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From: h2ofitchef
Date: 04-11-2007, 03:11 PM (1 of 3)
I have a pair of shorts (plain elastic waist) that I want to cut up and use for a pattern for pj shorts. The shorts are old and I know I want to shorten the rise to make the waist sit just below the belly button instead of above the belly button. Can I just cut the difference off the top or does it need to come out of the waist to hip area?

User: h2ofitchef
Member since: 09-28-2006
Total posts: 14
From: plrlegal
Date: 04-11-2007, 05:18 PM (2 of 3)
Since the shorts you are going to use for a pattern are elastic waist I would guess they are pretty much the same size from the crotch area to the waist so I would just take ever how much you need to off the top (starting at the waist) and cut them down as low as you want (allow enough to turn down a new elastic casing at the top -- at least 1-1/2 to 2") at the point where you want them to hang off the hip area. I'm sure some of the other ladies probably have a little better idea than this.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: bridesmom
Date: 04-12-2007, 09:15 PM (3 of 3)
That's what I'd do too.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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Member since: 01-21-2004
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