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Date: 6/19/12 11:30 PM

Hi-- I am running a simple survey though my website to collect as many waist and hip measurements as possible to help me explore the relationship between waist measurements and the hip-to-waist ratio. I'm working on a sizing system for pants and skirts that takes into account the way body proportions change with size. I thought you ladies might be able to help me out. The more numbers I have to play with, the better my finished sizing system.

I'm especially interested in "non-standard" body types (whatever that means) and plus sizing. I'll publish the results on my blog when I reach 300 participants, but this is a continuing project and I'd really love to collect as much data as possible.

Thank you! All numbers are anonymous.

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Date: 6/20/12 9:08 AM

Just as an interesting point of fact, scientific studies claim that men prefer a ratio of 0.7, regardless of weight. Perhaps because wider hips may indicate easier childbearing, or the proportion is subconciously associated with better overall health.

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Date: 6/20/12 6:38 PM

My husband is an ecologist- lots of biology and statistics in our household... He's the one that put that .7 number in my mind to begin with, and I've been curious ever since about who actually fits into that... I've deconstructed a few popular pattern charts to find their ratios, and they're all over the map. I guess I'm not surprised.

But more importantly, I'm searching for a relationship between waist size and the ratio of waist to hips. I have some rad charts and piles of numbers, it should be a very interesting post. And maybe, just maybe, I can make a better pants pattern.

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Date: 6/20/12 7:10 PM

From a 1901 tailoring manual


36 bust
24 waist
42 hips

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Date: 6/20/12 7:25 PM

Just a suggestion: I think most or many are a different size front than back in most patterns. If you can figure out a way to develop a system in which a woman can pick her back and front sizes, I think you may have a winner.

I am willing to help you with my measurements. You want a waist circumference, a hip circumference and do you need a measure of length between waist and hip?

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Date: 6/20/12 8:54 PM

This is step 1- determining a relationship between waist measurements and hip-to-waist ratios. If it exists. The numbers say yes. I'll write about it on Saturday. edited to add- Right now, I'm only interested in hip and waist measurements. Depth may come into play later.

Step 2 is working on shaping, but I have a few drafting equations I use that work quite well on a range of body shapes that rely on just those two measurements. Step 2 will be a refinement of Step 1, but I won't know precisely what questions to ask until I analyze the ratios survey.

Basically, it's a pretty complicated issue, and I'm breaking it into little pieces to work on so as not to muddy the waters but I do have a master plan, so to speak. I've been thinking about it for years, but only just recently have the time to work on it.

I'm also interested in hearing your irritations/good experiences with skirt/pants patterns currently available for plus sizes. This board makes very interesting reading. Thank you!

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Date: 6/21/12 12:06 PM

Okay, (deep breath):

Waist = 38 in
Hip = 45 in

My issue with pants patterns for plus size is that they all think I have saddlebags. I have a high hip, flat butt and while my thighs are short and thick, they do not pooch out at the sides (body deep rather than wide). I do have a belly tho-- trying to reduce and making slow progress -- at any rate, that is north of the thigh region and usually need to alter for wider (larger circumference) waist in front (and longer crotch curve) but decrease the circumference in back d/t sway back and a bit shorter crotch curve for the size I generically am supposed to fit in back. That is why I say I need a different size for front of pants then the one in back.

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Date: 6/21/12 2:01 PM

Hmmmm ... very interesting. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
waist 33"
hip 46"

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Date: 6/21/12 2:24 PM

My husband, with his calculator and my tape measure..... .65

So, we've decided my shoulders, bust and waist all properly porportioned. Which means my hips are too big!

25.5 inch waist, 39 inch hips

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Date: 6/21/12 4:29 PM

Mine are 31/41 (inches, that is) but the difference was much more extreme 40 years ago when it was 27/41.

I wonder how much difference the distance between the two measurements makes in how one might draft a pattern. Also, in my case the lower torso is much wider than most and much, much less deep (front to back) than the average.

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