I read a few blog entries by people who made the trousers, which was reassuring and provided extra insight. I'm overall pretty pleased with my stitching. I'm getting more precise, although I'm far from sewing as straight as I'd like. :) The Papercut pattern is super clear and detailed. The zipper fly instructions were way better than those from the drop crotch from the book, same goes for the side pockets. And the welt pockets turned out to be actually quite easy to make!
I made many photos and even a video of the welt pocket process, so you can stalk me on twitter to find them. I was complimented several times on how professional they look. I think it's the welt pocket effect. It's just such a neat feature.
I have nothing against the elasticated back. It gives a more relaxed feel to the design but I don't mind (some bloggers had more reservations about it). And it was a blessing in disguise because the trousers turned out a bit too big, which I could help by snipping a good 5 cm off the elastic band. A few bloggers said the pattern ran a bit large and advised to size down one size, but I am so terrified to sew something too small (my first sewing project from a pattern, 15 years ago, turned out too small and unwearable).
Here's the turquoise bias from the inside. I also hand stitched the lining around the zipper (I have to say I had no idea how I'd do it until it was sewn in place at the waist and I could fiddle with the fabric) and it turned out pretty neat!
I could use my new hemming foot to sew a minuscule rolled hem on the silk lining. It's so cute. Difficult to get the hang of it, but no one is going to inspect the finishing of the lining inside my pants, so I figured I'd give it a go.
The actual longest bit was hemming. So difficult to get it even! Math helped me for a solid hour until we finally got it. Doesn't help that I have scoliosis and a leg longer than the other! Also, the tapered legs make it fiddly to hem without distorting the fabric.
Anyway, I'm proud as a peacock. They're the best tailored trousers I've ever owned, I think (albeit a bit big. I need a belt).