Vintage Sewing


September 17, 2015

Earlier this summer, I decided I needed some new shorts.  I wanted something very 40s-ish…high waisted, side opening, pleats.  I hunted around until I found this patternpic4Very simple style but so very perfect!

I had to size the pattern up a bit, but that wasn’t hard.  It only had 3 pieces.  I transferred over the markings for the pleats, as well.  Going through my stash, I found a red gabardine to make a working muslin.    It had a nice weight to it and it was very soft.  Sewing went very quickly.  The pleats are sewn down on the front.  The directions didn’t call for it, but I used my fancy stitches on my machine to put a  little diamond on the end of each line of stitching to make it sturdier and of course, for pretty.

I put snaps in the side closing and me made bias tape in a  cute plaid from my stash. I didn’t put buttons down the side.  But  since I wanted them to have the sailor look, I added big white buttons down the front on both sides.

I think I like them.  The leg opening is very large and drafty.  🙂  Something about the front crotch doesn’t seem right, but I’m not sure what it is.


My husband assures me he thinks they’re cute.  HOWEVER, he also kept calling them my Mickey Mouse pants.  *harrumph*  Not sure how much I trust HIS judgement!


Since he kept calling them Mickey pants, I decided I might as well go all the way.  Using some vintage  Mickey and Minnie fabric I had, I made a little sleeveless shell to wear with them.  They do make a really cute little outfit

  1. Re: crotch fitting, I think the shorts are either too short in the crotch or not “wide” enough in the crotch. If you have a substantial inseam, I would recommend letting out the front seam and reshaping the front curve. If you have a pattern for a really well-fitting pair of pants, compare the whole crotch curve, front and back.
    You could also let out both the front and back inseam and sew a DEEPER crotch curve to get more length from waist to crotch.
    Or live with it. If they aren’t uncomfortable, big deal! Good luck.

  2. Hallo,

    Re: crotch fitting
    I think the pleats you made are folded pointed to the wrong side;
    now the opening in to the middle. They belong pointing to your hips! Look at photo of the pattern. I hope you understand the meaning. I am speaking Dutch bij native. Greeting of Yvonne

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