|Pattern Description: |
Cropped cargo pants with drawstring hems, zip fly, back and thigh cargo pockets, and high waist.
34-46. I made my usual 34. Given the style of these pants, I expected the fit to be loose, but I found it quite slim through the waist and hips. The waistband actually goes slightly ABOVE my navel.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I've been wanting to make this cargo style since the magazine came out and it was about time to add some good hiking pants to my wardrobe.
There are a lot of details and topstitching in this pattern - this is the sort of case where there's a lot of effort that really pays off if you work with precision. So, I like how the details turned out, except the pleats on my back pockets didn't end up perfectly identical.
Well, I love the details, but hate the fit. The waist is so cotton-picking high that it digs into my ribcage when I sit. So, even though I tried to give myself some extra room in the waist (using seam allowance space), the high waist is just too uncomfortable. I guess I didn't catch this during the fitting stage, since I've never made trousers with such a high waist, and these feel fine when I'm standing. Those of you with a higher waist to hip ratio or a longer waist might not find this to be as big a deal.
I plan to remove the waistband and either eke out some more room, or lower it a little.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Usual alteration - lengthen rise 1cm.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I won't sew these again as I already have some good TNT trousers I can add cargo details to.
Pants with great details but an unexpectedly high waist.