Alright, I need to talk this out with some costume makers because this post pertains to Yukata undergarment measurements.
I have dropped from a American Size 22W to an American Size 18 regular. Progress aside, I keep measuring my waist and hips every time I drop a pants size, but it just gets confusing. For example - When I took my tape measure and measured my hips, I still get 51 Inches. My waist is about 43 inches. By those measurements, I should be wearing much bigger pants, but when I put the size on, it's too big and I go back to my Size 18 pants.
My biggest problem - body-shape-wise is that I have the same short, stocky, and apple-shaped body my grandmother did before she died. She was an American Size 14 when she died, so I know I can safely drop to that weight.
My biggest problem - besides the short, stocky, and apple-shaped body - is that the measuring tape says one thing, but pants size says another. Because my Yukata undergarments and Yukata will be custom-made, I need to know if I'm measuring myself wrong or if it's something else. If it turns out I'm measuring wrong, then I'll probably get a female co-worker at Belk to correctly measure my waist, hips, and bust. If I really am that big and those measurements are true, then how in the world am I fitting into pants smaller than what my current measurements are?
This is kinda confusing. However, I realize that even if I do lose weight, I will still need items custom-made for me.