2-pocket Cargo Pants
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- 14"x8" of neutral-colored fabric (I used medium-weight cotton in a light gray-tan)
- matching thread
- very small piece of velcro
pant legs 1
- sew darts in the back pant pieces
- sew front and back together at outer seam (right sides together) for each leg
- clip curves, press seams open. trim seam allowance to 1/8". finish raw edges if you want.
- this is a little fiddly because it's so small
- press edges under on all 4 sides of pocket
- sew top edge down
- sew other 3 sides to pant leg on right side of fabric
- do again for other pocket/leg
- Press side edges under on flap, then press flap into thirds, letter-style.
- Finish the exposed raw edge with an overcast stitch.
- Sew around 3 edges of flap - left, bottom, right.
- Sew down top of flap to leg, placed so it overlaps pocket top.
pant legs 2
- Sew inner seams on both legs.
- Match back crotch curves on right and left legs together; match front curves on front and back legs together.
- Sew crotch seam right sides together from top of back curve, through front curve to the dot. Clip curve so it lays flat.
- (One way to match up the curves to turn one leg right-side out, and place it in the inside-out leg. You can pull one leg through the other by making a temporary stitch at the end of right-side-out leg, leaving a long tail of thread. Pull the thread, which pulls the leg, through the other leg.)
- Finish raw vertical edges at fly, both over and underlap.
- Sew velcro on overlap in seam allowance, right side. Turn over and sew down SA, making stitching decorative fly line on outside.
- Sew other half of velcro on outside on underlap.
- Press short ends under 1/8"
- Press in half lengthwise, right side out.
- Sandwich waist edge between waistband halves. Sew along length to pant waist, leaving one end sticking out at overlap.
pant legs 3
- Fold under hem 1/4"
- Secure with topstitching all around
TA DAYou're all done!
ideas & variationsTry a camouflage pattern, knee-length shorts, or you can make a super-wide cargo.
I sewed the bottom hem before stitching the inner leg seams, and I found the waistband piece just too tiny to cope with, so I simply turned the waist seam allowance over and stitched it down. Voila - low rise pants!
If I were to make the pants again (which I may - my other girls now each want a pair...), I would finish the raw edges of the underlap and overlap before stitching the crotch seam - easier to get at, at that point, I think.