Chambray Cargo Joggers!!

by Koetiquemade
6 Materials
6 Hours

I had an idea to sew some chambray cargo joggers for a while. They needed to be something I could wear with almost any top and dress up or down. I really wanted something versatile. I just needed a good cargo pants pattern to do it.

Roughly 20 years ago I purchased McCall’s 2586. It’s a pretty simple unisex cargo pants pattern, with a faux fly and drawstring. It’s oversized and super comfy. I’ve made it probably 15 times. However, I wanted a different fit than the oversized McCalls one so when I saw the Largo Cargo pattern by Love Notions, I decided to try that instead. If you happen to have this McCall’s pattern deep in your stash, I highly recommend you dig it out and try this jogger hack. Below I’ll show you how I hacked the Largo pattern to make the cargo joggers of my dreams!!

The Largo Pattern Details…

The Largo pattern is suitable for woven fabrics and comes in sizes 0-32. Its high waist, faced waistline is easy to sew and super flattering. Included with this pattern is a full belly option to help you get that perfect fit. It has a zip fly, straight legs and LOTS of pockets. Plus a cute carpenter strap detail you can add if you choose. It is a digital sewingpattern.

Pattern Formats Included:

  • Print at home for US letter & A4 paper, trimless format with layers
  • Large format file for copy shop printing. This file will print on six A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology.

Now, I rarely sew a pattern exactly as directed and this pattern was no exception. I planned to hack it from the very start. This is what I did to make these chambray, cargo joggers.

Joggers, But With a Twist…

Since I planned on making jogger cargos I needed the legs on the Largo to be skinnier. To do that I used another pattern from Love Notions, the Allegro bottoms. I traced the largo pattern and then laid the Allegro on top of it, matching the crotch and triangles as best as I could. Then I retraced the legs to be skinnier and shorter. The picture below shows the two patterns layered and then traced. The traced one might be a little hard to see.

I really wanted jogger style bottoms, but I don’t really like the feeling of pants being tight or gathered at my ankle so I came up with an alternative idea that I’m completely obsessed with now. When I was hemming the legs I folded them up 1 ½ inches, ironed and then sewed the back part only.

Then I inserted a 1 inch wide piece of elastic in the back part I had sewed and secured it to the side seams on both side of the pant legs. For reference on elastic size, my back pants measured 7 inches at across the ankle and I used 4 inches of elastic. Once the elastic was sewn in place I sewed the front on the hem.

Snappy Pockets….

Another change I made was to the pockets. I thought the pockets and cargo pocket for my pant size looked really big so I actually downsized 3 sizes. I probably could have gone even smaller because I still feel like the cargo pockets look a little big, but that’s a preference thing. You can also see that I did a cargo pocket on each leg rather than just one like the pattern calls for. So that makes a total of 6 pockets for these pants!

I also didn’t want to put buttonholes in the pocket flaps. So I opted to just sew snaps to each corner of the pockets and flaps instead. For now I really like how clean that looks but I could change my mind later and add a button.

Some Fly Pants!

I am so happy with how well they turned out. This pattern really helped me get over that zipper hurdle. Skipping patterns with a zip fly is what I usually do so I’m glad I didn’t skip this one. Making the legs this modified jogger style is not only more comfy than a typical jogger pant but more versatile as well. I can dress these cargo joggers up or down and wear them with all sorts of shirts. I just love them!

Styling My Largo Joggers!

Just like I had planned, these new pants look great with so many differnt tops. Here are just a few tops I paired my Largo joggers. Below is my Arlington, square neck hack sweater. It's one of my favorite tops!

I also made a new  Forte top in camo jersey knit. It’s one of my go-to t-shirt patterns because the fit is just so perfect! I love the way this looks with my Largo joggers as well.

My Rhapsody tops are wardrobe staples for me when I want to dress things up a little while still being casual. I completely adore how this Rhapsody looks with this cargo pant. If you would like to try these patterns or any or Love Notions Patterns you can use code LOVEKOE for a discount.

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Suggested materials:
  • Chambray fabric
  • Button   (Joann)
  • Snaps   (walmart)
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