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Home Made Knickers

by Randy Policar

Last week my brother RL asked if I had an extra pair of BDU pants that he could have. Having been in the Military for over twelve years, you know I had a few. But I was curious to see what he wanted them for. I thought he needed them for some paintball action with Moe. But it turns out; he wanted to get them altered and use them as Knickers. So I figured I’ll supply the pants and go a step further and modify it to a pair of Knickers.

I wasn’t sure on how long he needed so I just had to guesstimate on where to cut the legs.

I then turned it inside out and folded back about an inch and began to sew.

Here is the finished product. Not too bad right?

Being a Parachute Rigger in the Army, we were trained in three different areas of expertise: Parachute Packing, Aerial Delivery (airdrop anything that could fit in a plane), and Parachute Maintenance. Repairing parachutes is where I learned how to sew. And since we have the machines here, I might as well use them. I’ve also done some cost effective repairs in the past.

 
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12 Responses to “Home Made Knickers”

  1. Sweet!!! Are you taking orders Randy?!?!?! I want a pair!! :]

  2. Doug says:

    Hey, I AM in the Army, and I thought that I was the only one…hmmm, nice to see the old BDU’s still going to great use. By the way, Dickies also work great, if you’re not wanting the CAMO look. They only cost around $20 pair. Considering the fact that I just saw a $137 pair of “Crome” Knickers…the $20 Dickies / CAMO pants are awesome. Ride on man.

  3. Doug says:

    Awesome…I am in the Army, and we do the same thing. By the way, a $20 pair of Dickies also works great, and both of these ideas work much better than a $137 pair of “Chrome” Knickers.

  4. Where are you stationed at Doug?

    I\’ll have to check out those Dickies you were talking about.

  5. Priscilla,
    Let me see if I could pencil you in on my schedule…
    Just kidding, I’ll be sending RL a few of them. Go ahead and pick out which ever you would like.

  6. Nick says:

    One of these days, I’ll be motivated to cut and hem a pair instead of just rolling them up. Fatigues, or BDUs (Battle Dress Uniform?), as you “insiders” seem to call them, are just great for riding, and cheap!

  7. Fritz says:

    Those look good. I know how to sew, but I personally skip the sewing step.

  8. Make Your Own Seat Bag at Mountain Bike Riders says:

    [...] Randy wrote this tutorial for commutebybike.com a while back. He wrote another DIY sewing project for KNICKERS. [...]

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  11. mykr says:

    How far below the cargo pocket did you cut? I wanted to get some Swobo knickers but 3 pairs of BDU knickers vs 1 pair of Swobo’s (although I might get some just because) would rule!

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