1940's Pants

I love all of the pants, slacks, trousers, etc. from the 1940's. I especially love seeing the women wear those fantastic high waisted pants. I love the menswear feel, the nautical feel, they're the best!

I have tried for a while to find a pair at the stores I frequent that look suitable. No luck. After driving almost everybody nuts, I finally decided to just attempt to make some, hoping to find a pattern that I liked. I am not a intermediate sewer, but I think I am out of the beginner stage...

So, after months of dreaming, I am finally working on a pair of my own, using a repro pattern by Simplicity, pattern #3688. I made a pair out of muslin first, just to see how they fit, look and feel. I really like them, it's the look I want to go for. Thank goodness. I did have a few bumps in the road, but I was able to manage, my grandma helped me out.

After procrastinating for a few weeks to make the 'permanent' pair, I got a little energy/confidence boost and decided to go for it. It was now or never. So far, I have to put in the zipper, waistband, and the hem. I'm so happy it's coming together. The biggest struggles I think I have are the zipper and waistband. I will post the finished product, hopefully they turn out!



  1. I've been working on a pair of these too and they're driving me nuts! For some reason, I just can't get them to fit. I'm gonna take a break for a while before they destroy my sewing mojo altogether.

    I hope you've had better luck with your pair!

  2. How exciting! It looks like you're off to a great start and hope that the zipper and waistband don't give you too much trouble.

    I love the long of high waisted trousers, but sometimes struggle with having them work on my body. Interestingly though, I believe it's more of a fabric issue than a style one per se, as I live in my high waisted repro jeans and love them to absolute bits. If were to even attempt to make my own pair of pants like this, I already know I'd opt for a heavier weight fabric.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. i love 1940's pants though i could never find any vintage ones in my size. thanks for inspiring me to just make some ha