I have been sewing for as long as I can remember and for the last couple of years I have been focussing on creating my own me-made wardrobe. I am actually at the point that I can pretty much take everything RTW(ready-to-wear) out of my closet and I would be able to emerge from my home fully dressed!
One of the patterns that filled a big gap in my wardrobe were woven pants and the new Sequoia Cargo Pants and Shorts(aff link) from Itch to Stitch(aff link) are just what I needed. They are a casual pant that will take me from the bitter cold of winter to the heat of summer. The pants have an internal strap that will turn the pant legs into a capri length. I have a pair of shorts started already but I am still a ways from even being able to think of wearing them.
I made my cargos from a cotton/poly fabric that is on the lighter side of a medium weight fabric. I went over the size chart and decided to go with a size 8 for the waist and grade to a size 10 at the hips. A long-standing problem I have had with any RTW pants is a gaping waistband. I also added 1 inch to the leg length. Being able to customize the fit is one of the best reasons to being able to sew your own clothes.
This pair was made with no other alterations and they are perfectly wearable and they have gotten a lot of wear over the last week! For my next pair I want to try raising the back about an inch. This is affectionately know as a full-booty adjustment and is something I have realized I should be doing with any pants I make. I am fine without it but I think that the extra 1 inch in the back would make my pants perfect. This is also one of the reasons why low-rise pants are horrible on me…they just don’t give me the coverage in behind that I need.
I am really happy to be able to sew a pair of pants that pretty much tics off all the boxes for my needs in a daily wear pant. And while this batch of pictures didn’t really turn out the best (thank you short winter days!), I am envisioning that this pattern will get used again and again as I am sure that I will wear this pair out from all of the use they are already getting!
You can grab your own copy of the Sequoia Cargo Pants and Shorts(aff link) pattern and while you are there, check out some of the great tops that will pair up nicely with the pants. I am wearing mine with the Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck(aff link) because it is still really cold here and turtlenecks are my best friend in this weather! There are quite a few other very nice tops, including the free Lago Tank top(aff link) which I think will look fantastic with the shorts and I already have my fabric for the Lago already picked out!