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Message Board > Sewing for Petite Sizes > crop pants for petites ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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crop pants for petites
what's the correct length?
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Date: 5/7/08 8:25 AM

I've been thinking of adding a pair of crop/capris pants to my 'want to sew' list for the Spring/Summer. In the past, when I needed to buy pants I would opt for the cropped type as they are the right 'normal' length for me.

But now, I am sort of digging the style and the fact that they really should be short. So my question is this: Where should them hem on someone 4'11" actually fall? Should the hem be at the knee, mid calf, or just above the ankle?

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Date: 5/7/08 8:33 AM

Hmm...nevermind I suppose. I've been scanning some websites about petite women and cropped pants. I am finding that most people advise against it since it will make one look even shorter.

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Date: 5/7/08 8:47 AM

Yeah, the Clinton-and-Stacy crowd will tell you that the correct length for cropped pants is "long enough to reach the trashcan"... I like 'em, though, so I have a pair that's just past my (large and bony) knees and just above the curve of my calf. The same place, in other words, that I wear my skirts.

I'm not sure I buy that theory anyhow... otherwise, we couldn't wear dresses or skirts either--don't they cut you off as much as pants would? They can come sic their camera crew on me if they don't like it (as long as they bring the $5,000 credit card with them).

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Date: 5/7/08 8:47 AM

Maybe, maybe not. Is she short with short legs, or short with long legs?
I'm 5'4" but I have long legs and like the capri length as long as the legs of the pants aren't too wide.
I wear the ones with a slim leg and hem them about 2.5 inches below the bottom of the knee-cap.
Maybe try a muslin and see how they look?

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Date: 5/7/08 8:52 AM

I'm not petite, nor do I wear cropped pants, but I remember hearing that cropped pants should hit the same spot on your leg that a flattering skirt would.
HTH

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Date: 5/7/08 9:04 AM

I have never found a pair of cropped pants that looked good on me. (5'1") I did have one pair that wasn't too bad, and it hit me just above the ankle bone. I agree, it really depends on the proportions of your figure..
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Date: 5/7/08 9:12 AM

Quote: Lucia/Lyonel
I'm not sure I buy that theory anyhow... otherwise, we couldn't wear dresses or skirts either--don't they cut you off as much as pants would?

Yes, but I think that the problem is that most capris and cropped pants are "supposed" to end somewhere on the calf whereas many women find that skirts look the most flattering when they hoover around the knee. And cropped pants that end around the knee looks more like Bermuda shorts or cycle pants than the fashionable cropped style pants you can find in stores.
That said, I am sure that a little experimenting with length and shape of the pants (tapering and stuff) could result in a pair decent looking cropped pants for at least some petite shapes.

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Date: 5/7/08 9:13 AM

Quote: Lucia/Lyonel
I'm not sure I buy that theory anyhow... otherwise, we couldn't wear dresses or skirts either--don't they cut you off as much as pants would?

I sort of feel the same way, except with a skirt, you get one long line from waist to hem. No crotch to define the leg length.

But I've seen Stacy wear things on subsequent shows that she's trashed for someone else previously. So, she breaks her own rules too. And, really, I sometimes think she needs to give herself a WNTW session. Which only proves no one is perfect and we sometimes wear things just because WE LIKE THEM!!

If it makes you *feel* good, it's not a horrible decision. I think their subjects usually don't really feel good in what they're wearing before the makeover and that transcends the whole image they're projecting. While I don't always agree with every piece of the new clothes, I think S&C (and Nick & Carmindy too!) succeed close to 100% of the time with a self-image makeover.

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Date: 5/7/08 10:46 AM

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I've seen Stacy wear things on subsequent shows that she's trashed for someone else previously. So, she breaks her own rules too. And, really, I sometimes think she needs to give herself a WNTW session.

Very true. Clinton's argyle fetish gets on my nerves sometimes too. His style often strikes me as pretty tight-***ed.
But back to the topic of capris on short legs. You know... I've been seriously thinking of breaking this "rule" myself. First, I think it may depend partly on the cut and fit of the pants, and of course on how shapely someone's legs are. The other thing is, I have one knee that I try to cover up whenever possible (swollen/misshapen from arthritis from an old injury). I do wear shorts, but it might actually be a good idea in my case to have some summer capris, so that sometimes I can cover that knee and still not roast to death in the summer.

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Date: 5/7/08 10:52 AM

I'm 5'1" and I cannot find capri/crops that look good on me, even in the petite sized sections. I *think* it is because I am hippy at the same time. It seems to me that if a person is slimmer in the hip area that the crop would look better. But that is just my theory. I just know that they make *me* look short and heavier than I actually am. I only weigh 110 lbs! I just *feel* fat in them.

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