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Date: 4/10/12 6:26 AM

As I'm short in the leg and quite wide hipped (but small waisted) I find it impossible to find a pair of shorts that flatter.
Either I look like I've been squashed or my legs look super chunky.
Is there any style that would fit me?

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Date: 4/10/12 7:49 AM

I'm picturing something that looks a little retro--high waisted, slightly flared in the leg. Google "high-waisted shorts" and there are a lot of images.

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Date: 4/10/12 8:02 AM

I was thinking with a curved in side seam 'vent' to bring the eye up (not sure if I am explaining it right).

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Date: 4/10/12 8:17 AM

Maybe something like New Look 6100? The slight flare on View B has a somehwta retro look to it although not the high waist. I think the length of the shorts also has something to do with how they look, much like where you hem a skirt.

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Date: 4/10/12 8:23 AM

Quote: KensingtonCrab
I was thinking with a curved in side seam 'vent' to bring the eye up (not sure if I am explaining it right).

Quote: KensingtonCrab
I'm picturing something that looks a little retro--high waisted, slightly flared in the leg. Google "high-waisted shorts" and there are a lot of images.
Do you mean something like this?

http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/shorts/firetrap-calcutta-high-waisted-short_245600083

or like this
http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/shorts/miss-real-navy-pleated-shorts_251886641
-- Edited on 4/10/12 8:24 AM --

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Date: 4/10/12 10:29 AM

Pick a soft material and relax the fit down to the hem, which you should peg. Depending on the shape of your legs you might want to cut them a little long; for example, just past the flare of your calf if you have big calves.

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Date: 4/10/12 10:50 AM

I have just decided that shorts are comfortable to wear and I just will not worry about how I look wearing them.

I do find I feel a bit better dressed when I wear a skort.

I cannot wear full flowy shorts as I have full inner thighs and they just ride up.

I did pull out two pair of shorts this weekend. One has cuffs and they really jut draw attention to my full thighs.

I also wear capris, but have not found a good length for me yet. I think part of the problem is that I need to find a top the right length to balance the look. I have regular length legs, and a short upper body.

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Date: 4/14/12 8:14 PM

I can't wear anything that shows thigh - even my swimming costume has knee length legs LOL - because my huge, extremely white, muscular thighs (I inherited my dad's legs, and he was a prop forward rugby player for many years - see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/Scrum.JPG for examples of rugby player legs) just mean that nobody ever looks at any other part of me if they are showing. So short shorts are not an option... And I stopped wearing my comfiest pair of shorts when a "friend" told me they looked like "clown pants". They were knee length and I guess a bit baggy...

Mostly I am happy with my stocky, muscular physique - big butt, broad shoulders, big chest, narrow waist works well for me. I just wish I could find shorts (or a pattern to make some) that were comfy AND flattering. It's seriously looking like it's back to the clown pants again for me this summer...

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Date: 4/14/12 10:10 PM

I have trouble with shorts looking right too, but I made Hotpattern's sporty sarong shorts lastcsummer and liked the way they looked (maybe because they were skirtish). It's a free download from Fabric.com

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Date: 4/15/12 0:22 AM

Culottes, like these I made http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/74117
any good? Could be made any length.

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