|Pattern Description: Safari style straight leg cargo pant with drawstring and pleated pockets. There is an optional tab for 3/4 leg option.|
Approximate hem circumference: size 10 = 55cm (about 21.75")
The hips have about 2" ease. The hem circumference on my size 12 is 22.5".
Pattern Sizing:6-30, I made a 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?I used them for help with folding the pockets, and had no issues.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: Lots! I have a serious affinity for cargo pants, despite hearing how they are the most awful thing in the world for pears. (IMO they are not nearly as bad as skinny jeans.) The pockets have a pleat in the center so once pressed they stay flat and are not at all bulky. I love the wide legs, which are super comfortable, and SO COOL. They are great for balancing out my fitted knit tops. The drawstring waist is fast to sew and I don't need to worry about taking in the waist to make them fit. I also like the hidden tabs that hold up the rolled up legs - makes these great for walking by the beach or for getting more airflow on hot summer days.
Dislikes: I could see the side seam pockets being an issue had this been made out of a more slippery fabric. Cotton against cotton is a little bit like velcro so while my chambray pockets stayed in place, I would be worried about bagging and sliding all over the place if I made them out of nylon ripstop or silk. I would probably skip them completely in that case and just sew on the cargo pockets. I also didn't like how the tab piece they included had a regular straight edge instead of the tapered edge shown on the pattern envelope. Finally, I thought the pants rollup was at an unflattering length and should have ended closer to the knee rather than at mid-shin level, so I ended up shortening the tab a lot and moved it upward as much as possible. Unfortunately the cargo pocket started getting in the way, so next time I would place the pocket higher up on the leg.
Fabric Used: Chambray (the Carolina chambray from Fabric.com). If you use this fabric, prewash at least 3x or leave an extra long hem. I prewashed once, maybe twice, and the inseam of my pants shrunk an inch after I washed them.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Changed the tab shape to match the pattern drawing, used snaps instead of buttons, and metal grommets instead of buttonholes for the drawstring. For more details view the blog post
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, one of my favorite looks on myself is a fitted top with wide-leg pants, and I love how cool and comfortable they are to wear.
Conclusion: For more details and photos, view the blog post