Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wearing History Smooth Sailing Trousers

As promised, I wore my new trousers today.  I think I like them.  What do you think?
Sorry about the quality of pictures, it's dark when we leave for work/school and when we get home, so I can only take indoor pictures.  Color correcting them for the tungsten lighting makes the quality go down.  I think I'll do a proper pattern review for these as it's already 10 PM, meaning I need to get my tired self to bed.  (I have been up since 5 AM with the littlest boy.)

Pattern Description: The shorts and trousers hit at the natural waist and the waistband creates the high waist effect. The pants are darted in the back and the front has a single long release tuck at either side for a flattering slim cut. The waistband can be made with self belt loops and belt. The trousers can be made with or without cuffs and the shorts are cuffless. The rise is cut long for a vintage look, but not so long as to be baggy like many originals. They are very flattering!

Pattern Sizing:  I made the size 20 with no alterations.  My measurements are between the 18 and 20, but as I was lining them, I figured the larger size would be better.  They are a tiny bit loose in the waist, but not enough to make me change it.  They stay exactly wear they are supposed to.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.  They looked exactly like the photograph.  They were extremely well drafted, and simple to sew. 

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, if I had followed them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I loved everything about the pattern, except for the crotch curve. It's not exactly right for me, so it sits a bit funny.  I think that I'm going to buy a flexible ruler, so that I can fix that par for next time.  There will be a next time!

Fabric Used: Amacale Wool/Cashmere blend flannel in seagull gray and silver bemberg lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I lined them.  I also did a buttonhole and button instead of a hook and eye. Last but not least, I changed the waistband so I could use coutil on the inside, so I didn't have to use interfacing.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I am definitely going to sew it again.  They are so comfortable to wear.

I wore them with a pre-blog Deer and Doe blouse made with cotton from Brazil.   In order to keep it less straight up retro, I changed my updo a little bit, so that it didn't have the rolls in the front.  I did still get comments on how 1940's I looked.  Oh well- it's a look that fits me.  Now here are some more photographs:
Not the shoes I wore to work, but it's now that time of year in which I amass quite a collection of shoes under my desk.  I tossed on a pair of heels to properly show the length of the pants.

A goofy face, but it made me smile
A closer look at my hair.  You can see the rubberband, oops.  It's not quite long enough to hide it all the way yet.

The requisite back view.
So those are my new pants.  On the apron front, all the pockets are on.  A third of the waist ties are completely done.  The rest are sewn, but need to be turned right side out.  I hope to finish tomorrow, so I can start working on my Tilly and the Buttons Fracoise dress- she's holding a contest so I have to get it done by December 14.  Here's a preview of the fabric I am using.  It's cotton/silk faille.  I am excited.  But aprons first.  They have to get done.

And here are some pictures for the grandparents- it will make my mother happy that we got Alex's hair cut today.  She thinks that we grow it too long- when in reality it's that he will not sit still long enough to cut it.  Well and I am lazy about it.  Until next time- happy sewing!


  1. I think they are very flattering. I like the pleats at the front too. I have not been brave enough to try trousers yet, maybe in the new year.

  2. Those are lovely trousers. I like the wide-legged style as well, they are very comfortable. And wool will be so very warm.