengthening their look, while pears' trunks may be okay with a well-fitted waistband.

Mim, hoping that made sense
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2007 04:52:41 PM »

It's good for short-waisted people, too.

Plus, IMHO, easier to sew -- after you've done about 3 or them.
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2007 10:39:55 AM »

Easier to leave a little extra cloth at the seams for letting out (or stitching tighter for taking in) if your body changes a little, too, compared to a waistband.

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2007 10:02:07 AM »

A faced waist is one that has a facing, like a neckline might, instead of a waistband. The facing is usually a separate piece of the fabric, or sometimes a lining-type material, seamed at the waist and folded over, with its edge finished in some way that lies flat and won't unravel.

Apple-bodies may find the faced waist is their good friend, slightly lengthening their look, while pears' trunks may be okay with a well-fitted waistband.

Mim, hoping that made sense

Yes, I think it makes sense. Are these of pants from Old Navy a more casual style of a faced waist? 

http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/category.do?cid=5647&pageID=2




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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2007 12:23:25 PM »

The 1st old Navy pants have a drawstring waistband -- just not exactly at the waist.

The others look a lot like faced waistbands -- just subtract the scurnchy, ruched effect. (Which you should do anyway, IMHO. Who needs the bulk?)

Faced waistbands are very clean- looking.
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