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wild wackey woman
wild wackey woman
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Date: 2/26/11 6:33 PM

As a retiree, i wear pants in the winter and shorts in the summer. making shorts is fun as i buy quilt fabric in wild colors and designs. Absolutely frustrated that all new patterns have low waist lines. Have drafted my own psttern for the past 8 years and just wanted a quick new pattern as I am now a new shape! Anyone else have similar frustration or a suggestion.

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MONICA

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Date: 2/26/11 6:43 PM

The low waist thing has been a plus for me as I am really short waisted and the 1" below waist mark is right on for me.

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Date: 2/26/11 6:55 PM

I know what you mean about the low waisted stuff. At 56, I'm using patterns I bought in the 80's and 90's. I can still find an occasional new pattern with a "normal" waist line. Butterick 5534 is one that comes to mind. I haven't cut it out yet, but just looking at the line drawing, it looks like a nice trouser height. I'm short waisted/high waisted and I like my pants up around my natural waist line. I have a TNT I use for shorts, Vogue 8085. It's probably out of print by now. Wish I knew how to post a pic. Anyway if you can find this one on ebay, get it. It's a nice fit.

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Date: 2/26/11 9:08 PM

If it makes you feel any better, I am 27 and hate the low waists also. I ALWAYS have to wear a belt, and I wouldn't if they would just include the top part of the pants!! Sigh... this is why I learned to sew

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Date: 2/26/11 9:18 PM

My gripe with the low waisted style is that the back pockets are also low which makes my saggy bottom look even saggier.

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Date: 2/26/11 9:38 PM

Christine Jonson pants patterns have very high waists.

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Date: 2/27/11 2:51 AM

A simple, to-the-waist, small waistband pattern is Burda 2938. It fits very well with a full straight leg that looks nice. I actually can't believe there isn't a ton of reviews for this pattern. Guess I should write one more

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Date: 2/27/11 7:27 AM

Yes, I have the same frustrations. Menopause really changed my shape.

It has taken a long time to finally get a pair of slacks to fit me - not trousers but slacks. Trousers have way too wide of hem for my shape. Trousers make me look dumpy.

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Date: 2/27/11 8:55 AM

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Yes, I have the same frustrations. Menopause really changed my shape.


What do you mean by this statement?????????

Nora or maybe ?

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Date: 2/27/11 10:25 AM

Whether skinny or overweight, low-waist pants drive my short-waisted self nuts. As I get older, I feel more comfortable with a waist band that hits my true waist and a top that is worn untucked. Since menopause, I've gained weight in my waist so there's less difference in waist to hip. I usually eliminate one set of darts or use elastic in some fashion in the waist.

I have been working with Sewing Workshop patterns for the first time, just finishing Valencia one-seam pants. My trial pair are for lounging around, so I used some cotton shirting fabric from my stash. They're very comfortable. I also have the Hudson pattern which includes pants with long darts at the hem. I'm going to cut them out today.

This is a pattern company which seems to design for middle-aged/senior women. Some of the other independent pattern companies do too. We seem to like pants with true waists, tops with higher necklines, and waist-skimming or loose-fitting tops designed to be worn untucked.


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