They are elasticated at the back and have the drawstring front. This will allow for the fluctuations in my waist size that can happen over a day. The body is nice and long so feels really comfortable, I don't like waistbands that don't reach my waist. Also, once again, they cost me nothing, this was a flat sheet that came with a duvet cover and wasn't used.
I've sent for a blouse pattern that will go nicely with these trousers. I thought it might come today so was disappointed when it didn't arrive.
One thing I've learnt recently is not to go by my dress size with patterns. When I was a 10 or 12 (UK) the patterns fit me. Now that I am a dress size 14 (UK) I have to use the size 18 on the pattern. No wonder I was having difficulty. I didn't know this and, thanks once again to the internet, I was able to look up the facts on the difference between patterns and ready to wear clothes.