The most comfortable, flattering, best-fitting jeans I’ve ever owned was when I was pregnant. I wore those things every single day of both pregnancies. Well, almost. I love those jeans so much that I have seriously considered getting pregnant again, JUST so I can wear those jeans again. Then I learned to sew…
As you can see, I have tried wearing these jeans long past the disappearance of the baby weight by using large safely pins to gather up the sides of the paneling. Obviously, I wear long shirts of them.
I haven’t worked with ribbed knit yet so I had to pull out a skirt I bought with a ribbed knit waistband just to see which direction the ribs should be going (up and down, it turns out). I cut a band about 3 inches wide and a few inches shorter than my waist, folded it in half and sewed it to the top of the jeans.
They’re not as tight as I would like, especially when going from sitting to standing (I need to do a big yank up), but short of adding a drawstring (which might not have been a terrible idea) they are perfectly wearable and still totally flattering!