First I would like to thank Liana for leaving me a link in the comments to a much better sounding elastic waistband method than the Threads version I tried earlier this week. I almost made a pair of these this afternoon, I was so tempted by this link, but somehow developed some fortitude and went back to my disastrous Jalie 968 jeans.
Jeans do not suit me, and I do not like wearing them, but later this week, I am working at a charity event for 4 days, where the dress code for "officials" is a red boxy polo shirt given ordered for the event(I plan to adjust these later) and denim jeans, so I have to wear them. In previous years I have bought cheap nasty jeans from Big W, that do not fit,then thrown them away after the event, as despite Vicki and Brmm leaving me some possible sources for good jeans in Australia, my pants resistant figure remains highly difficult to put into this type of garment.
I have lightened these photographs a lot to show the wrinkles, as, although these are as well fitting as I can get them, and remarkably comfortable, there are still lots of problems. (All the nice topstitching was done with Robin's terrific jeans twinstitching needle, all the other topstitching is all my own fault)
I expect the jeans to be a bit wrinkly at the crotch, but am not at all happy with the inner leg seam. It twists to the front all along the leg, and the inner side seam ends up almost in the front of the foot.
I am not sure why this happens. I know there is plenty of room at the back of the thigh and in the calf. If I pull the back thigh fabric in, the twist improves, but then I cannot sit down in the jeans.
I have taken these jeans in a lot at the side seams. You can see that I can no longer use the front pockets as the opening is so small.
I am wondering if pants fitting is a bit like top fitting. In tops, I use a small size to fit my shoulders, then increase for my bust. I am wondering if the hip measurement I frequently read about - measure the widest part of your hips even if it is actually below your hips (eg booty or thighs) and use this to pick the pattern, is right for me. I think with my next attempt, I will use my actual hip measurement, across the bony pelvis, then enlarge for the necessary areas. Unfortunately I do need another pair of jeans by Thursday. Wish me luck!