I told you that I’ve been sewing pants and indeed I have. This is the second of three retro 1940’s pant patterns from Simplicity that I’ve tested out and definitely my favorite so far — Simplicity 3688.
Simplicity 3088 is a retro 1940’s re-issue that has a wide size range (why don’t ALL of the patterns have this?!) from 10-28W. I purchased this pattern when it came out, mostly as I am a collector of vintage re-issues. I wasn’t really into it and didn’t think that I’d ever sew it. However, I’ve been working on my fall/winter capsule wardrobe for two years now and it still is not where I’d like it to be as I don’t have many cold weather options in my closet. I’ve finally figured out what was missing — PANTS. Now, I really am a dresses girl and when it’s warm that’s all I care to wear, but when it’s cold I live my life in leggings when I’m hanging around the house. I’m wearing them right now actually. TBH, it’s just easier and it’s warmer. When I go out I usually put on tights, but a lot of the time that doesn’t seem to be warm enough. Enter the retro pant pattern — the missing piece to the puzzle.
What I love about 1940’s wide leg pants is that I can wear a slim-fitting top with them and feel good about it. I love skinny jeans, but I don’t love having to wear a long top to feel comfortable. I feel better having a defined waist. I imagine that coincides with my favored fit and flare dress aesthetic.
I wasn’t aware what I was missing until I sewed my first pair of 1940’s style pants and now I want more. MORE!
These trousers are made out of a wool/poly blend gabardine that I had in my stash. I purchased it to make a dress but I think I prefer it transformed into these pants. I made a 26/28W, grading between sizes following my measurements. I made ZERO adjustments. Not even to the length. Granted, these have a narrow hem when the suggested hem is wider, but still NO ADJUSTMENTS. The trousers have a side lapped zip with a top button closure and I finished all of my seams on my serger. The waistband has self-interfacing.
This pattern has been reviewed a lot on Pattern Review and when you google it, you can find many examples. I question why I never tried sewing them before. Duh! I’m a dresses girl! Well, everyone can change, right?
My next version of this pattern is going to be JEANS! I already have the selvedge denim to make a snazzy retro pair with all of the bells and whistles. The hardest part is always the fit, so since I seem to have that down, I’m going to make the jeans of my dreams.
- Trousers: Simplicity 3688 in wool/poly blend gabardine, made by me
- Sweater: Eddie Bauer
- Shoes: Bass Weejuns
- Purse: Vintage 1940’s/50’s
- Earrings: Vintage 1950’s/60’s from my grandma’s jewelry box
- Brooch: Redbird Vintage Box
- Lipstick: Besame 1931 Carmine (affiliate link)