UFO number two - done! Of course all I needed to do was add the closure to the center front of the waistband. There really wasn't much of an excuse to not complete these during the month of UFOs.
The pants are sewn using Burda 7762. A pattern I had originally purchased because I liked the double collar on the jacket. Seriously, check out the line drawing. A shawl collar on top of a notched collar. Cool detail huh?
Better yet, check out the photo of the jacket sewn over at Fehr Trade. Scroll down to the photo labeled "tuxedo inspired jacket."
If I'm so enamored with the jacket why did I sew the pants? That's easy. Pants are much quicker to sew than jackets. And I've been known to choose fast over detail. Plus I had just enough fabric left over from my Burda diagonal front wrap skirt for a pair of pants.
What I didn't realize is that the waist band is actually two separate pieces that overlap at the center front. They are attached at the side seams. Rather than add two buttons and buttonholes I sewed a hook and eye so the front will remain smooth if I choose to wear an untucked top.
With zero alterations, the pants fit as well as any RTW I've purchased. Not the best, but not horrible either. Next time I'll need a little more room at the upper hip, add a tiny bit to the crotch length, and shape the center back waistband. I added a seam after the pants were completed, because the band stood away from my body. I also noticed that apparently I didn't bother to match the stripes at the center back seam - oops. Amazing what a peek behind you will reveal.
All in all, the pants were simple to sew, fit okay, and will be worn occasionally.
Honestly though? When I can pick up pants at the thrift store for very little money (just got me a fabulous pair of Ann Taylor lined brown wool pants for $4) I'd rather spend my sewing time on dresses, skirts and jackets.