You know I’m not actually sure 2707 is OOP but knowing my stash it is. I don’t think I own anything in print! It’s the sewing community; I’m certain someone will correct me if im wrong :p.
This is a pattern I got from a local small time charity shop that a single man runs out of his home. He gives rooms out of his own house to the homeless and uses the funds for food! It’s all above board – just one man doing what he can with his house. Yay!
For this project I did a bit of a cop out. I had wanted to do this pant in a plaid I got from the same charity shop AND in a pieced denim but of course I didn’t want to use my pretty plaid or work on denim strips just to have it not fit. So I used a sheet.
There’s a competition on Pattern Review for using old textiles and upcycling them into garments so I took a before photo. It’s a sheet. I think as long as it has hems it’s considered an actual item vs a piece of fabric? Idk but I had enough fabric to make 3 really but I didn’t want to be exact (wasn’t in the mood to fold perfectly or save scraps) so I only have enough fabric left for another pair. Or a vest I think. The cotton worked surprisingly better than I thought for pants!
I thought I’d share with a funny photo! This is Marley, he’s a yellow sided green cheek that surprisingly we’ve only had for little over a week! He’s already super bonded with me; so a photo shoot had to happen.
What better prop than a cuddly bird??
(He really loves cuddles; even more than sunflower seeds!)
Back to the pants…
I cut a size 10; the legs taper a bit so I don’t think its a great pattern for plaid matching. It would match horizontally but not vertically I don’t think. (you know what I mean; if you go to that level right?).
The pattern includes pocket flaps but I lost it! And I could draft one but was tres lazy.
The pattern is for a straight waist banded inch below waist height pair of cargo shorts in different lengths. I chose length D but instead of making cuffs I put the hem of the sheet at the D Hemline so it would be the same length. I wanted to see how this pattern fit.
In the future I would do a shaped waistband; especially since these pants look better with a cropped top. that shirt I paired with it a few days ago just DID NOT make me look like I like.
(It’s blurry but dang it my abs look good! All I need is a good blur apparently.)
Both the sheet and the yellow piping were salvaged. They both came from Salvation Army’s rubbish bin. (Not donation bin). The yellow piping is a little special because I found it in a box with a bunch of sewing supplies and bits with patterns from the 60s/70s and a note about the new hospital and a baby. The new hospital was built in the late sixties! And the piping isn’t a tube of fabric with a cord in it – it’s woven into the shape of the piping itself. It’s proper proper piping – from who knows how long ago!
It makes me sad to think that someone’s mother passed away and this was donated in her honour and Salvation Army just threw it away (no price tag; didn’t even try to sell it; it was in the donation bin the day before).
The zipper instructions on these pants was horrible!!! I used the Kwik Sew method because this figured you could topstich the entire fly just as is. I mean I’m all for shortcuts but yikes. Good luck!
Also the advice for how to turn a pocket is screwed up. I wrote a note on it but didn’t write HOW. Good job. If I recall it asks you to just fold a rounded corner. No ease stitches nothing. Just fold and topstitch.
I mean; I’m glad they have faith in me but yikes.
They wrinkle a little but it comes out fairly quickly and never wrinkles past a certain level (in fact they straighten a bit if I put them on super wrinkly. I didn’t iron them and wore them twice since I made them and these photos and just used he steam of the shower to straighten them out).
I like the pockets but I think next time I’ll pick a pattern with flat pockets. these are meant to stick out. I’d also add back pockets just because cargo pants should be FULL of pockets. as badly as I want plaid cargo pants I Do Not Think This is The Pattern for My Fabric. so that stinks.
My test for school admissions is tomorrow! Panic mode.
Ahh Marley just ate my necklace off.