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Pants Pattern for High Hips

user-3862652 | Posted in Fitting on

My goal for 2022 is pants that fit.  I have high hips (widest part 3 inches below the waist) and a small waist, so I know I will be making a lot of pattern adjustments.  Even so, I’d like to start with a pants pattern that is as close as possible.  Has anyone else successfully done this?  What pants pattern did you use as a starting point?


  1. katyreb | | #1

    I have the same problem and am on the same mission. I am 5'3", and my hips are about 7-1/2" from my waist, and my hip measurement is 3" less than my high hip. Corrections are very odd looking on a pattern for sure. Right now I am working with Kathleen Cheetham's pants pattern that came in a book called Perfect Plus. I'll let you know how it works out.

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    prhpage | | #2

    I have a similar issue. I have what I call a spare tire. It makes me hard to fit. I don’t have a solution except stretch pants.

  3. doesintensity | | #3

    On a pattern, corrections definitely have a very peculiar appearance. At the moment, I am working with a pattern for pants that was designed by Kathleen dordle Cheetham and included in a book titled Perfect Plus. I'll keep you updated on the situation as it develops.

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    MissyW76 | | #4

    Why not follow Kenneth King's pants fitting technique and his pants drafting method to customize a pattern to you! There is lots of information out there on what he does.

  5. kminturn | | #5

    Have a look at Fit for Art Patterns; Pants that Fit. The instruction book and their website offer extensive help in fitting the pattern.

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    tinylittlestitches | | #6

    I have had great success with the Top Down Center Out fitting method from the Summer 2022 issue. This approach fits holistically and automatically builds in the ability to fit for something like being wider higher up without a ton of adjustment needed. It also will make it less critical to find a pattern that is designed for your specific shape - you can make any pattern work.

    You don't say what size pattern you use, but if you fit their size range, I have heard a lot of rave reviews about Muna & Broad's pant block.

  7. katiesews | | #7

    I decided to save myself a lot of trouble and take a pattern from a worn-out old pair of Old Navy pants that fit me pretty well, which I cut apart. That at least gives a crotch curve and rise/length that I like to start with and I can make finer adjustments from there.

  8. thomasfrank | | #8

    I am very thin so choosing the clothes that suit me is very difficult. I Hope is achieve your goal soon. quordle

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