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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for looking! As always, there is more info/pictures on my blog, LLADYBIRD.

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1940s

1940’s Reprint Blouse

By on April 22, 2012

I’m sure that many of you vintage sewers are familiar with this reprint pattern from Simplicity. I’ve seen many amazing pairs of trousers made with this pattern, which I can’t wait to try myself, but I decided to have a go at the blouse pictured alongside it.This was an easy and quick pattern and I love the shape of it.It features 4 small front pleats and has a button closure at the back, I also decided to shorten the sleeves.For my version I’ve used some polyester that has been sitting patiently in my stash for a year or so. I thought the print would be perfectly matched to a 1940’s pattern, and I love how it’s turned out. Has anyone else sewn up this top? I would definitely recomend it.

More photos over at my blog

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1930s | 1940s

Smooth Sailing Blouse and Suspender Skirt (1940s)

By on March 12, 2012

I’m slowly trying to build a wardrobe ofย  ‘wearable’ vintage clothing from the 1940s-early 1950s (SewRetro is great for inspiration).

I love this look, its so cute and practical:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s my version:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used my favourite 1940’s blouse pattern (Smooth Sailing from Wearing History) and the Simplicity Repro 3688 for the skirt.

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The blouse is made from a repro-print quilters cotton, with vintage buttons – the skirt is a very functional navy gaberdine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking! xxx

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