Nothing flatters like a good fit. You can take the guesswork out of fitting pants by custom drafting your own pattern from the start with this article by Claudette Grant . It sounds complicated, but with a few simple measurements, a ruler, pattern paper, a pencil, and her map, it's as easy as working a crossword puzzle.
It doesn't take artistic or sewing skill to make a perfect pattern. You just draw a line, and along it, mark points that correspond to your body measurements; then square the lines. (Squaring means drawing a line at 90 degrees to the line containing a referenced point.) Just follow these steps until you have the pattern you've been looking for. It all starts with good measurements.
From Threads #134