Upcycled Cargo Pants Progress Report

Before I could begin sourcing my material for my project I first had to have a come up with a basic form for the pants. That way, when I looked for potential cargos to alter, I would have a solid idea of the sizes and colors of the different sections of the pants. As you can see from my sketch below, the garment is going to be made up of three distinct sections. As you move down the leg, each section becomes both darker in color and increases in width. I want the silhouette of the pants to feel very bottom heavy, fitting nicely at the waste and oversized towards the bottom of the legs. This bagginess emphasizes will help emphasize the Y2K aesthetic that I am going for.

Once I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted the pants to look likeI was able to begin sourcing some material. These three pairs of cargos that I found should will work if they have to, but I would like to continue to search for some pairs with a slightly more subtle color difference. If I do end up replacing any, it will most likely be the far right pair as they do not have the right cargo style pockets that I am looking for. Ideally, my finished product will end up having a total of around 12 pockets: 6 on the top pair, 2 in the middle, and four on the bottom.

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  • Michael Dailey
    February 20, 2023 2:23 am

    I really like with the direction you’re going with for the y2k aesthetic. It seems like you have a solid plan to make something good. Do you have a history with sewing? I think it will be pretty impressive. Can’t wait to see the result.

  • Hunter, I really like this idea that you have come up with for the Y2K aesthetic. I’ve always wanted to make a clothing item here at CU. One of the things that I would want to make is a hoodie or a crewneck sweatshirt. I like how you are going to make the color of the pants get darker as you go down the leg. I’m excited to see the final product!


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