I realized I was talking myself out of making these jeans and decided there was absolutely NO reason to be scared of jeans! So I decided that today was the day, and I went for it!
I decided on a size 16 based on the size chart and finished measurements. I hemmed and hawed over whether or not I should try to make adjustments to start but decided I should just muslin the pattern as-is since I've never sewn jeans.
Well, I made ONE adjustment; I knew not to trust those back pocket placement marks! However, after making them up, they need to be brought in closer to the center.
pretty perfect pockets! I have to find the link I use for making perfect pointed pockets...
I used the vertical placement of these jeans as a guide but didn't pay attention to the horizontal placement
Excuse my ragged self! LOL!
Need to remove a small wedge from CF
The thighs were tight. I need to give myself more thigh room which I assume will eliminate some of those lines (right? RIGHT?!?!)
Did you see the wavy yoke in the above photo? yeah, I need to take a couple tucks out of the yoke.
RTW jeans which are admittedly a little too snug, but the wrinkles from butt to knee are almost non-existent while the back knee wrinkles are present. I've seen these on a lot of RTW and handmade jeans and wonder if it's just a need for extra fabric to sit down.
Following the advice I've received so far (here and on IG!), I did a couple things...
L is completely right that you can't judge the fit completely without a waistband!! So I attached it and still had gaping. I took two 1/2" darts from the waistband and yoke and MUCH better.
Then I played around with the seam allowances.
I let the thighs out a little (this pattern has 1 cm seam allowance so about .39" so there wasn't much extra room). Well they looked even baggier. So then I went and took the sa to 1/2" from crotch to knee and pinned out a fish-eye dart (all changes to left leg only)
So then I let the SA back out to the smaller seam allowance. I kept taking larger fish-eye darts until I realized those remaining under-butt wrinkles may be due to needing a bit of an extension of the crotch point in back.
What say you?!? :)