Simplicity 3688 Trousers

by lladybird on July 6, 2012 · 3 comments

in 1940s,1970s,Pants / Trousers

After listening to the blog world flip out over this trouser pattern, I finally jumped on the bandwagon & made some for myself. You guys – they are TOTALLY deserving of all the fuss! Such a great, simple trouser pattern, with a nearly perfect fit out of the envelope. Consider me in love :)

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
Mine are made with a very lightweight denim chambray – probably a bit *too* lightweight, as all the wrinkles show (and then some that don’t even exist in real life, ahaha) & they sort of look like pajamas. But they are classy pajamas… right? It’s 100* here right now, cut me a break :)

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
The only alteration I made was to extend the back crotch about 1/2″ to make some extra room for my butt, and taper in the waistline to fit my waist. I don’t understand why the smallest size offered is a 10, by the way. Where is the 4-8?

Simplicity 3688; McCall's 4488
I also made the crop top – it’s McCall’s 4488 from 1975. It’s a little scandalous for every day wear, but totally works with the super high waist of these trousers :)

Thanks for looking! As always, there is more info/pictures on my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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D'ellis July 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

Re: No sizes 4-8 question:
Perhaps because it’s a retro pattern, and that’s how they were sized in the 40′s?
Very cute outfit… might have to try the trouser pattern meself when it’s cooler… muuuch cooler!


Harriet Bazley July 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Presumably because it’s issued as “plus-size sportswear”?

Having said that, size 10 is pretty small: a 25-inch waist….


Lauren July 9, 2012 at 9:58 am

It’s “Misses & Plus Sized,” not just plus sized :)

I know the smallest size is suggested for a 25″ waist, but there is quite a bit of ease in the pattern… my waist is 26.5″, and I still had to take about an inch off the pattern pieces to get them to fit my waist correctly. I can’t imagine someone with a smaller waist trying to wear these straight out of the envelope – I was swimming in them!


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