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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Prominent Abdomen Adjustment ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Prominent Abdomen Adjustment
I need to know how to do a prominent abdominal adjustment
Texas Bonnet
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Date: 6/12/12 3:35 PM

Hi,
My grandmother on my mom's side always looked like she swallowed a pumpkin seed that sprouted. I've got the same problem. I am basically the same size torso wise bust, hips and waist but my hips are tiny in the back (compared to the hump I have in front). My large size is all up front. My bust is a B cup but I too, look like I swallowed a pumpkin seed that sprouted. I have a shelf in front where I can place my arms, that goes all the way to my the top of my legs. Instead of needing a full bust adjustment, I need to have an full abdominal hump adjustment? Can anyone begin to tell me how to accomplish it, to possibly look smaller than it really is...no laughs please, this is a serious problem. My sisters who grew up in the same home...are tiny like my mother. I've never sewn for myself, only family members because of the problem. All RTW is way too large for me in order to accommodate for my abdomen. Any help will be sincerely appreciated.

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Date: 6/12/12 4:04 PM

I'm currently working on my KS "learn to sew" pants pattern and I'm adding several inches to the center-front seam from just above the crotch up to the waist, and also adding a little to the side seams, but mostly at the waistline/upper hip. I'm using a thin stretch cotton woven fabric. I have a prominent upper and esp. lower abdomen (larger than my hips and butt). I can only wear elastic or drawstring and elastic waist pants and shorts. Any top I wear is both long enough and loose enough to cover and not accentuate this area. I suggest to not purchase clingy knits for tops, since they will stick to your ab pouch like glue! (at least they do on me). I have a tub full of beautiful rayon and bamboo knits I may never sew because of this feature. Heavier cotton knits works best for me, they don't cling to ever bulge. I'm sure others here will have different opinions and suggestions. Check out the review galleries for ladies with shapes that are similar to yours and see what looks good on them too. Good luck! I know what a miserable problem this is.

eta Here's one topic that may be of help for starters. PR topic on ab adjustments
-- Edited on 6/12/12 6:52 PM --

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Date: 6/12/12 5:44 PM

I cannot offer any suggestions but I am glad to see this post as I have a similar problem and am trying to learn how to correct this on patterns and help better camouflage the chubby-tummy.

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Date: 6/12/12 6:20 PM

You'd need to slant the CF seam outwards and slash and spread where the front darts usually are. It is hard to advise the extent of alterations without seeing your figure

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Date: 6/12/12 7:05 PM

This is my issue too. I thought it was my big backside. I tried several patterns and couldn't figure out how to make them work. I followed several of the threads here about pants fitting. I finally got a Burda pattern to work. What has worked for me was several things. I needed a longer crotch curve so I added nearly 2 inches on both front and back crotch curve. I added to the front area by slashing and spreading horizontally. I needed to add about an inch. I also added about a half inch to the front seam which is not an adjustment that I saw anywhere. However, someone on here said to think about body space and where you need the fabric. I needed more across my middle and adding to the side seams did not help. I now have a pants pattern that fits pretty well but it took alot of trial and error. I got the Singer pants fitting book off Amazon for a few dollars. Someone posted this site NMSU making perfect pants If you scroll down you will see the large abdomen adjustment. I also could not go by the hip measurement on the patterns-I don't need the room at the sides so I use two sizes down from what I measure and do these adjustments. I hope to get a few more pairs of pants made and then will do a review. I am not an expert by any means but this has worked for me. There are alot of people here on PR on a mission to get a good fitting pair of pants. They will be helpful if you post some pictures and ask questions. Panst are the reason that I started sewing clothes again. Nothing RTW fits right.

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Date: 6/12/12 8:52 PM

No wonder I am hung up on needing to make my own pants. I was thinking of using Glenda Sparlings SureFit Designs--can anyone who has used this system tell me if it fits someone with large hanging belly and well toned butt, thighs--its like I am 2 different bodies if you split me apart from ear to ear And thats just my bottom half==I too need elastic for wide waist and fat tummy, and get acid reflux worsening when jeans/pants too tight==which always happens in afternoon and evening, as I weigh about 5 pounds more, at least. Thank you for starting this thread

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Date: 6/13/12 1:04 PM

Here's a pic for fixing the problem with tops, courtesy of Pam Erny: Top adjustment for prominent abdomen. Basically it's what Lena was describing above. Don't know about bottoms, but I would think there needs to be adjustment to slash and spread the front piece to enlarge the center front. A look at maternity wear patterns compared to regular skirts or pants might be useful, since that's the kind of alteration that is required.

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Date: 6/13/12 3:19 PM

Glenda Sparling uses your front crotch measurement and your back crotch measurement in her Sure Fit pants kit. This allowed me to take into account my flat backside and my tummy bulge. She had me remove the front darts and curve the CF seam. My CF seam is much longer than the CB seam. Using her method of measuring your body these difference are automatically incorporated into your pants pattern. (NAYY)

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Date: 6/13/12 5:43 PM

Thanks Lizz and Debbie--this info should get me going on top and bottom

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Date: 6/14/12 8:57 AM

PR Family,
Thank you all so much for the wonderful suggestions. I had no idea where to start. As several of you pointed out, the adjustments to the center front seam for tops and the center front seam increase and front crotch lengthening for pants sounds like wonderful advice. In fact, it was nice to know that I am not alone with this problem. I loved the slashing the pattern idea. I know as I try to approach sewing for me, it will now be much easier. I, finally, got up nerve enough to ask and you came through like troopers. I really appreciate your help.
Yours truly,
Texas Bonnet

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