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Made By A Fabricista: Cargo Style Jeans!

Happy Friday All!

I am excited to be back blogging and sharing my makes! It has been a while since I photographed a make. In 2024, I  plan to be more consistent in sharing tips and photos of my makes via social media and my personal blog.  The later part of 2023 took me for a rough roller coaster ride.  Due to some health challenges in November and several visits to the doctor, I decided to focus more on my physical and mental health and sewing fell by the wayside.  I am better, stronger and mentally ready to tackle 2024 in full force.

I have had this KNOW ME (ME2054) pattern in my stash since it was released and wanted to make it for my last blogpost of 2023.  I had the pants cut and ready to sew back in November but didn’t get started until the 2nd day of January.  I was determine to get it done as my first project of 2024 and would not move from the machine until progress was made. 

I actually wanted to make it with all the pockets exactly like the pattern envelope but after doing a fit test by basting the seams, I fell in love with just the 2 top ones. I plan to make them again with all the bells and whistles before the end of the year either for myself or my daughter.  She absolutely love the fit and how they turned out.

Here are some tips when making this pattern:

1. I highly suggest that you use a cotton sateen or fabric with a little bit of stretch if you are on the curvy side.  I do feel that the fit is so much better.

2. If you decide to use a stretch fabric, grade if necessary and size down at least 1 size based on the hip measurement.  I decided to cut the 18 based on my hip measurement but could have sized down to the 16 for the exact hip measurement due to the negative ease.  I also noticed that the waist for the 18 was about 3- 4 inches more than my natural waist so the cross over distorted one of the pockets as I have to pull it more for a better fit at the waist.

3. Make a muslin if you need to check the crotch and waist fit.  I lucked out this time with the crotch fit as this pattern is curvy girl friendly but I would highly recommend that you make a muslin first.

For the next version,  I would grade the 14 to the 16 at the side waist.  I would definitely cut the 16 in the back and the 14 in the front and make the necessary adjustments to the waistband. 

In closing, I also made this cute VickiSews Rory tank pattern that I have been wanting to make.  This fabric is from my ponte knit stash that I purchased a while pack from Fabric Mart.  I have about 2 bins full of ponte knit that I have accumulated over the years.  I  definitely plan to sew down my pattern and ponte knit stash in 2024 using 2 new patterns each month. I have another 3 patterns in queue and can’t wait to share.

Be sure to subscribe to my blog as I am officially approved to start the sewing classes this year with my local City Parks and Recreation department and will be finalizing the dates really soon. Thank you for hanging with me throughout the years!! I claim 2024 will find you all in great spirit and health!

One Love,

MARICA  @heymaricamitchell

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  1. You did a fantastic job on the jeans you are wearing! I was particularly impressed with the topstitching. I’ve sewn jeans before and wished I had two smooth sewing machines to use but I only have one so I was switching threads between seams and topstitching. Looking forward to your next make and stay healthy!!!

    1. I actually on change the top thread and leave the bobbin thread the same color when I top stitch. It is way much easier too. I also use regular polyester thread that is the same color as top stitching thread

  2. Wow that is amazing work! Im a new sewer and really struggle with pants! I spend more time seam ripping than sewing 🤣. To see such beautiful hand made pants just blows my mind. Hope you share more in the future and I wish you excellent health this year

  3. Wow! These pants look amazing! I love the detail and the fit that you achieved.

  4. I have this pattern and after seeing your pants it has definitely given me the sewjo to make them. Very flattering.

  5. I am in love with this look! Those pants are incredible and versatile. I'm thrilled to have found you blog! Any chance you know where/how to purchase the pant pattern? It is definitely a must have.

    1. The pattern is available online at Simplicity here


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