Added Jan 17, 2011
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The first step is to measure your waist, where you would like the waistband to hit. To find your waist, bend to one side and feel for the deepest indent. Measure the width of your front waist from side seam to side seam. Measure the width of your back waist from side seam to side seam.
Next you’ll measure the same widths about 2-3 inches lower (or however wide you would like your waistband to be) from that spot. Our bodies are round and curved, which is why this second circumference will be a couple of inches wider.
Record these measurements, adding seam allowance to each one. I add 1/4" seam allowance to my measurements but you can add up to 5/8" if you wish.
Front Waist: 14" (divide by 2 and add 1/4") = 7 1/4"
Back Waist: 13" (divide by 2 and add 1/4") = 13 1/4"
Front Waist Lower: 16" (divide by 2 and add 1/4") = 8 1/4"
Back Waist Lower: 18" (divide by 2 and add 1/4") = 9 1/4"
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