I've always been confused about hip measurements and sewing. The directions are to measure around the widest part, which is my butt. I know that's an important measure to have, but where exactly are my hips? And what do they measure? The hip is above the crotch, but where exactly? And I'll still need to add width below the hip in order for my rear end to fit. So confusing!
Recently I finally found an answer in black and white. It was something like, High hip is 7" below waist, Full Hip 9" below waist. This is what I'd been doing--finding the pattern's hip, measuring it, comparing the two--but now I had proof that I was right. lol