PatternReview reviews were so helpful — I read and reread people’s posts, and they helped steer me towards making the size 6. (I did still dither a lot, and I double checked by measuring the pattern pieces, but I can’t seem to avoid that yet.) I have 27.5″ waist and 37″ hip measurements, whereas the size 6 is listed for 23″ waist and 32.5″ hip measurements, but the size 6 fits perfectly. Ease city!
This version was my wearable muslin, but I didn’t end up needing to make any modifications so this is straight off the pattern. Even the pant length is not too bad — I’m 5’2″ and they do pool a little at my heels, but not so much that I’m stepping on my pants all the time. It is funny how low the knee darts (which I love!) end up on my calves, but I love the shape too much to want to try shortening them.
I like that even though these are elastic waist pants, the front waistband is flat. (When I bought the pattern, I actually didn’t realize that there was elastic in the back since I’m terrible at reading the information right there on the pattern envelope.)
Since I sewed most of the leg panels together without the topstitching so I could adjust the fit if needed, I ended up doing a lot of topstitching all at once, and that saved me from having to switch between my topstitching and regular thread a few times. You might notice that I ignored the instruction to topstitch at 1/2″ from the seam. Instead, I eyeballed arbitrary amounts from my presser foot — I think these are at about 1/8″ or 1/16″.
Here’s my fancy styling: cuffed like Cat in a Wardrobe! 😀 These are made with linen, so I’m excited to try wearing them somewhere hot and mosquitoey and seeing if such huge pants really do keep me cool. All my life, I’ve worn shorts and smaller shirts when it’s hot, and it’s only been recently that I’ve noticed that people bring out the maxi dresses and giant linen things in the summer. It doesn’t make sense to me, but maybe it will once I try!
Styling disclaimer: I don’t have the guts to wear these pants with a cropped shirt in real life; I just wore this shirt for pictures so you could see the waistband. 😀