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Message Board > Fitting Woes > M5633 for J Lo booty ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 7/4/12 3:32 PM

I have never made shorts or pants that didn't have an elastic waistband. My daughter (who is 1/4 Puerto Rican--father is 1/2) has a J Lo type booty (at 13 yrs old!) and curvy wants me to make the McCall's 5633 shorts which I think is OOP now. Is there a certain measurement or adjustment I should make to the pattern before cutting the fabric? Should I do a muslin for this first? Thanks

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Date: 7/4/12 3:38 PM

I would check the front and back rise measurements as well as the crotch depth before cutting a muslin. The Reader's Digest sewing book has a great section on all the pants/crotch-area measurements and how to take them and make alterations.

(Others may recommend Pants for Real People which I haven't read yet, but I think the RD couple of pages are a great place to start if you have it available - I have an older edition and they're usually available used inexpensively.)

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Date: 7/4/12 5:58 PM

I'm not sure that I quite have the JLo booty but it's probably close. In RTW pants anything that would fit my waist wouldn't get past my hips or anything that fits my hips has a huge waist. One of the main adjustment I do is add 1-2" to the back crotch length.

If your daughter has a pair of pants that fits, you can take a few key measurements. If not you'll have to do a muslin.

You may also need to have 2 back darts instead of one really wide one.

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Date: 7/4/12 7:33 PM

If her booty is anything like Nicki Minaj (see the Starships video) you've got problems!

She might need a wedge adjustment, here is a fabulous blog SewingPlums

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Date: 7/4/12 10:26 PM

Do your daughter's measurements fit into this chart? Thurlow pants-Back of pattern

If they do, you might be interested in this new design, offered by an independent patternmaker and blogger - Sewaholic. Her patterns are proportioned for pear shapes, and the draft of this one might give you a head start on fitting shorts. The styling is similar to the McCalls; the more horizontal pocket line is better for curvy hips than the McCalls style, which always pull and gap on women with hips. Thurlow The pattern includes a center back seam that can be taken in or let out after the pants are constructed, so that's an additional alteration option for a small waist and generous derriere. You could always overlay the McCalls pattern to get the leg length and width she wants.

I have pair of pants cut out right now, and they compare very well to pants that fit my curvy/pear daughter very well. They're designed for someone taller than my DD, but after years of dealing with "short", I think I could do petite adjustments while in a coma.


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Date: 7/4/12 11:34 PM

When I was 12, my measurements were 35-25-35. It was not a pleasant thing to have adult men trying to pick me up at that age. My mom made most of my clothing. RTW pants fit best when made with facings, not waistbands. I can tell you that a muslin is a necessity. I also advise you to choose a pattern with a back yoke. If necessary, you can add darts under the yoke to really streamline the fit.
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Date: 7/11/12 1:59 PM

Thank you all for your help. I really took your advice to heart. I decided to try a jeans pattern but am having a great deal of trouble understanding how to tape pieces together to modify the pattern. I'm going to create a new topic for that.

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