Vintage Pattern Love- the 1930s wide legged cuffed trousers

So a few weeks ago, whilst losing myself in the absolute joy of a sale at The Fabric Store in Surrey Hills, I came across this absolutely divine mustard linen which they carried in two weights, lightweight and medium-heavy weight. It was the happy marriage of fabric and pattern- and the pattern was one I had already made a couple of years ago, Simplicity 2395 from the 1930s. My pattern is an original, its perfectly my size and the first time I wore my trousers I had the great pleasure of explaining to a polite enquiry that no, they couldn’t be bought from a store because I made them myself- every dressmaker knows how good that feels. There’s a lot of ease through the hip, they drape well and they feel great to wear.

Buttons chosen for the concealed button closure – one of my favourite elements of the pattern, that escalate it from run of the mill to uber cool

So anyway, this linen lurched at me, it begged to be bought and made and despite weeks of Winter sickness in our household (young kiddos)! I managed to find a few spare hours to get my project started- how could the promise and allure of Summer days on the beach with a big floppy hat and a paperback be ignored?

The trousers are probably less than 7 hours of sewing time from completion (with a thorough press to boot), but I don’t skimp of the hand stitching where its needed, though there are probably some faster ready to wear techniques that could be used, I prefer a true reproduction garment. And yes, I otherwise made it on my beloved vintage Singer 222k (affectionately referred to as “Gidget”)!

On cue, the universe rewarded me with an iTunes viewing of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society viewing with lots of vintage fashion (and wide legged pants inspiration)! Highly recommend the film for fashion lovers (sensational 40s dress inspiration too)!

\ The corresponding cam that I use in my Singer buttonholer- once upon a  time one of the most expensive Singer attachments you could buy. The buttonholes are always  so neat!

The thing about a  pattern you love, is that you know it s going to be a life long affair- there’s no stopping at one or two. And seriously, why just two colours? In linen these are so cool and airy… It appears there is now some red linen finding its way to me.

So what does everyone do with their pretty linen scraps? Mine appaear to be destined for lavendar sachets and dolls clothes for my daughter!

The North Sydney Library stocks an array of overseas fashion magazines and I loved this images of loose, casually fitting clothes-  wide legged pants are definitely classic!

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