I am short (5’1″) and have an “S” shape –belly out in front, but out in back. I have found that if I hold the tape measure around my hips out far enough in front to incorporate the belly pooch–it’s about 49″. I have made elastic waist pants with this method and the results are pretty good. However, I do love the look of the 1940’s pants with large front pleats. First of all, will this look be unflattering to a short, wide person? And second of all, I wonder if my method will work, cutting the hips larger?