1940s | 1970s | Pants / Trousers

Simplicity 3688 Trousers

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.

  1. Re: No sizes 4-8 question:
    Perhaps because it’s a retro pattern, and that’s how they were sized in the 40’s?
    Very cute outfit… might have to try the trouser pattern meself when it’s cooler… muuuch cooler!

      1. It’s “Misses & Plus Sized,” not just plus sized 🙂

        I know the smallest size is suggested for a 25″ waist, but there is quite a bit of ease in the pattern… my waist is 26.5″, and I still had to take about an inch off the pattern pieces to get them to fit my waist correctly. I can’t imagine someone with a smaller waist trying to wear these straight out of the envelope – I was swimming in them!

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