On this list was trousers. These seem to strike fear into the hearts of most sewers - who look at their own fit hypercritically - while perhaps not quite realising RTW can be just as unflattering.
I decided to use a very basic pattern because that has a clearly defined waist line, and hipline and no interfering factors to detract from the problems of working out how to fit pants. I used a Palmer Pletsch pattern developed for McCalls. It is not fashionable, it does not have lots of style lines and distractions and is a great way to start making pants and to learn.
*Choosing a style that suits you (ladies with big hips and thighs - the classic pear - do not look good in skinny jeans, ladies with large tummies are better off with flat front trousers - and so on. I have some recent posts about body shape, so please refer to them:
*Practicing the actual making of trousers - trying to learn how to sew trousers and how to fit trousers all at once is quite daunting. Try to not be critical of your first attempts - make a muslin and fit that as best you can, and then make up the pants. That way you will get practice and over time you will improve.
*Congratulating yourself for your attempts and if you are not happy with them entirely, to view the experience as a step in learning. You can learn something from each pair of trousers you make. I would also recommend putting them aside for a few days and then try them on again - especially after you have gone looking for something better in RTW and found nothing - you may then be pleasantly surprised by how good your work it.
I went through a run of practicing all sorts of shapes and styles in order to work out what looked good. I knew classic trousers worked for me, but of course I also wanted to wear high fashion - which does not work for me - so, you see, choosing the right style is so important.
Don't get disheartened when the trousers are still half made up - they always look better finished and being worn with other clothes. I'll bet you wouldn't like a lot of trousers in the fitting room either, but you know that they will be worn with other garments - please extend yourself the same courtesy with your sewing. Wear your new trousers with other garments and with pride.
Remember that while you want a "perfect fit" that no such thing really exists - a lot of what we see are airbrushed images with absolutely no movement or wrinkles. If you look at garments being worn in real life you will find a lot more variation in the look and movement of trousers/pants. So, practice getting a good fit, not perfection in fit.