1950s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

1950s Clamdiggers – Advance 5508

October 9, 2013

It’s heading into Summer down here in Australia, meaning hot and humid weather is just around the corner. My mission to have a fully wearable Vintage Wardrobe means I have plenty of summer skirts – but a serious lack of shorts/capris!

The perfect solution is clamdiggers! Dressy enough to wear to lunch out with friends, casual enough to wear in the garden.

The pattern was Advance 5008 (c. 1950), View 2. This pattern was really, really easy to put together, and fit pretty much perfectly with minimal modifications for my big behind.

And my favourite feature – no zips! The double button tab is the closure! I chose black and white gingham for a nice contrast.

To look a bit more professional, I top-stitched all the seams in ochre coloured thread like store-bought denim and the side seams were placed against the selvedge of the fabric so they’d look fancy if the cuffs are folded up. (The indigo denim is from Spotlight).

I wish the photos did these clamdiggers justice – when I wore them dancing, two women came up and asked if they were Freddies, what a compliment!  As always, more construction details and photos on my blog if you’re interested…

  1. Oh, I love them, you have done such a nice job. I also love the button closure, what a good idea.

    I have been thinking of making some denim capri pants for summer, so this is inspiring me too, thanks!

  2. You are adorable in this! i LOVE everything about these pants! Im going to be on the hunt for this pattern at all the local thrift, junk, and vintage shops in Omaha.

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