COMPLETED: Tommy’s Cargo Shorts SABOYO-style!

It was about time for some unselfish sewing! I was trying to get these shorts done for my wonderful husband to wear on Fathers Day, but I had to redraft the cargo details based on some UnionBay shorts he really likes.


I’ve patronized Silhouette Patterns/Peggy Sagers for a number of years. Recently, I’ve feared away simply because I’ve gotten frustrated with the seemingly sloppy product.  By that I mean, there are frequently errors in the printed patterns and instructions. When brought to her attention, she has been unwilling to fix them. She just tells you how to fix them or says it really doesn’t make a difference [in the finished garment]. I don’t think a $15 pattern should contain errors so consistently. Enough with the rant…sorry😳. Anyhow, she popped up with a new pattern for our men folk AND the pattern photo was a really cool cargo short…roomy side pocket detail to be specific.  I completely disregarded the technical drawing which showed a rather dorky plain flat patch pocket. I was pissed! At SP and myself for not looking closely before clicking the buy button.

So I set out to make my husband some new shorts with the details he wanted.  The pocket drafting was not complicated, but took some time.

I used waxed paper over the pockets and fingernail traced each detail. Then I trued up the lines and added seam allowance directly on the wax paper. I used my window as a light box and traced over each piece onto paper. The only challenge was creating the darted corners in the back pocket. I scratched my head for a bit until I realized, it was just a dart…easy peasy!


Here is my pattern review:

Pattern Description:  A basic cargo short with jeans styling front pocket and a yoke back. Side patch pockets with flaps.

Pattern Sizing:  Size 1 to 9 which equates to waist size 28″ to 44″

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Not the technical drawing, but the photo, yes. More about that on my blog.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  I didn’t use them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  Simply that they were copied from RTW…the silhouette, not the cargo pocket.

Fabric Used:  100% cotton twill from FabricMart. I got it as a recent Sues pick for $2.99/yard! This is the real deal in twills.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I completely redrafted the side and back pockets.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Now that I have the styling details my husband wants, it is a TNT.

Conclusion:  I am really glad I stuck with this pattern and didn’t let my pissyness get the best of me. They are a wonderful fit.
I compared the fit/styling with the KwikSew cargo shorts I have made a couple of times and really like the amount of ease in this pattern. They are slimmer without being tight. I’d say great for the men in our lives without much backside flesh 😉

Thanks for visiting!

image image image image image image imageUntil next time!

x G

A little bit of WILDness!

Every once in a while, I want to make something to run around in that is a little bit crazy and outside of my norm.

On a recent YouTube webcast by Peggy Sagers of Silhouette patterns, she showed some leggings using some new fabric she has on her website…neon greenish-yellow with black animal print.  Yikes!  you might say, but they are really cool.  So I made an entire outfit that I plan to wear to an afternoon birthday party with the family at a casual restaurant and arcade.  Perfect!

Pattern and Fabric Deets:

Self-made:  Poncho/Cape click here for a tutorial. Fabric: Quilted Acrylic/Virgin Wool blended with Nylon bought at (unfortunately they don’t have it anymore).

StyleArc: Laura Knit Leggings. Fabric: Wild Cotton Jersey with stretch in both directions bought at

Jalie: 2805 Long Sleeved T-Shirt. Fabric: CottonLycra Jersey bought at Natures Fabrics

RTW:  New Boots bought at DSW (the most amazing shoe store EVER!!) I swear they pay me to shop there ;).

Now for the pictures….


this is a little Michael Jackson “Thrillerish”










If you’ve reached the bottom….thanks for taking a gander!  I had so much fun planning, sewing and wearing this today.  I had many looks and compliments [blush] :). Do you ever sew outside your normal style box? Please do feel free to comment either way….like or not, I so love to read comments.

Disclaimer: none of the links in this post are affiliate nor do I get anything for linking. I simply want to share in case it may help a future sewing friend!

More Pattern Drafting

Once I got started in my new adventure…the Pattern Workshop course I blogged briefly about here, I discovered that I’d probably be more successful learning the basics of drafting the traditional way.  So I pulled up the Craftsy class, Pattern Making Basics: The Bodice Sloper that I’ve had for a little while taught by Suzy Furer.  This woman is by far the best instructor of any Craftsy class that I’ve taken.  And let’s just say I have taken upwards of 25 classes in 3 years. [blush].

I have watched the entire course at least 3 times before I pulled all my tools out on the table.  I love all the math, measuring and nerdy thinking involved in drafting.  It brought me back to my Junior Highschool days when I took an architectural drafting class.  Pattern drafting is no different, you get to use a ruler, paper, pencil and eraser…..not to mention a lot of brain-work too.

But first I needed my husband to take all the necessary measurements….he is such a good helper!  He watched the section on how to mark and measure each and did so quite accurately. I swear every day…he is the BEST husband any woman could have…and he’s all mine ;).  Finally the fun began, MATH!  There is a nicely organized chart for the measurements and calculations in order to begin putting meaningful lines on paper.  It took me about 1 and 1/2 hours to get through the front moulage.  A moulage is actually a body blueprint and is supposed to fit like a second skin.  Here she is, almost in her glory…the armhole and neckline still needs to be developed. DSCN0242

The back should be a little quicker since there isn’t a shoulder or side (bust) dart.

Just a little tweaking of the armhole, then onto tracing!
Just a little tweaking of the armhole, then onto tracing!
If you look at the outermost tracing, the armhole is really shallow and overall just wonky.  Others in the class had similar issues.  For some reason that I don’t understand is that I needed to remove 3/4″ from the cross back guideline ( from armpit to armpit). But heck…it worked!  Now the moulage can be traced to preserve all this lovely work.  Once traced, it will be cut apart to create pattern pieces for my cloth.

Look closely...aren't they pretty?
Look closely…aren’t they pretty?

Ready to cut out of my muslin...but remember to add seam allowance :)
Ready to cut out of my muslin…but remember to add seam allowance 🙂
To be continued…

Dun dun dun! Not too shabby for my very first moulage if I do say so myself :).

Thanks for joining in my latest venture!

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PDF Pattern Drafting [Beginning]

I am learning how to create PDF patterns.  This is timely as I recently completed my first self-drafted pattern!

I am learning from Lauren over at Baste+Gather with her Pattern Workshop pattern making course.  I’ve wanted to do this for a while now and just signed up since she is offering an installment payment option. If you are interested in learning how to draft your own patterns, join in here.


Shortly, I will be sharing what I am learning with a blog entry…no specific how-to’s, but simply what my experience is like.  Perhaps a few bumbles along the way 😉

Have you learned how to create PDF patterns? If so, do you have any tips for this “green horn”?