Over the weekend, I emerged from my pants-related funk determined to come out a winner. I carefully turned the lining inside out, unpicked the seams as close as i could get to the waistband, and restitched them near the zigzagged seam finish. i'd guestimate that this gave me another inch in the legs and 1.5" in the hips/seat area. then i hemmed the lining and the shell by hand and stitched on the hook closure at the waist.
i hope you'll forgive the pictures. black pants are the worst to try to photograph and i'm still trying to figure out my new flash and tripod.
so as i've mentioned before, it's a dangerous thing for me to go down the rabbit hole of anal retentive pickiness, but after my 4th try with Simplicity 2700 it's still not quite right. the side seams on the front of the pants pull just a little bit on the lined pair. they didn't on my previous run, so i must need just a little more thigh ease when i add a lining.
Most importantly, can i sit down? Answer: YES! well, pretty much. sitting and walking are fine. the only time the lining strains uncomfortably is when i crouch down. i pretty much have to hike up the pants and slowly move, otherwise i get that horrible "I think the thighs are about to rip" feeling in the lining. i definitely need to alter the pattern for the lining next time, and maybe invest in a stretch and/or just not super cheapo lining fabric. i also bought this book so that next time i won't just be flying by the seat of my pants. ha ha.
i remembered to take some pictures of the inside. in a perfect world i'd have black zippers and interfacing in my stash but since it doesn't show on the outside i can't bring myself to care all that much.
i loved the tip to use bias binding on the waistband facing. it makes such a nice-looking finish.
i'm most happy with the faux welt pockets. i never use back pockets but i feel like pants look so awkward without any sort of embellishment on the rear. i will definitely keep adding them to future pairs.
i might actually try a different pattern next time, just because i'm getting kind of sick of this one but it's nice to have a reliable pants block that works for me. i wore these pants all day yesterday and i'm happy to report that i didn't get the dreaded sag and bag in the rear which has happened too often with several other pairs i've made (and with store-bought pants as well). i should've known to trust ol' reliable wool. i recently bought a bunch of wool gabardine from fabric mart so hopefully i can make a few more work pants for winter.