I want to thank you for your kind words in reply to my last post. After I hit "Publish" I thought... maybe it's not smart to blog angry. But I think its sometimes important for us bloggers to share our failures as much as our successes.
After a little thought, I think I may I found my pants fitting problem. In the original pair, I had taken in the side seams to get the perfect fit, so on my current pair I did the same. Now that I've had a little time to cool off and about it... I realize that I may have had already altered my paper pattern to reflect that alteration, and therefore ended up taking the seam in twice on my grey pair. No wonder they are too tight! So I've swallowed my pride, put on my big girl panties and ordered another 2 yards of the same grey fabric to try again. I'll get a perfect pair out of this failure after all!
My serger is still sitting without an installed needle. I have recently had it oiled, cleaned and tuned, and didn't have any issues until after I had re-threaded it with serger thread, but this is the first time changing the needle. It was my mother's machine, so I may ask her for advice. Maybe I have the wrong needle, or am installing it wrong. I'll let you know what I discover, but right now I'm still a little mad at it and am ignoring it.
So here is a little "thank you" from me to all you in the amazing, supportive sewing blog community: Parfait and Filbert in a basket! You all rock!