1940s | Modern Patterns | Pants / Trousers

Simplicity 4044 (Retro Reissue)

October 14, 2011

OMG! My first pair of pants are done! I couldn’t wait to take a real picture so here is a sneak peek until tomorrow gives me some daylight. I LOVED this pattern. The fit was amazing and I’m a hard person to fit. I used a super drapey semi-stretch mystery clearance fabric from JoAnne. It’s a khaki herringbone with a shadow stripe. I even did a blind hem stitch for the first time too. The only I would change is doing the inside facing differently. I used a stiff material to help the top keep its shape (which it didn’t really do anyway) and you can see the line from the facing. Not the pants fault, just a poor choice in fabric. I’m going to do a heavy jersey for winter time, maybe tweed next time!! I also cut a size 10 instead of going by my waist which would have been 12ish. I read the ease… 5.5 inches…. yep, kind of a lot so I used my hip measurement instead and hoped for the best. The waist is actually a touch too big so imho I would measure the pattern at the waist, add your ease (just to be sure) and cut to your hip. The hip was great, I love the Katherine Hepburn feel of the wide wide leg too. I’m going estate sale-ing tomorrow and I’m totally wearing them!


  1. Yes, I totally agree, always check out the amount of ease they use in the pattern. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to buy the pattern first to find out (printed on the 1st major pattern piece) and you may find that you now have the wrong size. But sometimes it works out like in my current project.

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