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Date: 6/2/10 10:45 PM

I just got a copy of PFRP, hoping for help with fitting my large pones. This is not me, but it could be:

(image from Inside Out Style www.insideoutstyle.com)

(Sorry, I don't have any tight leggings I could put on to show you my shape without showing TOO much.

I'm coming up a bit empty alteration options - PFRP suggests adding at the inner thigh seam for large thighs, but that doesn't seem to really fit me. My thighs aren't really big, except for the large pones on the outside. I have tried the TAMU recommendation of adding to the outer side seams (link here page 4), but that hasn't seemed to resolve it, and seems to be making the pants hang funny. Should I try the PFRP crotch seam addition? Or another suggestions?

*sigh* Ok, I should post a picture. Let me see if I can get the camera fired up here.

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Date: 6/2/10 10:52 PM

Oh my, I thought "pones" was just slang for saddle bags...had no idea it was an official term. Maybe only in Texas?

I split the difference between the inner and outer seams. If i take it all in either place the legs hang oddly.

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Date: 6/3/10 1:57 PM

This topic was discussed before and someone posted a link to a great document published by Texas A&M University Extension Service called Special Alterations for Pants. It included alterations for pones. It can be found at Alterations
This method keeps the grain line vertical on the center of the leg so they should hang correctly. For just the pone alterations,

Pone alterations

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Date: 6/4/10 9:58 AM

ALY - yes, I linked that document in my original post. I've tried that alteration, but it seems to be making the pants hang funny.

I need to post a photo. Will do so tonight.

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Date: 6/4/10 11:13 AM

CatSari, first -- you have my sympathy! I too have pones although I've called them saddlebags forever. I agree with you that the alteration at tamu is helpful but not quite there.

I have found that I need to really straighten out the curve in the high hip area and then also straighten the seam right over the widest part of my hip/thigh. If I leave it curved as is shown, it only emphasizes my worst features! I only shave off perhaps .25 inch wide (maybe less) and just take that curve out of the seam. It hangs better and is more flattering. It's counter-intuitive to do this but try it on a muslin and see if it works for you. If it helps, I took a pants patternmaking class recently and was the most difficult shape to fit out of both classes. Isn't that nice?The instructor, who has never had a pone in her life and is an excellent fitter, was a bit puzzled by the problems in fit. When we tried my off the cuff changes (after making the more major changes to the back crotch point, etc) she was a little surprised to see what a difference it made.

I hope this makes sense to you. Life is a bit crazy today but I might have time to take a photo later this afternoon if that would help. It is amazing what such a tiny adjustment does for the fit.

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Date: 6/4/10 2:29 PM

Thanks, Patti! I'd love a photo if you have time. (And *I* need to take some photos, as well.)

Some years ago, I bought a pair of custom pants from Lands End. They did "fit" through the upper thigh, but there was so much taper (from my pre-baby skinny waist to large pone and then to fairly slim lower legs) that they didn't really flatter. The problem is exacerbated by a fairly pronounced rear to go with the pone. I'm the same 38 inches from a few inches below the waist all the way down to high thigh, but WHERE the bulk is changes from back to front between high hip and high thigh.

I do have some dressy trousers that were a pretty good fit pre-baby, when I had the pones but was a bit more wasp-waisted. Perhaps I'll try pulling a pattern off of them if I can't get the current muslin tweaked to skim the pone a bit better.

*sigh* I miss the days when I mostly wore Renaissance peasant-wear. Pones are SO not a problem when you've got 60 inches of ease (no kidding!) about the hips.

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Date: 6/4/10 2:52 PM

Quote: CatSari
*sigh* I miss the days when I mostly wore Renaissance peasant-wear. Pones are SO not a problem when you've got 60 inches of ease (no kidding!) about the hips.

Boy, do I agree with this.

I think it's Imogen who suggests that skirts and dresses are seriously easier to fit than pants for an X shape.

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Date: 6/4/10 3:38 PM

Quote: goodworks1

I think it's Imogen who suggests that skirts and dresses are seriously easier to fit than pants for an X shape.

I'm an A, but same issue with pants being tough.

I'm not a huge fan of dresses and skirts as everyday wear. Although mostly I work at my desk or at the chalkboard, it does happen rather unpredictably that I find myself climbing on or under something in lab. (I'm a biochemist.) And I have to wear closed toe shoes (lab thing, again), so no cute sandals possible with a dress/skirt, either.
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