Three days later, I go to put them on and get a very rude/depressing shock. They wont do up. Not difficult to do up... flat out WONT. My current ones and stretched with me, but a true copy of that size... didnt.
I've discovered the salve to that however. Today, I put the damned things on. They did up. Not without a bit of a fight, but they did up. Progress marked! It will be an even sweeter feeling when I need to get a belt for them, and finally when I have to completely downsize to a new pair.
Take THAT you blue cotton demonspawn!