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I was looking for comfortable zip-off hiking pants for a long time and could not find any that fits me. The few I found in my size zips off just above the knees which defeats the purpose of zip-off pants when you want them to convert to shorts. I gave up and decided I would try making my own. I found a luxurious spandex mix fabric that was the perfect material. The fabric is stretchy so an elastic waistband was sufficient. The pants are so comfortable I they’re like pajamas and my go-to pair of pants when I travel or go camping. Worn here with a red polyester/spandex top I made for dancing. Photos by Mark Simon and Yi Chen.