Okay, let's focus on the good points. I spent some time playing with those patch pockets. On my next pair, I'll definitely make them wider since the pattern includes a one-size-fits-all piece that just moves further and further from the centre seam, but I don't think it's too bad here.
I lined the pockets in some quilting cotton you may recognize from here
, and trimmed them in some lace I found at a new-to-me Awesome Dollar Store in town. Which, incidentally, has a better stocked sewing section than our only local (crappy) fabric shop. OH RIGHT POSITIVITY. I CAN DO THAT.
I'm pretty proud of the topstitching here!
In regards to the pants themselves, it's not too bad, just obscenely big. As I mentioned before, I graded up a size 16 pattern to size 20
, which should've fit according to my measurements. In fact, this size "fits" slightly smaller than me, but I figured it was close enough and I only wanted 2 inches ease in the hips instead of the built in 3 inches. I've made these before, and they certainly didn't turn out this huge.
Although to be fair, I'm pretty sure I should've cut a size 18 instead of 16 back then.
Anyways, I'm just going to toss up all of the fitting photos I just took. Then I'm going to go dig through all of my pants fitting books and see what they suggest. The only thing I know for sure is that I definitely need to add two more darts to the back. Any suggestions by you folk would be mucho appreciated.
ETA: I guess I should add some context here. This is Simplicity 2367
, and I definitely don't want a wide legged trouser. I'd like it more fitted, closer to what it looks like when I literally pinch out 3-4 inches of fabric from the side seams. Believe it or not, but these leg pieces are 2-3 inches narrower than my previously considered Simplicity 2562
pattern. As in, each leg piece is 2-3 inches narrower.
So glad I didn't go with that one. I'm not sure if the leg width will be best resolved by just taking in the sides or if I should take in the inside seam too. Or just for the back pieces? I'm really not sure.
Like I said, any advice would be appreciated. HELP ME PLEASE!!!