Well, soon after I blogged about them I discovered that after about an hour of sitting, they looked less like that and more like I was trying to beat Eminem in a baggy pants competition.
This has been a long-time issue for me. Jeans that fit in the store would stretch out to be two sizes too big. But then when I try to compensate for this and buy pants that are a little small in the store, they end up not stretching at all! No one wants a muffin-top!
Now that I'm making my own pants, I feel like I should have more control over this issue. Problem is, how do you know about fabric recovery before you buy? And if you get stuck with a fabric that stretches beyond what even seems possible and doesn't go back, how do you deal with that after you've already sewn everything up?
In the case of my red pants, I pinched out the excess left after a day of sitting, unpicked the waistband at the side seams only, removed said excess fabric at the outside sideseams (I was not going to mess with the inside seams and crotch curve), and tried them on. I wore them that way for a couple of hours around the house, found that they were still growing (!!) and took out more at the side seam. All in all, I would say each leg piece was taken in by almost 3/4", which means the hip measurement was reduced by 3 inches and each thigh area by 1.5". Then I fixed the waistband accordingly, tapering the decrease to nothing at the top of the waistband, which has stayed appropriately snug, I'm guessing due to the interfacing and seam there (though don't ask me why this does not apply to the whole waistband, because I don't know. These pants are a mystery.)
I would love to avoid having to make and unmake pants in the future in order to deal with this. I may try making the pants minus the waistband, staystiching the top where the waistband would go to mimic the stability a seam would provide, and then watching a movie in the pants. Anyone have any ideas? Or are you plagued by your own endlessly growing pants issues?