Here are the finished jeans. I am very pleased with how they came out. I have topstitched the heck out of them. The denim is quite thick and soft, so might be overkill for a July weekend but I'll still wear them.
I have existing pieces in red, cream and navy which could be worn with the jeans but I am still planning to sew some other pieces, and you never know it might turn into enough of a wardrobe to be my entry on the PR wardrobe contest.