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looking for basic plus size pants
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Date: 6/27/10 1:03 AM

I am trying to make some basic pants for dear friend who is very petite 5 ft.tall, waist size 50" hip 49". I did copy a pair of pants she had, however they weren't great to begin with and the proportions were not quite right.
To fit her size all RTW pants are too wide in the legs.
I am pondering the Petite Plus 604 Capri Pant.
anyone made this? or any other ideas? Some of the Hot Patterns pants look good as well.
Thanks for any advice.

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Date: 6/27/10 11:25 AM

I think any of the Petite Plus Pants pattern would be a good place to start.

Kathleen designed her patterns for short fluffy (her word) women. The pattens are proportional, so you are not stuck with really wide legs on slacks, or really wide shoulders on tops.

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Date: 6/27/10 12:54 PM

Absolutely use Petite Plus. I made a pair and never reviewed (shame on me) Now that I understand fitting a little better, I want to revisit the pattern.

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Date: 6/27/10 5:16 PM

The Petite Plus pattern might work for her.

My favorite is the flat front pant 601. I haven't made it exactly as the pattern shows. Each pair I've made has had an elastic waist (keeping most of the fitting darts), and for my day-time ones I've changed it to an invisible zipper on the side. I also have made PJ pants from the same pattern. I removed all the darts so I could just pull them on over my hips.

The reason I like it is you can cut it down to 2 pieces - a front and a back - for fitting purposes. Even the capri pant you are looking at should be able to cut down to three pieces, with the added benefit of ease of removing width through the back leg. I have the jeans pattern (similar to the capri one) and it has more shaping in the back leg than the flat front pant. For the muslin, cut the waist a couple inches higher, sew up the seams, leaving an opening where your zipper would be, and use elastic to mark where her waistline actually is.

For reference, my hips are (approx right now, I can't remember the exact 1/4", though) 49", waist 40", thigh 30". I am 5' 4.5" and I have to add length to the legs and remove from the crotch curve height. The petite plus pants fit my full thighs well, so if her legs are smaller you will probably need to remove width through there. One of the ladies at my ASG meetings has also made the capri pant you are asking about and it fits her well. She has a bigger abdomen...probably somewhere between my body shape and that of your friend's.

Two other lines you might look at are Simplicity's Khaliah Ali patterns (which I think are for more of an hour-glass type shape) and Butterick's Connie Crawford line (more of an apple shape).

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Date: 6/27/10 5:23 PM

Burda is supposed to have good crotch design, but I have not personally tried them yet

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Date: 6/27/10 5:25 PM

Oh - I forgot to mention - she might fit a pattern better using the back for the front. At least that's what Patti Palmer/Marta Alto say in their books.

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Date: 6/27/10 5:26 PM

wow, thanks for all the info. The Petite Plus Capri pant intrigued me because of the seam down the center back of each leg. I think it says on the description that this can be used to remove excess width in the legs, which is just the problem we have had.
Great idea about the muslin and marking the waist, as I don't want to mess up the crotch depth, but that will help a lot to get it right.

I will keep you all updated and post a review if I sew them up.

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Date: 6/27/10 7:16 PM

Sounds like you got some great advice. If the Petite Plus don't work, try Burda. They make several patterns for women up to size 60 and have more depth from front to back through the body than the big American companies. Best of luck
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Date: 6/27/10 8:53 PM

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Sounds like you got some great advice. If the Petite Plus don't work, try Burda. They make several patterns for women up to size 60 and have more depth from front to back through the body than the big American companies. Best of luck

Sue

I agree with this. I know that it's not the same for everyone, but I've found that HotPatterns pants fit me very similarly to how Burda pants fit me. I stay away from the Big 4 for pants patterns.

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Date: 6/27/10 9:37 PM

This pair of Burda pants goes up to European size 60 (U.S. 34), and the legs don't seem super-wide. I have this pattern but haven't tried it yet.

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