I am slowly corrupting my friends. I was hanging out with some friends when one, S for this discussion, started talking about a pair of dress pants she had bought a year ago that didn't quite fit anymore. I immediately jumped in with the tale of altering my own dress pants with not too much fuss.
Success! She pulled them out, tried them on, and it turns out that all they need really is some taking in at the sides and hemming the legs. No problemo! So I'm now taking in the sides (by hand since my machine is still in box) and luckily they didn't need to come in too much. With how heavy the fabric is, I don't think I am going to split the fabric to press the seam open. It can probably be pressed to the side, not that there is much extra fabric in any case. The top edge of the dart only came in 1/4" folded. Her call really.
But I am totally excited that I am slowing spreading the idea of altering clothes to fit instead of buying new. Quick fixes that I can do with a needle and thread save money and the eco-downside of more new clothes. She has a sewing machine of her own, but she pretty much sews from scratch - not altering and mending existing clothing. Hopefully if these pants come out well she'll be hooked.