Wearing the Pants…

by Jennifer Lauren

in 1940s,Vintage Sewing

You guys – I MADE PANTS!

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Finally, after many years of sewing, I tackled my sewing nemesis.

Sure, they aren’t fitted pants or anything – I wanted big, wide, swing-y 40′s styled pants. But I made them. And they fit. And there isn’t any – ahem – wrinkling where there shouldn’t be.

While it did take me 3 muslin attempts, I finally managed to wrangle this 40′s pants pattern into submission. But it wasn’t easy. Oh dear, this pattern…

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The cover image makes them look so sleek and Katherine Hepburn-esque. Even the pattern outlines on the back promise this exact outcome. But in actuality, the paper pattern tapers, majorly, towards the bottom of the pant leg. Leaving you with ballooning hips and skinny ankles. Not a good look people. It’s a little Fresh Prince-Harem-Pant gone wrong (was that ever right?). Oh, and they taper on both the back and front pant pieces, in both the inner and outer leg.

 

That first muslin made me really question my friendship with this pattern and making pants and so we took a break. We both needed some time apart. I needed to make patterns that weren’t completely different to the front and back cover images. And the pants pattern needed some time alone to think about what it had done.

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After a few weeks, we sat down together, sort of made up, and muslin 2 came into being. I made a completely new muslin, straightened out the outer leg taper on both front and back pieces (at this point, I hadn’t connected the dots to realise that the inner leg tapered as well, because it didn’t taper quite as much as the outer). I also added some extra hip and waist room. I tried them on, and to my surprise, we were nearly there.

Onto muslin 3 and I unpicked the inner legs, basted on some extra muslin and straightened out the slight taper there. Now the legs were pretty much perfect. Looking much more Katherine Hepburn than Fresh Prince.

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Oh, these pants I’m wearing? Yeah, I made them.
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If you would like to read a bit more about the changes I made and for more pictures, head on over to my blog here.

xx
Jen

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Kimberly June 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm

The pants look great – excellent job making them behave :-) !

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Kristin June 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm

They look amazing! Great job!

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Nicole June 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

They look great, and I love the colour!

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Deb June 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

They look great! And love the color! Good job making them just right, even if it did take some time. :)

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Annie June 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Oh I love them – the colour is gorgeous :)
Well done!

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mariebayarea June 24, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Nice color!

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Nay June 24, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Love.Them. I have a pattern very similar and I think you just inspired me to get on with it and make them!

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Kajsa June 25, 2013 at 1:07 am

Oh they’re perfect , first time ever I’ve seen the finished outcome looking better than the illustration on the envelope, well done!

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Nokomarie June 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

Excellent job! But are your hems getting dirty?

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Jennifer Lauren June 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Hehe, yes, I did make the hems a tiny bit too long. I couldn’t decide which shoes to wear them with so hemmed them longer rather than shorter.

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LittleBlackCar June 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

1) Those are awesome! Pants are my clothing nemesis, too, and someday I will have the guts to attempt sewing them, and when I do, they will be hard-core, wide-leg, 1940′s pants. But I haven’t worked up to it yet.

2) I wonder if a previous owner didn’t re-cut the pattern? I’m looking at . . . well, it’s not that similar, but it’s the closest 1940′s pants pattern I have on hand: Simplicity 4757 (1943), and the back of the packet shows pants that are not tapered. Granted, they’re pajama pants and not really the same animal, but still. Although, the diagram for your pattern doesn’t appear to have tapered legs, either. Hmm. It’s a mystery, Charlie Brown.

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manicpop11 June 25, 2013 at 1:06 pm

These pants are fantastic! I’ve been wanting some flowy pants like this. Great color choice too.

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Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

My first thought, when I saw your #1 photo was Katharine Hepburn. So, though the road was long and arduous…you made it, and you made it well! Very nice look.

Sue xo

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Eileen June 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I have this pattern too, and I’m sad to hear that it’s a naughty pattern. Guess I’ll be putting it in time out as well, but it’s good to know what to expect.

I think yours came out wonderfully and I absolutely love the color!

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Stephanie June 26, 2013 at 7:07 am

Love those pants! So classy! And the colour is gorgeous!

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Stacey Stitch June 27, 2013 at 4:43 am

There are grogeous, love the colour :)

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