So, remember how nothing fits and I’m pulling my hair out because of it? That appears to be an ongoing project, as a rifle through my “things left half finished from ages ago” pile to find things to work on shows that with the exception of one or two things, nothing’s worth finishing now because it won’t fit. This is incredibly frustrating, because I’ve put time and effort into making something, and it’s all for naught.
But this has also prompted me to retake my measurements, and realize that I’ve been taking the waist measurement wrong for years. A little googling later, and I realize that I’m quite short waisted, which I’ve never accounted for before. I’ve always taken my waist measurement several inches lower (where I assume a normal rise waist would be) and ignored it because it didn’t fit with the rest of my measurements. (Bad seamstress, I know.) A good proportion of the time, my ignoring the waist measurement means that what I’m making doesn’t fit right, amplifying the frustration. (This also explains why most of my pants are unflattering, if they fit at all, and why dresses that have a higher waist tend to look fantastic and fit considerably better than dresses with lower waists.) This is quite the epiphany for me — I know what to do with my patterns now, though I’m a bit sheepish it took me this long to figure it out.
For the curious, here’s what the consensus of the internet says about waist length. To find your natural waist, bend to the side (left or right); your natural waist is where the crease between your bust and hips forms. For a quote unquote normal length waist, your natural waist should fall about two hands breadths below your underbust. If your waist is closer to your bust, you’re short waisted; farther away, you’re long waisted. Complicating the matters is the rise (length from natural waist to crotch) — the internet is of minimal help about how to determine this, but this post by Angie at You Look Fab may help elaborate on that. (See also her post on long waistedness.)
I’m sure there’s a pile of so called rules that I’m supposed to follow to flatter a short waist, but I’ve no idea what they are (and even if I did, I suspect I’d be less than beholden to them. Following rules for how I should dress is not something I’m keen on). Any ideas, though? If you’re short waisted, what works for you?