When you wake up with the opening song from To Wong Foo in your head, you know a) you need more Patrick Swayze in your life and b) it may not be a good day, but it will be a *fabulous* one. Bring on the glitter eyeliner.
Alas, my muslin / vomit green sage suiting version of the Hello, Sailor! pants are a bust due to my tree trunk of a waistline and the much dreaded camel toe that the tightness throughout my nether regions resulted in. Sigh. Light colored suiting seems especially prone to this. Next try: going a size bigger and going with my usual natural tendency to do 3/8″ seams rather than forcing myself to do 5/8″ ones. Also, the characteristic bib type opening of the sailor pants as depicted in the pattern does have a certain kind of charm, but my buttonholes still aren’t quite ready to be up front and center in any garment. Saying screw it and doing grommet lace up closures on both sides with a button or two in the waistband on each side at the top. On another go around I want to try expanding on the idea of the bib-ish-thing of the original pattern and instead of having its weird long underwearesque fold down opening, make the whole front half + front waistband of the pants fold down in the same way with buttons along that side edge.
The way I learn is to expose myself to enough instances of the thing I’m trying to grasp that I gradually, subconsciously observe the patterns involved. My current Theory of the Pants Fly Feature is that it has to open up to the widest point of the hip but if it does that, it can open up and reattach almost anywhere along that waistline and fasten in almost any way as long as it’s sturdy. Experimentation to come.
(image borrowed from here: http://imgur.com/gallery/AqnB2)