Well anyway soon after that post, help arrived in the form of my sewing superhero. Melanie from M* (cool lady, cool blog, awesome name - he he!), wrote up an entire post showing me in step-by-step photos and drawings how she felt I could best save the pants. Needless to say I was totally blown away by the time and effort she put into this tutorial (in fact I was only just thinking she could perhaps set up a regular "help" desk for people in similarly sticky situations ;)
I had already purchased some denim thinking I would create two pairs of pants, each with an alternating leg. But in the end, especially given the weight of denim compared to the cotton of the animal print making an alternating pair feel a bit uneven, I have gone with Melanie's suggestion and added two side panels to the pants.
Unfortunately I realised late last night that the difficult pattern I was initially following also called for an added waistband! I mean seriously, could these pants get any more complicated?! Of course I had none of the animal print left so I have had to attach a waist band made out of the denim. Not an ideal fabric to be making a waistband out of I must add but so far so good.
Add to that all the fun of trying to fit them on an 18 month old who quite literally NEVER STOPS and I've now got myself one (slightly stressed out) pair of pants!
Right, now to boost my ego for a bit with some simple stuff like a pin cushion (this lovely lady has taken all the leg work out of finding the ideal pattern)!