I had traced out the back of this pattern earlier this summer when I was comparing the shape and size of three different pants patterns. I was initially going to use this black and navy checked ponte to make another pair of Simplicity 1696 but in a knit, but I'm still not convinced that that pattern is fitting as well as I would like. I finally got around to tracing the front of this Lutterloh one as it is drafted for a knit fabric and I could have a go at my first Lutterloh pants pattern.
I ended up having to take the pants in 1" at each side to below the hips, tapering to the knees. This could be a design change because of the pockets on the original version. They were possibly intended to be a bit baggier than how I like to wear my pants. There is no way to tell from the fashion drawing because the top of the pants are hidden by a long blouse. With my alterations they are not tight but they do skim my body. They are definitely not as tight as leggings.
The elastic gapes a tiny bit at the top because it is stiff and because it is all one piece it is straight up and down over my curves. Therefore, when I make my next pair I will do the waistband a little differently. I will use the curved back waistband from Simplicity 1696 for both my front and back. I will also cut the elastic in two pieces instead of one so that I can shape it at the side seams. On a second look that is how it is done on the Nygard leggings.
So my final judgement? This Lutterloh pattern worked as well for me as any other pants pattern does. I still don't have the confidence to know what makes a perfect fitting pair of pants, other than I know it when I see it, usually on someone else. I don't know if something should be tighter or looser or adjusted in some other way, and it doesn't help that I can't see myself walking away in whatever I am fitting. You can only check out so much looking over your shoulder in a mirror and you certainly can't see how the garment moves. Maybe I need a videographer to follow me around when I am sewing and fitting! lol