Kwik Sew 2841. Published, the envelope tells us, in MCMXCIX (1999), this is a reliable recipe for non-sexy pull-on pants or shorts, which I already used to make my no-longer-waterproof pants. The pattern has front and back pockets and a drawstring waist and lower leg finish. Last time I added the hip pockets but left off the rear pocket, and used elastic instead of a drawstring. This time I further simplified and omitted all the pockets.
I had traced the medium, which is roomy enough to fit over jeans (as shown below), let alone tights, which are my usual bike wear. I knew from experience that the pants generally fit me for the intended purpose, but that I wanted the pleated knee to fall a bit lower, and more length generally in the leg. So I added about 2cm at the lengthen/shorten here lines both above and below the pleats and the finished length is exactly what I wanted.
Without further ado, I introduce my extremely uninteresting but (I hope) very functional and long-lasting Gore-tex pants (shown with my more interesting and very functional Gore-tex bike jacket).
The pants are made from single layer Gore-tex which is probably no longer made or sold - its membrane is exposed and anything made from it must be fully-lined to protect the membrane from wear. I bought this fabric from an on-line coop a while back. I've been very pleased with its performance in my jacket.
I had some iron-on seam sealant tape which I used up on the pants. They are lined with some sort of horrid athletic mesh from my stash. I didn't quite have a long enough or wide enough piece, so the back crotch is pieced and there is a "decorative" band of bright yellow horrid athletic mesh at the bottom. It's our little secret.
The only remaining question is whether I should attempt some kind of shoe cover out of the remaining goretex, or if the X-country ski gaiters in my closet will keep the worst of Sandy's rain out of my shoes.
* For anybody who is, as of the time I write this, living in a cave, or for those who are reading this post a long time after it was written, Hurricane Sandy is now forecast to combine with some sort of early winter storm and hit the east coast of the USA sometime early in the week. It's also supposed to track north into Canada, where it will in all probability dump lots of rain on my city.