In order to keep myself humble — and prove that sewing is a skill, not a talent — allow me to present the Waste-of-two-days-and-three-yards pants:
I can’t even remember the last time I had a pair of pants that went all the way up to my belly button. I might have been in grade school. Admittedly, the pattern (McCall 3731) is older — but it only dates to the nineties and it’s a teen pattern. The silhouette here is pure seventies, right down to making me look way wider in the hip than I actually am.
While I’m on the subject, a rant — why don’t pattern companies make pants with a modern silhouette? I think I’ve tried them all. Since I know my body type isn’t off the rack, I’m fine with making adjustments to a pattern so that it will fit. However, most pattern adjustment rules say to add a half inch here or take out a half inch there. There are no instructions on how to add two inches to the back rise and remove them from the front, which is closer to the kind of adjustment I need — on pretty much every pair of pants. It is not that hard for me to find pants in stores that fit better than this.
Ok, rant over. I’ll start something else tomorrow, to wash away the bitter taste of failure.