1940s | Pants / Trousers | Vintage Sewing

Overalls for a Victory Garden

By on June 10, 2013

Sewing pants can be tricky but with the price of repro jeans being sky high, I knew I had to give making my own a chance!

This was my first time sewing with denim and it went really well! My machine needed a bit of persuasion to get it to sew pretty buttons in denim but I prevailed.

I made these from Wearing History’s 1940s WWII overall pattern. It was really great to work with! I chose a medium weight 7oz denim so I could wear them all year round.

I’m really pleased with how these came out! I’m pretty sure I never need to buy repro 40s jeans again!

I’ve got a much longer review and many more photos over on the blog! Have you ever made 40s pants or overalls before?

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1950s | Burlesque / Pinup | Lingerie | Vintage Sewing

1950s silk pin-up pants

By on September 23, 2012
silk knickers

silk knickersI have been hugely inspired by all the pant-making activity in blogworld recently and decided to hop on board that bandwagon.

The pattern is care of Burda Style magazine, issue 01/12 from their Lovely Lingerie section. And the fabric I used is 100% stretch silk.

silk knickers bow

The pattern pieces are dead easy to work with but the elastic lace took a while to attach. It is stitched to the right side, turned inside and top-stitched twice. A bit fiddly to keep stretching as you sew whilst being mindful of the slippery fabric but if you take your time the result is very worthwhile.

This is my first time making undies and definitely not my last. They are without doubt the most expensive knickers I own, considering the cost of the fabric and the time taken to make them but undoubtedly the most luxurious and best fitting. And no VPL!!

I hereby reaffirm my allegiance to big pants!

More over at ooobop!

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1940s | 1970s | Pants / Trousers

Simplicity 3688 Trousers

By on July 6, 2012

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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1940s | Vintage Sewing

Happy Fourth of July!

By on July 4, 2012

Hello All!

Hooray for the red, white, and blue!

Hope you’re having a wonderful Fourth of July!  I wanted to share pictures of my recent creations for this holiday, sewn with some vintage designs from the 1940s.

I sewed a red silk blouse from one of my favorite patterns, the Romantic Blouse Pattern from www.sensibility.com .   I looooove the hourglass sort of darts/pleats, which are so much easier to put in than regular darts and are charmingly vintage!  I’ve seen lots of vintage blouses and dresses that have similar tucks, and they add so much style to the look.

The vintage tucks/pleats are just divine!

This collar is brilliantly put together, as the pattern has the collar be an extension of the actual blouse front itself.  It comes together so quickly, and I love how I only had to use three pieces – front, back, and sleeve!  (Well, okay, there’s also a facing, but in general this comes together so much faster than a typical blouse.)

As for the slacks, this pattern worked so well that I don’t think I’ll ever buy another pair of pants!!  I usually have a very hard time finding pants that fit the way I like, because I am, how shall we say, short!  On top of that, I can’t stand those front closing pants, because the zipper and button closure add so much bulk to the waist – a shirt can fit me just fine in the waist, for example, but as soon as I pull on a pair of pants underneath it looks like I have much more of a stomach than I actually do!  So frustrating!!

So these pants made from Simplicity 3688 were a God-send!  They have a side closure, a very flattering waistband at the natural waistline, slenderizing pleats down the front and back, and wide legs that are so forgiving in the hip area!  You can’t see the waistband in these photos since I have the blouse untucked, but believe me when I say that the pants are sooo flattering to wear.  Somehow those skinny-leg pants of today, or those awful legging things that make even the skinniest girl look portly, are so unbecoming…  I don’t understand why clothing stores can’t design slacks for women that actually make them look better, not worse!

At any rate, I love these Hollywood style 1940s pants, and I’m sure you will find them helpful, too!  I highly recommend the blouse pattern for vintage enthusiasts as well, and now I’m off to go get ready for my church’s Fourth of July bash tonight!  You can read a much more in-depth review of the pants and blouse on my blog, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy sewing!



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vogue 2925 – denim trousers

By on December 9, 2011

i’ve been looking for a pair of trousers like this for a few months now, with no luck. after winning this pattern in a giveaway, i decided to just up & make my own 🙂

i used vogue 2925, making them up with denim instead of the suggested suiting fabrics. there is minimal top stitching – i didn’t want to make these actual jeans, more like sleek denim trousers. the seams are mock flat-felled and the waistband is faced with cotton. i made very few fitting changes to these – took about 1″ out of the crotch length, 2″ off the leg width, and eliminated the cuffs.

i still have some fitting adjustments to do with my next pair – there are smile wrinkles (ew) and they could benefit from a small full butt adjustment. next time, i would like to make these in denim with a tiny bit of stretch – the denim i used is very stiff and thick, and a little bit of “give” would be nice.

at any rate, i’m very pleased with my pants and i think i will get a lot of wear out of them! what do you think?

denim trousers

denim trousers

denim trousers - flat

you can see more pictures & info at my blog, lladybird.

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Butterick 4646- 1970s pants!

By on November 16, 2011





Hi all! I recently made these pants using Butterick 4646, a “teen” pattern from the 70’s. They were really simple to make and ended up fitting pretty well with no major changes. I lowered the waistline about an inch and they are still high. I think I am in love with these teen patterns, since they were the perfect length ( I am 5 ft even). That was shocking and exciting!I made them out of brown corduroy, but I might make a denim version in the future.

Sorry the pictures are really fuzzy, I ordered a new camera…

My only thought now, after wearing them a few times, is that the zippers are really scratchy on my skin when I sit. The pattern did not include any piece to protect your skin from the zip, like on jeans. So, I would add that to a new version.


More pictures on my blog, here.

I am also having a 300 follower giveaway of mostly vintage patterns, here, if you want to enter.

Thanks for looking!




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