BUT. I. NEED. PANTS.
I walk to work. I run up and down the stairs of my office building. Sometimes my legs are cold. Sometimes I haven't shaved. Sometimes I just don't want to wear a skirt. I need trousers!
Finally, after realize that I have no office-appropriate pants (aka, my two pairs of jeans aren't allowed, except on Fridays), I decided that I had to do something about it. Repro, like I said, gets expensive (and the sizes don't usually fit me because I'm so short), so I went the me-made route.
I went to a pattern shop on Etsy that I frequent: Midvale Cottage. I've bought things from the owner, Kathleen, before, and she is great to work with. (I bought this Vogue robe pattern from her as well!) Her patterns always arrive in perfectly fitting plastic sleeves which I keep the patterns in while I store them to keep them safe. Her shop is also beautifully curated with almost 350 patterns in just the 10s-40s and 50s sections right now. Personally, I'm a sucker for the unique older patterns, and that's just what she's got!
So, I decided on Simplicity 4362 and a couple neutral, yet comfy and wrinkle-resistant fabrics to work with. (This post will feature the brown fabric; another color will be featured soon.) Look! The pattern even has BICYCLE STRAPS!
I love the trousers in this pattern! They're relatively easy to make up, even with the pocket. (I had never put in pockets like this, and I got it right! The instructions were actually clear enough!) While I did have to struggle a bit on getting the pattern to fit me, that's not the pattern's fault. Nearly all pants patterns, I'm finding, have to be adjusted to get proportions right. (There are more pattern details at the bottom, as usual!)
The way the pleats drop below the waist is nice, in my opinion, and helps me not look so bulky around the waist. (This is my 1940s catalogue pose.)
Here is a summary of the pattern details and things I changed:
Fabric: Cotton with a twinge of polyester, I think.
Pattern: Simplicity 4362
Year: early 1940s
How historically accurate is it? Pretty accurate! I didn't use a metal zipper, and I think the scrap cloth I made the pocket out of may be synthetic. The shape of the garment itself, though, is totally accurate!
Any tricky parts to the pattern? Just general fitting, but most pants patterns need that.
Did you change anything? Yes, I had to shorten the pattern (shocking? No.), and I widened the hips and decreased the rise to have a longer inseam. It helps me not look as short!
Time to complete: A week (fit issues, mostly. DEFINITELY make a muslin first.)
First worn: August 28, 2014
Total cost: $14 pattern + $2 shipping + $12 fabric = $28
Notes: Seriously, make a muslin. Figure out the fit you want first!