Rosy Pena Luisa trousers cargo hack

Rosy Pena Patterns Luisa Trousers Hack - Island Sewcialist

Luisa – chill, relaxed, cozy even. There’s a sense of ease and calm that slow dances around her feet as she is embraced by a gentle breeze. Her steps soft, quiet, peaceful, comfortable.
But say hello to Luisa’s alter ego, a true rebel at heart. A fighter, non-conformist, radical. Drums beat when she walks into a room, then silence; it’s not hard to tell who is in charge.

Okay enough poetic rambling. 🙂 What had happened was… I’ve been seeing cargo pants and joggers all over the trendy websites and of course Instagram. I don’t think I’ve ever owned a pair of cargos in my life and I really wanted to try the trend. I could just buy a pair but honestly that’s boring and I love a challenge so I made my own.

Rosy Pena Patterns Luisa Trousers - Island Sewcialist

I really wanted to use camo fabric but camo is actually illegal in most Caribbean islands, believe it or not. So the next best thing was army green. I headed to the store and picked up some green stretch twill but it seems I hadn’t thought out the hardware well enough. I literally could not find belt buckles or snaps anywhere on the island! It was an absolute nightmare to say the least. I ended up hopping on to and managed to grab some antique brass snaps and a snap pliers which almost broke the bank by the way. Then I couldn’t find antique brass belt buckles anywhere! I finished these pants months ago but had to hunt far and wide for antique brass anything for this belt. I eventually found some D rings in the corner of a random store in the city. Phew!

I really couldn’t find any patterns for cargo pants so I opted for a simple pattern with an elasticized waist and a shape that matched my vision. Rosy Pena Patterns came to the rescue with her Luisa Trousers. I originally printed size medium according to my measurements but child, I was not about to walk these streets looking like Ed Edd and Eddy. I’m not sure if the sizing runs big or if it’s because I used stretch twill but I cut an extra small instead which was perfect.

Rosy Pena Patterns Luisa Trousers with Cargo Pockets

I pretty much hacked the heck out of these pants starting with a full seat adjustment (seems like I needed 1 more inch, oops) and increased crotch length so my paper bag waist could be more dramatic. I added self-drafted cargo pockets with snaps, tapered the legs and added elastic to the hem for a more jogger style fit. I made a long belt since most of my inspo pics featured this type of belt and of course I added carriers as well.

I think I channeled my inner Kim Possible here. I’ll call this a pretty successful pattern hack. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. I sat in these pants for a half hour drive to the shoot location. Obviously not the brightest idea. Forgive the multitude of creases!


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