Now, on with it. For some reason, I initially traced and cut a 14 average. Uhmm. Ok. That tissue fitting showed that a 14 average was LAUGHABLE! No photos of that atrociousness.
I cut a 18 average here:
They were too tight though the front crotch area was the least sad of the three attempts at fitting. The thigh is way too tight though and my butt is eating the pants!
Then I thought maybe the seams just needed to be let out a bit (the pattern calls for 1 inch seams). But reducing the SA to 5/8" resulted in a catastrophe. No photos of that either.
So I cut the 18 curvy:
Overall, a better fit I think. The thighs are nice and relaxed, but then the crotch is doing something. And it looks like there's extra fabric under my butt.
Off to research!