My mistake was to order the pattern size based on my body measurements, not the finished garment measurements. According to my body measurements, I ordered a size large. According to the finished garment measurements, I would be happier with a 1X.
Besides that, I am very pleased with how these turned out. It was so nice to sew something that didn't take me a month and that turned out decently. I can't remember the last time that happened with a new pattern.
I had measured the rise of my best-fitting jeans and it was about twice as long as I interpreted the pattern to say the back rise of the Pinot Pants would be. Yet, when constructed, these hit at exactly the place I wanted. The front isn't bad; it could be an inch lower for ultimate comfort, but it isn't terrible.
The instructions for how long to cut the elastic were a little confusing, so I just cut it a little smaller than my waist. The waistband piece was too large, so I knew I would need a little gathering, anyway. Well, I would have been happier if I had added about a half inch to the elastic length. I wore these to sleep in last night, so they aren't terrible, but I'll remember for next time. Also, I didn't have the required width of elastic, so stitched a channel to hold the elastic at the top of the waistband.
And now for the photos that are for learning purposes only. My husband loves me wearing these pants, but I do not like the look.
Anyway, the front rise is great in that these are the only pants I have ever worn that did not sag at the front. It is less great in that it is a little tight against my crotch. Or maybe that would be fixed with more room in the inner thighs? I know nothing about fitting pants, but will learn.
The 28" inseam length was perfect with my walking shoes.That one leg is a quarter inch shorter than the other is entirely operator error.
Before I tackle any alterations suggested by the books for the drag lines I see, I want to alter the pattern to include a crotch gusset. I suspect that will affect fit, so I don't want to change anything else until that is how I want it. The tricky part will be knowing if any fit I want to change is being affected by the gusset or something else.
We'll see how far I get or if I'll be overwhelmed.
Also over the past month, I have cut three other shirts, which are partly sewn, traced two sizes of the Pinot Pants (I clearly won't be using the size medium), traced the size medium of the Paloma Blouse, and cut out these traced patterns (I seldom cut the original paper; another reason it takes me so long to make anything).
And now we are in the busy holiday season, so sewing will fit in wherever it does. After nearly two years, I don't have anything pressing I need to make - no work clothes, no underpants, no special occasion pieces, so I'm ready to relax a bit. I suppose I need a few transition season shirts and it would be nice to have something special for the holiday season, but if I go another year without these, I won't die. It's time to have some sewing without obligations or deadlines!