Wednesday 25 August 2010

Sew It - Simplicity 3688

At last, I have something vintage and sewing related to write about!! I seem to have hit a bit of a lazy patch with regards to expanding my vintage wardrobe, I have started a few things and have left them half finished. It seems at the moment unless the item is a gift I can't seem to finish it, I guess I must need the pressure of a deadline to work keeping me on track. Anyway, one project I have managed to finish is a long awaited pair of trousers from a new old pattern.

~ High Waisted 1940s Swing Trousers ~

The Butterfly Balcony - Simplicity 3688 1940's Trousers

2m of Cotton blend fabric
7" Zipper
1 Button

I decide to make the high waisted trouser as I have wanted to make them for a while now (about 4 years) and as I needed some new work trousers desperately. I used a dark blue lightweight cotton/nylon mix fabric, which I bought from Walthamstow market for just £1 a meter! The fabric is a little thinner than I would have liked, but it is light enough to make it perfect for summer wear.

After having made up mainly vintage patterns for a while now, I found it quite a chore to have to locate all the relevant pattern pieces and then cut them from the tissue - I did say I was lazy! Once three the pieces were located they were ever so simple to make up and could be easily done in a couple of hours - providing you have someone the help with pinning the hem!

The Butterfly Balcony - Simplicity 3688 1940's Trousers

I am really happy with the result, I did have a bit of trouble with the sides being a little baggy at the hips, but after washing and wearing them a few times this seems to have settled down, also the darts have flattened out and now don't look so puffy. I will definitely be making another pair as they have been so easy, and are so comfortable to wear. Hopefully, It won't take me quite as long to start them this time!!

Wendy x


  1. It looks very pretty! You did a good job :).

  2. Hi Wendy, I am new to your site. But I wanted to tell you how much I love the swing pants. I have bought the pattern and am going to have a go at making some myself.I love the cardi and the outfit looks great. I appreciate your information re vintage sewing and knitting which is a great resource.
    Felicity Lemon
    Down Under

  3. Hi Felicity, Thank you soo much for your lovely coments:)
    Good luck with the swing pants I promise they are really easy!

  4. Hi Wendy. You look fabulous in the Simplicity 3688 trousers. I am a new librarian and was looking for a vintage 'sailor boy' pattern to make and wear to work...thank you! Did you knit the lovely vintage sweater? Is it a Susan Crawford? Cheers!