Monday, March 5, 2012

The Boys Cargo Pants {sew along day 1}

Today is the day!! Can you feel the excitement? Boys sew along day! We are going to spend the next few days sewing up some cute cargos for boys. Of course if you have a girl you could easily make these for a girl as well. The pants have lots of fun details to make sewing for boys fun and exciting! 

The pants have a faux fly, tons of pockets (7 in total) Detailed stitching, knee patches. Boys pants can be fun!
 My favorite may be the back pockets, I love them. So Today will will draft the pattern, and cut it out. For the pants you will need:

  • one pattern (self drafted or you can alter this basic pants pattern)
  • Fabric (for a size 5 I used 1 yard) 
  • Lining fabric (1/8 yard) 
  • Buttons or snaps (I used 6 in total)
  • Thread
  • Optional details, twill tape and embroidery floss

Drafting or altering a pattern
(I used white wrapping paper for creating the pattern)
 If you are self drafting grab a pair of pants that fit well to trace for the pattern. Turn them inside out and fold them so that the front is showing. Then trace around them carefully following the pants. Be sure of a couple things:
That you add a seam allowance to the bottom of the pants.
If the pants have a slim leg make is wider and straight for the cargo style
Be sure the curve of the crotch is laying flat when you trace it.

 Next for the front we will add a faux fly. If you are using the Nowhere Man pants pattern as your starting point you will also want to add the faux fly to the front. Simply sketch the shape about an inch from the crotch point. The faux fly can be about 1 inch wide.
 Here is what the front leg looks like.
 Next let's add some pockets. Simply draw the shape of the pocket on the pant how you would like the pocket to be.
 The other thing I did for the front pants was I added a knee section. I did this by simply drawing lines across the leg to mark the section they will be cut up later.
 Next draw out the back leg. Lay it out as you did the front but with the back side showing. The back of pants have a higher rise than the back so be sure your pattern does as well.
 Now to make the pattern pieces for the pocket you will want to cut out the little pocket piece from the front of the pants. Then trace that piece.
 Draw the shape of the pocket that you want. (only the little pocket piece will show) Now the pocket facing piece will be just the bottom part of the pattern and for the pocket piece it will be the full pattern piece. You will cut two of both pieces.
 For the back and side leg cargo pocket I cut a large rectangle for the base and then I cut out a flap piece the same width for the flap. These can be any size you want them to be really.
 So now we have a:

  • front leg pattern piece (cut 2)
  • back leg pattern piece (cut 2)
  • front pocket piece (cut 2)
  • front pocket facing (cut 2)
  • flap piece (cut 3 from fabric and 3 from lining)
  • back pocket piece (cut 3 from fabric)
  • Small rectangle for belt buckle (cut 2 or more)
  • waistband piece (which I will give tips about later)

Cutting out the pattern:

 Now for the cutting out cut the front leg piece at the sections you made. (this is option and can be skipped if you rather)
 When you go to cut the pieces out add a seam allowance along the cut lines when you cut them out. (make sure to cut two of each)
 So for the middle section you will want a seam allowance on the top and bottom.
Last for the front pockets I decided to add a double pocket so I sketched it on and then traced the drawing. Cut out two pockets for the double pocket.

Then cut out the rest of the pieces out as instructed above.

Tomorrow morning we will have the regular link party but come back Wednesday and we will start sewing and Thursday we will finish them up!

Let me know if you have any questions along the way, that's the fun of a sew along to help each other out!

Now you are ready for day two HERE


  1. Love these! I'm so excited to start tonight! I took my son fabric shopping this weekend for his pants (he's almost 3) and he chose super-bright orange denim. They'll see him coming a mile away!

    1. Sweet! Can't wait to see the bright orange! Don't you just love some of the things kids choose?

  2. yay! boy sew along! can't wait to get started :)

  3. awesome pants Shauna! the details on these are amazing!!!

  4. I must thank you for this sewing along! The thing is I needed some kick in the but to start sewing my son´s spring wardrobe. I am soooo in!

    I love, love, love your blog and your patterns!

    1. Thanks! I am glad this is motivating you! Sewing for boys can be so much fun I am on a boy sewing kick myself right now.

  5. Me acabo de enterar de tu Sew Along, y ¡¡me encantan estos pantalones!! No sé si los podré hacer al mismo tiempo que vosotras porque estoy preparando mi primer Sew Along, al cual te invito ( Pero si no tengo tiempo ahora, te digo que lo haré seguro más adelante.
    Muchísimas gracias

  6. What a great detailed tutorial!!!!! You make it look so easy!

  7. these are so awesome!!! that topstitching is totally rad, and i love the peekaboo seersucker. can't wait to see the rest of the sewalong.

  8. Love this!! must dash out and grab some fabric to join in{super quick} :)


  9. I don't even like cargo pants, but I want to join in! So I'm going to *nods*

    1. I totally understand! Cargo pants are not my favorite style, but for a pocket loving boy they make him super happy, plus if you leave off the cargo pockets they are just sweet pants.

  10. That is great! I don't have a little boy, but we do love Cargo pants and shorts in my house.

  11. Hi. A great way that I have found to get a good pant shape is to turn the pants inside out and then feed one leg into the other so that you get the complete shape and it is nice and flat.
    This is a great pattern, I think these would look great in cargo print fabric. Will make some when I have the time.
    Thanks for sharing this great tutorial.

  12. Great.... You are just amazing.. just loved the way you have nicely shared the nice way to make cargo pant.. thanks i really appreciate this one.. :)

  13. Very nice tutorial, will come in handy when i will practice it with some old cargo pants of my husband, thanks for sharing such a great thing.

  14. Hi
    i sew this pants with jeans fabric and learned so much, i am a beginner in the sewing world and i want to make another one and correct my errors.
    my son loves his new jeans!!
    I bought a linen cloth for the new ones, and it is a little see through fabric, do you think i should sew it with Lining???
    Thank you very much

  15. can you tell me where to find day three?

  16. Where is day 3 for the cargo pants? Can't seem to find it, it's not linked up in either day 1 or day 2 post. Thanks!


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