1940s | Blouses | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

40s separates

March 12, 2017

I normally sew big skirted dresses but I got a bee in my bonnet to make some pants for practicality in the cooler months. I have seen many lovely renditions of Simplicity 3688. Since I already had the pattern in my stash it was a natural choice.  I made these pants up in a linen/rayon blend from Jo-anns. For the top I pattern hacked Simplicity 1590 by removing the peplum and and changing up the darts. I sewed this up in a premium broadcloth from Fabric.com


I added a little embroidery to the collar points of the blouse for something a little extra special.


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  1. Love the fabric and colors you chose. I think the white on white embroidery was an excellent idea. Now your blouse has a personal touch!

  2. Lovely outfit! The pants look like they hang well – and they look comfortable! I went to your blog and saw the comment and the lower (longer?) vintage style crotch seam. I think it’s very practical and world be comfy but I feel like it would feel a bit awkward at first. Maybe like how when I was young all jeans were high waisted, so adjusting to the low waists felt odd.. And now I can wear high ones again and had to go through the adjustment phase again!

  3. Great pants. Love the cuff. When I write about vintage clothing for my fictional characters, I often forget about pants. (for the girls). You’ve inspired me to have my character sew some vintage slacks.

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