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Where's Your Waist?
Smallest part of torso? X inches from bust? Where pants hit you? etc.?
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Date: 8/10/09 7:18 AM

Hi all: I'm on a seemingly neverending quest for a really good sloper. This round, I decided to think outside the box a bit and question all my assumptions -- including the location of my waist.

You wouldn't think it'd be tough to locate it... bust as I've grown older, my waist has become less defined. The smallest part of my torso is my underbust, and I expand quickly from there. I'm pyramid shaped more than pear shaped! Other possible waist locations might be at the bottom of my ribcage, at my bellybutton, where the waist of my pants hit me, a certain number of inches down from the bustline, etc.

I've done the 'wear some elastic around your waist for a while and see where it settles' routine, and it can settle in any number of places quite comfortably. For my most recent sloper, I sort of arbitrarily located it about four inches down from my admittedly droopy bustline, and while that gets me a fairly decent fit, it's really, really short.

So... where's your waist? If, like me, it's not all that well defined, how did you, er, define it?

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Subject: Wheres Your Waist? Date: 8/10/09 7:34 AM

While standing, bend yourself to the side. Where you bend is your waist.

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Date: 8/10/09 7:35 AM

Most of us left our waists at the hospital after the birth of the second child. Don't miss it too much as my boobies are down there now.

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Date: 8/10/09 8:07 AM

LOL

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Date: 8/10/09 8:17 AM

Quote: Debbie Cook
While standing, bend yourself to the side. Where you bend is your waist.

Yes... but... I've got some side baggage going on there, so it's tough to see exactly where that would be. When I do that, there's about three inches or so, up and down my side seam, if you will, that might be where I bend, but I get all bunchy-uppy there. I know, I'm weird!
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Date: 8/10/09 10:01 AM

Try bending to the side, then forward. I saw this bending forward in an fitting article plus I think on a sewing video on Youtube - maybe that will help.

Woggy

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Date: 8/10/09 10:30 AM

To start with, your waist is below your lowest rib bones but above your hip bones. It can also be lower or higher in front than in back. You're really free to choose wherever you want to call your waist, but it'll make altering patterns easier if you choose the location where you want the elastic on your elastic waist pants (for example), because that will match the waist markings on the patterns.

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Date: 8/10/09 5:23 PM

In one class I took, the instructor told us to put our hands on our hips as if we were about to chew someone out. This "angry mark" (where the hands were) is the waist.

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Date: 8/10/09 5:27 PM

"Where's my waist?" THAT's a good question!! If YOU find it again, please tell it to come back home!!
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Subject: Wheres Your Waist? Date: 8/10/09 5:34 PM

I've been looking for it for a long time too....it's way too much blood, sweat and tears get it back--and pay someone for helping!

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