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Date: 6/15/12 8:57 AM

I might put patch pockets with a flap cover (called?) on some linen pants. Not sure how big or small to make them. Darned if I can find an old pattern with such pockets and have none on any ready to wear in the house.

Is there any kind of "rule of thumb" (gee, should be rule of bum in this case :)) that says pockets look best if a certain distance below true waist or a certain width and depth in relation to width of the back at that point or depth of crotch?

I do notice when I'm out shopping that some really low cut jeans have, necessarily, really low placed back pockets and even on the slimmest girls it makes their butts look droopy

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Date: 6/15/12 12:00 PM

They've talked about pockets on "What Not to Wear," so I did a quick Google search for "flattering back pockets," and here are a couple of links that might be helpful. They're specifically for jeans, but the general guidelines probably apply to other pants, as well.

http://www.wardrobe911.com/best-jean-back-pocket-looks/

http://www.insideoutstyleblog.com/2009/06/how-to-choose-flattering-jeans-pockets.html

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Date: 6/15/12 12:16 PM

Thanks for the links. I did google but obviously did not use the right terms. The links were some help; now I know why flaps look good on me, flat butt. But there doesn't seem to be a rule even though they do mention proportion, they don't say what it is.

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Date: 6/16/12 0:12 AM

It really depends on what you're hoping to achieve...do you want your booty to look bigger or smaller? Use a bigger pocket to look smaller and vice versa. Do you have pants with a pocket size you really like/looks good? Measure those.

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Date: 6/16/12 9:07 PM

I had to go shopping anyway so I went to the mall and measured back pockets. They are on now, with flaps, and the OH says they look even and good. But then he's the one who said my jeans legs were the same length and they're not. LOL, still haven't changed them.

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