How I copied cargo shorts

A week ago I was presented with a challenge of copying an old pair of cargo shorts without taking them apart.

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The project was a success and now the first pair has been completed.

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I really don’t know what Stefan is going to do with the original pair. I suspect he will frame them, because wearing them is definitely out of question.

At some stage of your life you too could be presented with a pair of derelict shorts and will be asked to take a copy. So I’ve decided to share the method I used, hoping it might be useful.

Here is how I did it

The general fit of these shorts is very important – it is loose but not sloppy. This one I had to replicate as closely as possible – width, seat height and length of the crotch extensions needed to be exactly the same. I was measuring and drawing a pattern at the same time.
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I'd rather not

Some people think that just because I can sew, I love sewing everything – womenswear, chilldrenswear, menswear, cushions, aprons, curtains and everything in between. I must confess that it’s not the case. While I believe I can sew anything I want, what I really enjoy is women’s daywear. This is what I sew the most and can get the most use of.

What I try to stay away from is menswear. I don’t like sewing for my husband, hear me out:

  • My husband is extremely picky when it comes to fabric. I mean, the stuff he wants probably doesn’t even exist. It must be exactly correct colour, texture and weight. It has to breathe but it must not wrinkle. It also must withstand years of gruelling wear and tear.
  • My husband’s body weight is rather dynamic. He can easily lose a few kilos between measuring and first fitting. Or put a few on.
  • He wears his clothes longer than anyone I know. He still owns a rugby jersey he got at high school. He hates throwing away stuff or buy new clothes because they never fit (see the reason above). He wears clothes until fabric turns into dust.
  • He carries everything in his pockets. He needs lots of pockets. Big ones.
  • When he finds the item he likes, he doesn’t let go. He wants the same one in every colour, with restrictions outlined in the first bullet point.

So when I get asked if I sew for my husband I say “I’d rather not!”

But the time comes when I must. And this time is now.
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Clone your jeans

Great fitting jeans are rare

I have found my pair many years ago and I am still wearing them. The denim became thin and fragile and I am afraid it will give up the ghost any day now. So I have taken the pattern off them before anything terrible happens, I am going to clone them and enjoy the fit and comfort for as long as I can fit in them.
I have done many knock-offs in the past – skirts, trousers, jackets, bras and even re-usable diapers. Many of us have a favourite garment we can’t live without.

What is yours?