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Zippity Do Da Zip Off Pants

Added Jan 15, 2012

by iamlmadge

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.

Material Notes

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.




Spring, Fall
Garment Type

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    May 25, 2013, 03.36 AMby Rwind

    I have a pair of cargo shorts; and I have a pair of legs from a pair of cargo pants. Almost exactly the same material and color. I am thinking of velcroing them together to create “trailblazers” for my son.

    It may be too late, but I’d like to know how your pants held up and performed. Does the velcro make the pant leg hard to attach evenly? And can you attach the pant legs easily while wearing the shorts? (Your pants have legs that are less baggy than the cargo shorts I am starting with. I am imagining the legs being difficult to add on. A zipper would keep them registered and lined up. But time is short, and I don’t have the zippers. Plus he’d like to use the same pants legs with identical shorts. )

    Any feedback, please?

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      May 30, 2013, 12.47 AMby iamlmadge

      Hi RWind,
      Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to you- I don’t always check my Burda page so missed your questions – thanks so much for posting.
      So far the pants have held up well but I should add, I have only washed them a couple of times.
      A couple things you might want to keep in mind is that you want to balance the weight of the velcro with the weight of the fabric and if you are dealing with light weight fabric or not a great deal of fabric, as I imagine the case would be with children’s pants, you might want to use a narrow strip of velcro – perhaps 1/4". If you can’t find that width just cut the 1/2" in half. I have found attaching the leggings very easy while the shorts are on, maybe even easier than while off. You might want to add a little embroidery mark so you can easily tell right from left and/or front from back – this will ensure you can line up everything right and don’t get legs confused! I chose to experiment with velcro because I could not find the right length of zippers to make a slim leg, so to save having to special order just the right size of zipper, I would definitely give velcro a try. Another thing, remember to sew the soft side of the velcro to the upper leg so that you don’t end up creating an itchy pair of shorts! Good luck!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 10.52 PMby smallone

    awesomeness!!….anyone who creates outdoor wear has my up most respect (I havent got there yet!) …these are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jan 15, 2012, 01.55 AMby mixtlii

    OMG, where are you?! It looks so dreamy!!! And the pants look great, really professionnal, well done !

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      Jan 16, 2012, 04.38 PMby iamlmadge

      Thanks so much for your comment! The pictures were taken in Death Valley at Eureka Sand Dunes and Ubehebe Crater. I definitely recommend checking out the area – it is a great place for adventure in the winter.

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