1940s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

1940s Pinstriped Trousers

November 20, 2012

Well, I still haven’t taken pictures of the finished wool dress, but I just came upon the pictures of these pants that I made over the summer and never got around to posting. These are another pair of pants made from the ever popular Simplicity 3688. I’ve used the pattern before for a pair of suit pants (which have recently been passed on to a friend). I’ve worn these a couple of times. I really like them, and they are very comfortable, but I wish I had added about half or three-quarters of an inch to the crotch length so the waist would sit just a tad higher. I have an ever so slightly higher natural waist, and these don’t quite hit me at the smallest point.



I didn’t photograph this, but they also have some bright purple hem tape finishing the inside of the legs. They are very comfortable and great for work. I can’t remember what the exact fabric content is, but it’s some polyester-rayon-lycra something or other I think. Anyway, because of that they don’t need pressing. I’ll have to touch up the creases now and again, but that’s not much work. It’s easy to reset them with the stripes as a guide.



As usual, I hand picked my zipper. I have a zipper foot, but I’ve just really come to love hand inserting zippers. They just look so much more polished and neat, and it’s much easier to work on curves like this hip seam in particular.



Due to the fabric content there is a bit of puckering that happens at the point of the darts that I couldn’t eliminate completely no matter what I did to them. They flatten out a bit when on the body, but either way they’re not so noticeable as to be distracting. I have a tan fabric with dark brown pinstripes in my stash that is destined for another pair of these. I may go ahead and raise the waistline a teeny bit on those so that they sit where I’d prefer. However, those have gone on the back burner for a while, since I’ve got some much more time and labor intensive projects in the works right now, but more on those later. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

  1. Love that dove grey pinstripe fabric. Those are very elegant, especially with your neat execution.

    Often that puckering at the head of the dart is due to a slight curve in the stitching line. Are you sure it was absolutely straight and tailed off as gradually as possible? Of course, if the fabric has a little give, sometimes it can get stretched out in the handling/pressing, too.

    1. Yes, I made sure that I had them perfectly straight once I noticed the puckering the first time. There is just enough lycra in the fabric that a teensy bit of pulling was impossible to avoid and so I couldn’t manage to get rid of it 100%. And thank you for the compliment!

  2. These look phenomenal. I have this pattern and am so desperate to make them in some wonderful navy pinstripe wool I’ve had forever. Alas, I am losing weight (a good thing) so sewing is on hold for a bit, but I’ll pin yours as inspiration!

  3. These turned out wonderfully! The fabric is so lovely. I just picked this pattern up on the last sale, now I can’t wait to make them.

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