Awesome, right?!? Thank you, Connie!!! As you know, I am a bit of an Ottobre addict, so as soon as they arrived I traced off a pair of pants and went to work.
These are from the 02/2006 issue, model #11. It is a nice basic pant pattern with wide legs, fitted through the torso and a shaped waistband.
Here they are tucked in, so you can see the whole pant. The waistband is fairly wide and high, which I really like. It falls about 2 inches below my actual waist.
The legs are cut straight down from the hip, so there is plenty of volume there. I really like this shape for me, as it balances my fuller bustline. They are also quite comfortable to wear.
The fabric I used is a semi sheer linen from FabricMart, so I lined the pants with Ambiance. They feel lovely on. The pocketing and facings are poly/cotton batiste.
I'm pretty pleased with the fit, although this is a more forgiving style in that regard. I decided to forgo a muslin and just compared the pattern pieces to another pant pattern that fit well. Alterations I made were to lengthen the rise 1 inch both back and front, scooped out about 1/2 inch in the back crotch and 1/4 inch in front, as well as lengthening the back crotch hook 1/4 inch. After the pants were assembled (but not lined or faced) I took an additional inch off at the CB waist. The waistband is seamed, so this was an easy fix to make.
Between the comfortable, loose fit and the soft, breathable fabric, I think these pants are going to be a wardrobe favorite, and I'll definitely be making this pattern again.