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Another shorts question

JackieF | Posted in Fitting on

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Here is another problem I have when shortning shorts. I have one person whose shorts are NEVER short enough for her. After I shorten them and lay them down, if I lay them down and match up the top of the waistband, the front leg comes up a lot. If I match up the bottom of the legs, the waistband is not even. Hope this makes sense. Which should I favor?
Jackie

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  1. Elona_Masson | | #1

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    Your client may have a tilted waist (many of us do), and that would affect the hang of the pants. In other words, the way she carries herself (hips tucked under, or swayback, for example) may result in a waistline that is not horizontal, but that dips in one place or another.

    Also, if she has a bit of a tummy, or a long rise coupled with a flat fanny, she would need relatively more length in the front of the pant. As someone once explained in "Threads" magazine, it takes more fabric to go over a basketball than it does something flat like a book.

    Have you tried pinning the shorts up while she is wearing them? That could tell you what kind of figure problem you are dealing with.

    1. Tessa_Elston | | #2

      *Jackie, I think you are talking about altering ready made shorts? Yes? and this is when they are off the body and you are trying to lay them flat? If so, what you see is normal. The back of shorts *is* vertically longer than the front. See my reply to your other question.What do you mean they are never short enough for your client? You can shorten the outleg (side seam) more than the inleg if required. (See my other reply) This is how we learnt to draft "hot pants" years ago.

      1. JackieF | | #3

        *Yes, exactly. When laid flat on the table. We were going back and forth. She was evening out the bottom, and I was evening out at the waist.So I guess making the waist even is correct. I meant she likes her shorts very very short. Thanks for the hint about making the outside seam shorter. I hadn't thought of that.

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