Big fat failure.
I hate making pants.
To be fair, though, these trousers were a ufo from almost two years ago. Early on in my sewing adventures I decided to have a go at making pants. I used Simplicity 2700, a trouser pattern from the Amazing Fit collection. Being a total novice, I was completely undaunted by the idea of fitting trousers. I remember thinking I should cut a size larger- that way I wouldn't have any issues with being too snug in the hip and thigh. I figured I could then just spend some time taking them in at all the right places. Fit issues solved, right?
Yikes! Posted only for the good of the group.
Anyway, that's not how it worked out. When I started these, however many months ago, I pretty much finished everything except the waistband. They were hanging in my closet unfinished because I mistakenly thought I still had to do the fly. I didn't realize that I had actually already sewn the fly, just not the waistband. My two-year-ago-sewing-self didn't do a half-bad job on the fly. Not necessarily good, but not horrible. They are made from very lightweight denim- no stretch.
Let's compare to my favorite pair of jeans. I think it's interesting to see the two side by side. I know that the main reason the trousers on the right don't work is the size. I went up a size and I shouldn't have. Also, the fact that they are trousers is a factor. The fit is different than a normal pair of jeans. Trousers are less fitted through the upper thigh and hip. They hang from the bum while jeans conform a little more. I don't like my jeans to be super tight. Also, my favorite pair of jeans has an awesome knee dart and triangle shape insert below. I'd love to be able to come up with a pattern for that. Have you ever seen anything like that in a commercial trouser pattern before? Also, why is the fly reversed?
There may be too many differences for true comparison, but here are a few observations on Simplicity 2700 anyhow; rise is too high (combined with the larger size means the crotch hangs too low), something is off with the crotch depth (don't ask me about crotch length, I have no clue) and the waistband is perfect for a Lego person. On the plus side, I feel like these would work well in a heavy, drape-y wool. Something with a bit of stretch. I like the double dart included in the "curvy" version. I think the darts help with the fit above the bum, though I'm not particularly happy with the rear view.
Oh well. Moving on. Every sewing experience is just that, I guess- a little more experience.