Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cargo Pants

Phew! These took a week and I'm glad to be done with them. I took my time with them because I knew any 'abnormalities' in the details would be glaringly obvious. Now I'm ready for any hiking I might need to do.

As I was setting my son up with the camera, he said, "I'm going to take a full-sized picture. I'm tired of taking pictures of just your lower half." Very funny, honey.

The pattern is Burda 12-2009-116. The details are great and, as I said, time-consuming. I really like the fit of these and plan to make them again without the pockets. Can you see the interesting curved seams in the sides and back?
The side pockets are right in the side seam and the buttoned flaps are necessary to keep them from gaping and showing most of the pocket lining. I found this out the hard way when I thought I'd make the pocket more accessible by attaching the flap decoratively to the front side of the seam. It pulled forward and showed a large swath of floral orange cotton. Oops. Lots of seam ripping involved there.

Giant "bellows" pockets. What should I put in them? If I take my cue from my boys, I'll pack them full of rocks. There's a cargo pocket on one of my boys' shorts that is completely full of rocks. The shorts have been sent through the wash at least a half a dozen times and I've left the rocks alone curious to see if someone ever takes them out. They're really clean by now.

The fabric is a really nice stretch twill from Mill End Textiles. The buttons are from Cleaner's Supply, my new favorite notions source. They send me a weekly "reorder reminder". Ha ha.


  1. So what did I take away from all this? Being totally impressed by the longevity of the rocks in the pocket. That is awesome.

    Actually, these pants are pretty cool, way more fiddly than I would ever try (and therefore way nicer than I would ever own). Nice!

  2. What a great looking pair of rugged pants. I really like that curved side seam. I can see it definitely took a great deal of time to sew those and the fit seems perfect. Fabulous job!

  3. I have often thought about making those pants but then I decided "too many details" even for me! So well done you, they look great and I bet you could fit lots of notions in those pockets - wouldn't that be what a seamstress has in her pockets?

  4. These look great - excellent fit and great for knocking around in! I've always liked the cut of Burda pants.

  5. Too funny! I love cargo pocket pants and don't have a pattern so I go online in search of...which leads me to you! You make just about everything, don't you? ha ha I ordered the magazine. I found one on Etsy, yay me!


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