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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Tim Gunn's recommendations ( Moderated by JEF)

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on dressing to minimize a tummy
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Date: 5/16/09 1:53 AM

So, I just started reading Tim Gunn's book, and in one of the first few chapters he gives some basic guidelines on what styles work best for basic figure types.

The statement he made was, and I'm paraphrasing here, to avoid any skirt & pant styles with front pleats, belts or waistbands. Now that works OK with skirts, since most just have an inner facing, but I've seen VERY few pants styles with no waistband. And I can't imagine them working for all applications either. Maybe a real-world suggestion would be to avoid wide waistbands?

What does everyone think?

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Date: 5/16/09 3:07 AM

I've got a bit of a tummy and just recently have made these pants without a waistband.

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I used some 1" elastic to stabilise the waistline which seemed to work well.

I wonder why, though, he's saying to avoid waistbands altogether? I could see avoiding garments that fasten in the front, but a waistband with a side or rear fastening shouldn't add any bulk to the tummy, should it?

I'm interested to see what others think, too.

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Date: 5/16/09 3:28 AM

Here is another pattern Vogue 1034 without a waistband, it is for jeans. I could not believe this when I first bought it.
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Subject: Tim Gunns recommendations Date: 5/16/09 8:43 AM

Sounds wonderful - I think I would like some without a waist band. I use elastic pants lots but since I have a waist that is almost as large as my hips these days there aren't many gathers at the waist. I never tuck my blouses anymore but would like a fitted pant for special outfits or jeans. I think the no waist band would be a really good thing for fitted dress pants or jeans. Thanks for telling the clueless like me about this and the pattern numbers.

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Date: 5/16/09 8:59 AM

How did you use the elastic to stabilize the waistband?

I wonder if he says avoid waistbands because he is talking RTW?? Harder for people depending on RTW to get a proper fit.

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Date: 5/16/09 10:50 AM

PatM,

Vogue 1034 does have a front waistband: 'MISSES’ JEANS: Boot-legged or straight-legged jeans have below waist contour front waistband and back yoke, double-sided front pockets with button trim, fly closure, narrow or wide belt carriers and topstitching details'.

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Date: 5/16/09 11:49 AM

This is not sewing related, but I have every color of Eddie Bauer Bremerton style "slim" pants that they make. (Their name for them, not mine-see below)

They have no waist band, have a side zip and are THE most comfortable pants ever.

AND...you can't go by the look of these pants on the EB model because they really aren't THAT slim or peg legged either. They look normal on me and I have a bit of a tummy. They also DO make me look thinner.

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Date: 5/16/09 12:03 PM

Those Bremerton pants look very familiar. For many years, my most-used pants pattern has been the Textile Studio Soho Pants. I got a perfect fit the first time I made them. The elastic is hidden inside and is completely undetectable when they are worn. The leg shape is quite tapered, but it was easy to modify that to straight and bootcut. They have a side zipper, but I usually change it to CB zip location or, if the fabric has lots of stretch, I skip the zipper completely. I've lost track of the number of pants I've made from this pattern (over a number of weight changes ) and if we ever have to evacuate our home, the pattern's going with me.

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Date: 5/16/09 12:55 PM

I don't like waistbands either, but I do like a contour band which falls below the waist. I think that it minimizes the stomach. But, this is made from my tnt pant pattern, the Hot Patterns Razer pant which is a faced fly front pant. This month's BWOF has a faced pant with a side zipper.
But, any pant can be made with a faced band. To draft one you would measure down the amount for the facing on your pant, 2" wide plus 2 sas, or 3 1/4" or less on the bottom of the facing. Trace it off and with the darts. Cut out and close up the darts. Blend the top and bottom to get a smooth curve. There are instructions in Pants for Real People on how to sew this.

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Date: 5/16/09 4:47 PM

This is recommended because the interfaced waist does not cinch the waist like a traditional waistband, and it is a more comfortable fit.

Mr. Gunn is not the first to suggest this finish for trimmer look.

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