Well, I trust I will get there but the mishap with the hoover yesterday and the return to the fracture clinic tomorrow means that my prep is currently mental (that could be taken two ways!) I have made M5142 several times, in standard denim, stretch denim and on the bias. Easy enough pattern and, Morgan, we have means of getting rid of the "baggies" if they appear in the fitting! As for crotch alterations, my seam ends up like a low letter U with a wide base.
As I mentioned on the forum I have some spare rivets and will try to upload some photos as there are a couple of styles.
I was thinking of the Betzina jeans but am doubtful about the extra pockets - will they add too much to the original, enormous hips or should I even bother because I don't wear things tucked in? I also have the Jalie pattern traced and ready to fit and that has some excellent reviews. Oh, decisions, decisions.