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I am making a pair of pants for my friend and this is my first pair of pants. He says that he buys size 36" waist pants, but when I have done all the measurements, his waist is size 40. I know he buys size 36 as I have gone shopping with him! I have Burda pattern 7046.

My question is this, how do I cut the pattern? Do I follow the industry standard 36? Or do I cut the pattern for a 40" waist? How does the Burda pattern compare when making pants? He also has a soccer butt and how do I make the pants look good and fit right?

Are there any tips you could pass on to me as well, to make my fist pair of pants worthy of being worn, without looking ill fitting? Thanks for any help!


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    Aug 17, 2014, 11.20 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Men’s shop-bought trousers are usually about 3" bigger in the waist than the size says (so I have read) so it might be a good idea to measure the waistband on his trousers and compare it with the sewing pattern. If a soccer butt is what I think it is, he’ll probably need bigger-than-usual darts at the back, just like women do if they have a curvy bottom. It’s always a good idea to do a toile.

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    Aug 18, 2014, 06.56 PMby Tigggr

    Thank you for the tips! I think what I will do, is do a quick mock up of the pattern in a 40 and see how the sizing works!

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    Aug 18, 2014, 08.45 PMby bjr99

    Always go by the persons meaurements. Sizes can differ from company to company. Glad you are doing a muslin. Always do a muslin for someone else.

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