Body type B

Started 8 years ago. There are 5 replies by 5 different members. The latest reply was from holycityphilly.
  1. Hi, I am a body type B - my waist is about 10 inches smaller than my hips - I have problems finding pants that don't gap in the back at the waistline. I am size 4 - any tips on where to shop? Also I'm 49 yrs old and don't want to shop the juniors department! D. in PA

  1. Hi Dora, welcome to the forum! Can't help much with the sizing, but for pants, did you know that tailors can take in the waist? Buy pants that fit you in the hips and get the waist resized. It's pricier than hemming, but maybe worth it for a few good-quality pairs that really fit! I've also had good luck with lower-rise pants -- not super low, but if they're meant to hit below your natural waist, the size difference between your waist and hips won't matter as much. Good luck!

  2. I have the same problem as a B. I will also be watching for replies! I think that's one of the reasons I like my walking/exercise pants so much...but of course, can't wear those all the time!

  3. I saved two helpful responses from a forum question about this "back gap" issue (from 2011): 1. I turn the jeans inside out and made a small slit to the inside of the waistband in 2 spots about 6 inches apart then I ran a piece of elastic (wider so it lays flat) stitched it on one side and then pulled it so it had a gather and stitched shut the other side. It draws in the gap and helps the waist to fit snug. 2. I use twill tape to pull in the extra, similar to using elastic. With this method, you can take in 1-1 1/2 inch which is usually enough without having the gathered look. I mark 12" across the back of the jeans and then mark each quarter. I use a chalk pencil, but a sliver of soap or pins would work as well. Then I cut a piece of twill tape. The finished length will be shorter than 12", 10 3/4" for me; it might vary for you. Cut it longer than the finished length to give you a tail on each end to help pull it into position. Mark the finished length on the twill tape and then quarter mark it as well. Match up the marks on the twill tape to the jeans, pulling on the twill tape to fit, and pin. Whip stitch by hand on both sides of the twill tape. This usually takes me 1/2-1 hour, but I do it while I "watch" TV, so it doesn't seem like a chore. When you get to the ends of the twill tape, trim it 1/4-3/8 inch beyond the mark, turn the ends under so you have a clean finish and stitch down. I've used the elastic fix because my weight often fluctuates, and I've had good results. At 50, I'm not ready yet for all elastic waist pants! Marie in WNY

  4. Bethann, I wear walking/exercise pants most days also. I bought mine from Lands End. I even wear them to work. McBe63, I'm looking for dress pants and jeans that won't gap in the back. Thanks for the tip. I was going to try to have a tailor put elastic in the waist in my shorts last summer. Never got around to it! I'll try this! Thanks to all of you for your responses.

  5. Cyberdora, I'm also a B - a borderline tall B. I find the best fit currently at Eddie Bauer with their curvy fit pants. I can also find some curvy fit pants at J.C. Penney and some pants that fit well at J Jill. Banana Republic also has some pants that fit my shape. I hope that helps.

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