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Date: 12/12/08 11:16 AM

I prefer to wear low-rise or mid rise pants yet every pants pattern I like seems to go up to the natural waist. What would be the best way to change the rise? Do I just measure the front and back rise of a pair that fits and adjust the pattern that way, also making the waist bigger? Anyone have any helpful suggestions?

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Date: 12/12/08 11:58 AM

A lot depends on your body type (short or long-waisted?), how experienced you are at making pants, what pattern lines you are used to and which work best for you.

Burda has several low-waisted pants patterns in envelopes, and lots of them in their World of Fashion magazine. Personally, I would start with one of those, because they really do tend to show the waistline as it really is. However, it's important to know that there's a measurement chart in every one of their patterns, and it really is essential to follow their instructions for using it.

Of course, if you're experienced, of course you can use a high waisted pant pattern that otherwise fits you, chalk mark where you'd like your personal waistline to be, add a seam allowance there, and then make a waistband to fit. Since it will be lower than normal, you'll probably have to design a curved band composed of several pieces, with stabilizing tape along the upper waist edge, but that can be done.

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