Zippity Do Da Zip Off Pants
Added Jan 15, 2012
Solana Beach, Ca...
I made these zip-off pants using two patterns – Burdastyle pants 112 May 2007 for the pants and pants 116 December 2009 for the pockets. I downsized the pants pattern, shortened the waist to crotch length, added belt loops, and made detachable legs (so they could be worn as shorts). Instead of using zippers (because it is difficult to get exactly the right length to match the leg circumference), I used velcro. I was sure to sew the softer side of the velcro on the upper leg as it would touch the skin when the pants are worn as shorts. Although not attached, the belt was made for the pants.
For a sporty water resistant fabric, I checked out Seattle Fabrics and found a great bright blue. I was also able to match the color for snaps and buy a belt buckle there.