Next I marked the length I wanted the fringe to come up to in the front and back. (there's a tiny line down there on the center back (CB) seam)
Step 2: Take it off the dress form & cut the waist in the round - in otherwords, don't cut through both layers at once, cut it all the way around as if it were still on the form.
My waistline is about 1" below the waist line on my dressform, so I cut right on my line, but the rope represents where you want the waistband to fall when it's complete, so if you are using your own body to measure it, be sure to add 1" - 1.5" above the rope line as seam allowance for your waistband.
LESSON LEARNED ONE: I had planned to have the front shorter than the back, but I don't think I had quite enough difference in height between them & somehow my curve was dipping at the side seam. I think next time I'll mark this before I sew the waistband, or mark the 4 CF, CB & SS points with a hem marker, then connect the dots.