I have made my first pair of jeans using McCalls 9233 View D size 18. I have used the same pattern to make trousers as well. I am reasonably happy with the jeans but there are a couple of fit problems and I would like some advice please. I have a protruding tummy and, I think, a flat seat. The top half of me (above the waist)is still a size 14 and I have reasonable legs – not fat like my tummy.
I have attached some pictures so that you can see what I am talking about because I don’t think my words alone explain the problems.
I think the crotch depth and curve are O.K. but you will see that I have a bit of extra fabric below the tummy in the front and a lot of extra fabric below my bum at the back. Does anyone have any suggestions as to the cause of the problem and also how to fix it.
Do I need to do a “flat seat” alteration? I understand that that alteration goes the full length of the pants. I need the width to go around my tummy and bum so I would need to add to the pattern there – correct? If so, how?
The other problem is the pockets. When I was making the jeans (and the same with trousers) I match the pocket edge with the side seam of the pants. In the photo the pocket obviously pulls the side seam. Does that mean that the pocket edge doesn’t really sit level with the side seam even though all the instructions say that it should. It looks to me like I need to make the pocket a bit wider/longer?? at the side edge or otherwise the pocket side seam should not be level with pants side seam. Any suggestions would be appreciated.