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Waistline 4-inches lower in front
Making a skirt & top for lady
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Date: 5/12/13 5:12 AM

I am making a skirt & top for lady that has had a few surgeries. Somehow, her waistline is 4 to 5 inches shorter in the front than in the back. (It actually dips in the front.) However can I make this fit properly? Where to start drafting? I am overwhelmed. Her waist is 45, hip is 54, and she is not a tall woman. Do I just lower the waist band in front? I'm really afraid that the difference between the lenghts will be noticeable.
Thanks for any help.
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Date: 5/12/13 9:15 AM

As we get older the pelvis tends to tip downwards more than when we we younger. Weight gain can add to this dilemma.

I adjust in both directions; a little longer above the waist and little lower below the waist. These adjustments begin at the side seam.

We are what we are and have to accept and modify as needed.

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Date: 5/12/13 9:31 AM

Not an unusual adjustment. Here is one description.
Tilted Waist Adjustment

I sometimes make a muslin, use an elastic around the waist, and pin it where it is comfortable making sure the hem is straight.

It will look fine because it matches her figure and most importantly is comfortable
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Date: 5/12/13 4:03 PM

This is my issue too. For a skirt I make adjustments like Kathy's sews and Sheril Miller.
I hink a person like this is not Nickelodeon dresses with a top that is tucked in. That shows this problem more than necessary. For myself I choose empire lines as means of disguising the problem. I recently found that a peplum top is a good possibilities. the waistline should be then parallel to the Floortje, and on the line where it should sit in the backpart. I think that ladies like me are better served with a top that is not too long I add a wedge in the back part blow the waistline both in the horizontal and the vertical direction
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Date: 5/13/13 11:18 AM

I'm another person with this fitting issue. I agree with Quickie that choosing the right style helps. I never wear tucked in shirts because they end up blousing at the waist and looking dumpy, no matter how well they fit. (Quickie, thanks for the tip to try a peplum top!) The tops that look best on me with pants or skirts are modified babydoll or empire tops, although tees are not bad as long as they're not tucked in. A tailored shirt designed to be worn with the tails out would be cute too. If your client has an ample bust, be generous with the FBA so that there is no gaping at the buttons. I'm sure you're on top of that but I'd have to say my two biggest problems with button-front shirts is gaping at the bust and how they look at the waist, which is why I don't own a single one right now.

I will make dresses with waistlines but I cheat a little, never fitting them closely at the waist. Instead, the dress waist sits at my natural back waistline and drops only a little (a few mm) to the front, staying more or less horizontal. Lining really helps smooth out the look in this case.

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Date: 5/14/13 9:27 AM

Thank You all so much for your input. But, please understand.... I am making this skirt & top for someone else. The choices regarding style, aren't mine. All I need to do is to figure out how to make them to fit her.
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Date: 5/14/13 9:47 AM

Hauteaway: For gaping front at the bustline, please try re-alignment of the buttons at C/F, so that a button is in direct line of the apex. That is supposed to be the fix.
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Hauteaway: For gaping front at the bustline, please try re-alignment of the buttons at C/F, so that a button is in direct line of the apex. That is supposed to be the fix.

As long as the bust area fits, that's true.
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Date: 5/14/13 1:13 PM

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Thank You all so much for your input. But, please understand.... I am making this skirt & top for someone else. The choices regarding style, aren't mine. All I need to do is to figure out how to make them to fit her.

But she's not planning to tuck in a top with these pants, right?

Assuming that's the case, then it doesn't matter if the waist/elastic dips in the front as long as it works for her.

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