1. Made the mid-rise instead of low rise. I like this waistline much, much better, although somewhere in between the two might be closer to perfect.
2. Swapped the straight waistband for a curved one which I knew fit me (from Burda 9-2009-113).
3. Did some extra interfacing (both sides of the fly).
4. Lengthened the legs by three inches. This may not even be enough if they shrink much.
Making these was pretty straightforward since I feel like I've sewn a hundred pairs of jeans now, mostly for my boys. Have you ever taken in the waistband on a pair of boys' jeans? I did once, and prefer to make them from scratch instead.
Total cost of jeans: about $7.00
Stretch jeans: Jalie 2908
Stretch denim: fabric.com
Snap button: cleaner's supply
Rivet heads: grommet mart [These are great rivets, but I can't get the pins to bend, so I used the cheap Dritz pins with them instead].
Rivet pins: Dritz