I'm really starting to get into this whole vintage thing. Lately I can't seem to stay out of antique stores and my husband says I'm starting to dress like I stepped out of a time machine. Well that's vintage baby. This Sew for Victory sew along has really gotten me in the mindset of less is more. The 40's seemed like such a simpler time. No internet or cellphones. Far more socializing face to face or long letters being written. When is the last time you got a letter in the mail or hand written one yourself for that matter? Models in the magazines weren't airbrushed. Pinup ladies were the real deal. And the fashion was awesome which is why I love these pants so much!
I used retro Simplicity 4044. This is the same pattern I'll be using for the Sew for Victory sew along but in red I believe. I used a wool suiting from my stash of 2 years. The construction of these pants is super easy, only four pieces and can be completed in a day. Just my type of pattern. I really took my time with these and I love the result. I learned how to use my overlock foot for finishing the facing edges. That foot is awesome and I will definitely be using it more. The seams are all pinked (which set me back a day because my shears broke!) and I used my blind hem foot on the bottom hem.
I love the style of these pants but I knew I was going to have problems with the width on my small frame. I cut a size 10 and since I didn't make a muslin I basted first, much easier to rip out later, which is always inevitable for me. I ended up taking in the inseam half inch on each side. This reduced the width and also brought the crotch up for a better fit in that area. They have a side lapped zipper, back darts, and I just adore the front pleats. The front also has a little scallop detail (I guess that's what you'd call it) which is hard to see with my plaid shirt.
I feel these pants still look a little too wide on me when I stand in certain positions. Maybe it's just because I'm not used to this style. I haven't washed them yet either. It seems handmade garments fit and lay better after you wash them for the first time.
Who else is sewing for victory and how's it coming along? It's not too late to join! Rochelle has posted tons of resources and information on 1940's sewing styles and fashion. I'm particularly looking forward to the makeup and hairstyle post ;)