By far the method that worked best for me was a pant fitting class offered some time ago by the NJ Chapter of the ASDP (Association of Sewing and Design Professionals) taught by Karen Bengtson (member of the Colorado Chapter). Karen based her techniques on the Joyce Murphy method of pants fitting using Joyce Murphy's pant block.
We then traced Joyce Murphy's pant block and transferred the recorded adjustments to the pattern we had traced. We then cut the pants out in fabric and sewed them. It was a 3 day class well worth the time and effort.
Goodness - they had a nice fit! Just a little bit of wrinkling below the derriere on the left (my left hip is lower) but it doesn't bother me at all. Woo hoo!
And now I am a happy camper!
Karen Bengtson still does pant fitting sessions so if you are interested, do contact her by emailing her at Karenssewunique at gmail dot com. If you want to try the method on your own, you can certainly do so. Check out Joyce Murphy's website where you can purchase the pant block. Joyce wrote 3 articles for Threads magazine which will assist you with fitting the pants: Issues 119, 122 and 139. By studying these articles, you can try her techniques and methods and see if they work for you. (By the way, I have no affiliate relationships with either Karen or Joyce.)
Joyce Murphy's pant block uses a European cut. I notice that the pattern has a different crotch shape and different crotch lengths for the front and back pattern pieces than do the Big 4. For my next post, I am going to explore why I think her pant block worked for me.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!