I learned something that really surprised me: Petite and Misses sizes are different shapes, not just different lengths, as I have always believed. I found myself between two sizes in pants, let’s just call them x Petite and y Petite. OK? Thanks. And the very-helpful salesperson at Coldwater Creek suggested that I get size x not-Petite, which she calls “Missy”. How can that be, I wondered? But she explained that the proportions are different all around.
So I bought them and had them hemmed (I have learned that we have a great tailor in Goffstown, at the organic cleaners!) and now I have some nice new pants that fit beautifully! (in the smaller size, to boot, as x < y)