I've been making a pants pattern for a pal for... about .... over a year. We'd kind of run aground before the pandemic, and ya know how 2020 worked.
So I was happy to hear from her again about continuing work on that pattern. The goal was to make a pair of dress pants for work that had the ability to expand a couple of inches in the afternoon for stomach issues, and snap back when gastric issues had passed.
Coincidentally, these pants needed to have the zipper replaced, and I think the expansion waistband assembly on these Lands End guys jeans may work for her. And myself as well.
I really think this is the direction we're going to go.