I'm ready for something upbeat, like a pair of teal jeggings. Are you with me?
Shams' two pairs of pants inspired me to give Vogue 8859 a try. Hers fit more loosely about the thighs, but mine have the semi-jegging look of the pattern envelope. I think it is useful to assess a pattern by looking at it on different women. We are both 5'5" tall with 38" hips, but shaped very differently. See this photo of the two of us side by side. I made a size 14 overall, but let out the side seams slightly; she made a size 14/16. Our pants are roughly the same size.
Notice that the side seam is moved toward the front--a flattering look for most women.
Shams shows option 1 and the full option 2 pleats on her blog.
Honestly, I thought this was going to be a wadder because it felt so tight when I pulled it on. But, it loosened up after a few minutes and fits perfectly now. I only wish that I had used a shorter piece of elastic at the waist. The pattern suggests that you cut a piece of elastic that fits comfortably and then zig-zag it around the waistband twice. When you stitch through most elastics, they loosen up. Now I'm glad it is tight enough to stay up without the elastic. :-)
Look at the lovely yarn from my current knitting project. It includes yarn from my three favorite yarn shops, Slipt Stitch in El Segundo, Twist Yarns of Intrigue in Manhattan Beach, and Artfibers in San Francisco.