I began with my measurements, and then took an extra anti-depressant. Using B 6061, a size 14+ and extra length on my waistband, I sewed View A exactly as drafted. These shorts are semi-fitted and tapered...and cut rather long for shorts.
I ended up with some shorts that were wearable, and some practice in a fly front and a waistband. My track record for those skills is poor, so I was happy to use a pattern and fabric I was not invested in. Using my measurements, I ended up with shorts which could be taken off without unzipping! So, I altered the waistband, removed the button and sewed over the buttonhole, chopped off 2+ inches of the hem.
Now they stay on my hips!! (note for other frugalistas-the tee is an old LLBean turtleneck I remade.)
Feeling pretty sassy, I bought some other shorts patterns and planned a new attack. This time I used some twill form Hancock's and M 7165 ViewA.
Why did I cut sizes 14 and 16, except that is what the measurements indicate. After basting, I saw that a 16 gives me enough room through my hips, but is too big near my waist. Again, lots of alterations to make the waistband fit...and then adjust the pockets which got pulled off grain.
This length is good for my height, and I like the fabric. I did a much better job on the fly front and waistband, though I still need to be more precise with edge stitching and stitch in the ditch.
It's fun to work on technique and have some samples which ae wearable. :-)
These 2 patterns fit me as well as can be expected without a muslin. The crotch is good, the waistband doesn't cut into me and the overall shape is nice. Tight clothes do not feel good in desert heat so while I could go a bit more fitted, I don't want to.
Here is something interesting-I don't know what to do about that dent in my right butt cheek (thanks Woodrow, for dumping me onto lava rock and then running back to camp).
Finally, here are the interior shots of the zipper etc.
Take away knowledge: fly front mastered, waistbands better, love both pocket styles, both shorts hemmed at 13" outseam with 3 1/2" inseam on B6061 and 2 1/2" inseam on M7165.
I highly recommend taking the time to PRACTICE.