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  The Truth About Your Pant Waistbands
Kathleen Spike
, CPPC, Coaching Works 


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How do you judge how loose or tight to make a waistband on the pants you sew for yourself? I spent 25 years specializing in designing, fitting and sewing pants for women. The system I recommend here worked on everyone, big or small waist, straight shape or curved shape, young or old, big or small. I recommend you give yourself at least 1/1/2" of ease in the waistband, even in elastic pants. A woman’s figure expands and contracts during a given day at least that much. You want to make the pants so they are comfortable in the waist ALL day, not just when you get up in the morning and before breakfast. The humane thing to do is to sew pants that have a forgiving ease in them so you love the pants all day.

How do you know what your waist measurement + 1 " really is. Take a day, any day that is not during your monthly cycle, and measure your waist in the morning, at lunch and after dinner. Record these. You may want to do this twice just for your clarity and affirmation. Each set of measurements will vary under this in non-scientific measuring situation. The after dinner measurement will be the final circumference of your new pants waistband. The morning measurement will be your actual body measurement. You will probably find "at least" a 1 " difference, maybe more. In making your analysis if your are more than 1 ", then you may want to give yourself 2" of ease over your morning measurement for the final number. If you did this measuring every day for 30 days you would be amazed at how your measurements jump around.l

Please let go of (get over) numbers having anything to do with your value, your worth, your self-esteem. These numbers are for pattern making and sewing. The beauty of "sewing your own" is they can be perfectly fitted in the waist, perfectly comfortable and compliment your shape as no ready-made pant can do. The numbers are essential to get your pant fitted well. If you ignore them you will in the end be frustrated with your results. It is possible the pant would fit in the morning and be cutting into your flesh after dinner. If these pants cut in at all, it becomes a constant signal that something is wrong, you or the pant. End that misconception forever by disconnecting yourself from the numbers and making beautiful pants that enhance you, support your positive self value and that you can wear throughout the day gracefully.

I have always wanted to wear the pants I put my time into sewing for at least five years. I purchase good fabric that will last, make all of the bands 1 " larger than my waist and in addition monitor my diet and exercise to match. It is a win win. For further help with your pants see "Pants Can Fit" by Kathleen Spike on the Get Creative Site. It will change your entire view of how to master sewing pants.

Please try the concept by purchasing the booklet at http://www.getcreativeshow.com/coaching_works.htm. When you have completed the pant, Kathleen would enjoy hearing your stops, blocks, frustrations with the instructions plus she would like to hear of your successes. You can reach her at spike@spikebizcoach.com. You may send your order by snail mail, fax,  or email,  however we are not secured for visa on email,  you can call your Visa # into  503-417-1895,

Happy Sewing. Kathleen

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