|I am unsatisfied with the state of trousers available to me. Having been a stay-at-home mom when my kids were infants, I determined that cargo pockets were indispensable. It is easy find good cargo pants-- I prefer so-called BDU's, cut the same as the military wore from 1980 to about 2005. There are lots of colors of these available, but all muted tones from navy blue to khaki. Teaching very small children, it is important to project a cheerful aspect and not be a large, dark figure. I resolved to make my own trousers.|
This pattern has given me all I ever need to make "slacks", plain trousers. There are, however, a number of changes I needed to make before I sewed cargo pockets on.
The pattern is good in all respects except one-- they are narrow at the hips. Moving around normally [drop-kicking soccer balls, climbing up on desks, sitting cross-legged, hauling a bicycle up the stairs to the light rail], one feels a slight restriction across where the hip bones are. Here's what I did: I bought a second copy of the pattern, cut up some BDU's, and recut the crotch of the Kwik Sew pattern in the same dimensions as the BDU's. I need to learn to do this better: now I have one inseam longer than the other when i sew the front to the back, but it does not cause problems.
I changed 2 other things on the body of the pants. For one, I deleted the pleat at the rear above the hip pockets. Also, I added the width of the waist-band to the body of the pants. That way I could fit the waist to the wearer before sewing everything together with the waistband. Little stuff.
Now, to the reason for the whole exercise: cargo pockets. Maybe I will write up how to do this, but it;s kind of obvious. Everything is rectangular. Personally, I prefer to have only one pleat at the rear of the pocket so it doesn;t tangle on students's chairs. I also like to sew the flap so the buttons are covered, but this is all just window dressing.