I am really excited to have finished my son's cargo pants! The pattern can be found in the April 2008 issue of Ottobre magazine. They are the "Hi-hat" casual pants, #33. This is the first time I have ever made zippered pants for my son. I feel like I have "graduated" from making elastic-waist pants now! He wears 140 store-bought jeans, so I made a 140 pattern size; they fit exactly the same. I found a tutorial online to help me with the cargo pockets, which you can find here. Thanks Joy!!
I used Gutermann grey topstitching thread. With the many areas to topstitch, it took more than 1 spool of thread.
I love the construction of the back pockets; the top flap is sewn into the seam of the back yoke and pant. The back pant leg is actually 2 separate pieces (how cool is that?); you can see the top stitching where the 2 pieces are joined. The waistband fit perfectly, sewing together very easily. I did add a strip of stabilizing tape to the edge of the waistband (the part that you turn under 3/8" on the top front of the pant). My fabric had a slight stretch to it, so that kept my waistband fabric from stretching while sewing.
I purchased these silver star buttons from Fabric.com, and the pants are made from black twill purchased from Denver fabrics.
I found Ottobre's instructions to be very thorough for this pattern, but previous experience with zippers is a plus; there are additional instructions for zipper installation in this magazine issue.
When using Ottobre patterns, you do need to add seam allowances. I purchased a 3/8" ruler from Claire here. I follow Claire's blog, SA Curve, and decided to try out her ruler; I'm so glad I did. It makes adding seam allowances a breeze. I use to use my hem gauge, which took forever and not very practical on curved seams.
My son is wearing his Farbenmix Imke shirt I made for him a while back. See my post here.