I made a muslin first of the size 38 with no alterations. This size was seemed like it might be big in the waist, but I wanted to be sure I could get it on over my hips. I figured I could make the elastic the correct size for my waist and I would be ok. When I got to the trying on stage, they were really big in the leg, so I took out a lot of volume, on the outside leg seams only and only below where the pocket seams were.
Here are photos of me in the practice pair, which I made in $2/yd stretch denim I got from the FabricMart brick and mortar.
I am not dissatisfied with how these look, but I am forever having to pull them up.
So then when I was going to make my "real" pair, I slashed the pattern and took 0.75 inch out of each pattern piece. when I tried on this pair, the legs fit much better, but they seemed a little tight in the torso. This pair also needed pulling up constantly. When I took photos of that pair, which I am reluctant to share, they seemed to somehow be simultaneously baggy and tight. The back bagged, but it also pulled in the crotch. I think I need to do a full tummy adjustment, because the tummy area is pulling too much of the pants fabric forward, making the back crotch too short.
OK, I will post the back view photos, but the front looks like a giant spotlight being targeted on my gut, so I will not post that one!
I really want to get this pattern to work out, I feel like these could be a great go to pant for my lifestyle if I can work out the fit issues. I am currently watching the Craftsy class Plus Size Pant Fitting, and will apply what I learn there to this pattern before I try again.
Here are some closeups so you can see my topstitching, etc. I could not see the topstitching very much on my first pair, so on my second, I used a stitch on my machine that basically lays 2 straight stitches side by side. This made the topstitching much more prominent.
This is the pocket of my second pair:
Front detail of the second pair: