Stealth Project: Wearing History Shorts, circa 1930s

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Back view.

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Front view.

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Alternate side view.

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View of shoes and toes.

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I needed a pair of shorts to wear to a Fourth of July barbecue over the weekend, so I made these high-waisted shorts in a span of two days. They are very comfy and are approaching granny-chic, but I’m fine with that.

Construction notes: I’ve made the trousers before from the same pattern, and just altered the leg length for shorts. I used leftover navy blue gabardine and a leftover button from my last project. I used cotton sateen as interfacing which was a bad idea, since the waistband came out too bulky and my machine messed up my one and only buttonhole. The button was big enough to hide my mistake though, and it’s still very much usable.

I don’t know if I’ll make another pair or shorts this summer, but if I do I plan to put in pockets.

It took an entire month and my hair is straight-ish but I finally managed to coax my hair into looking like something vintage-related. Slowly but surely.

Sewing updates: Wearing History Blouse

Here is my progress so far on the Wearing History blouse. I finally got over my fear of buttonholes and learned how to use seam binding.

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Front view, before setting in sleeves.

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View of collar and pockets. It looks obscured by the heavy floral print, but the pockets are there.

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I used painter’s tape to mark the buttonhole placements on my fabric.

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I finally got over my fear of making buttonholes. (I’ve been bringing my projects to a buttonhole place at the garment district.)

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Button view.

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Back view.

Finished object: Wearing History Smooth Sailing, Trousers

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Front view.

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Alternate front view.

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Front view, with cardigan and knit top.

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Side view.

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Back view.

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I finished these trousers last week and have only had a chance to properly photograph them over the weekend. I’ve been wearing them almost every day since it’s gotten very cold here. I finished these in one day (about ten hours?), from making a muslin to getting a finished product.

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Pattern Review:

Finished object: Wearing History Smooth Sailing, Trousers

Pattern Used: Wearing History Smooth Sailing, Mid 1930s Sports Trousers, size A

Pattern Description: High-waisted trousers, 1930s style.

Pattern Sizing: I used packet A, Bust 30-32-34. I cut a size 34, waist 28 for the trousers.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I made a muslin before I cut this in my fashion fabric, and it turned out pretty well. The high-waist is comfortable and flattering, and very practical.

Fabric Used: 60″ wool fabric with a good drape, 2 yards. $10/yard.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No revisions except for shortening the pant leg, since I am short. I serged the edges before I assembled the pieces together, and seamed up the left pants leg before I inserted the invisible zipper. I interfaced the waistband as well.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

Conclusion: This will be my TNT (tried and true) pattern for wide-legged, high-waist trousers. I’ve already made another one so far since finishing these.

Wearing History Wool Trousers, circa 1930s

I know I’m supposed to be hand-sewing the facing on my Anne Adams dress, but I couldn’t resist a practical stealth project. This deviates from my plan to make garments one season ahead, but it’s in the 20s in the NYC region this week, and I needed something warmer to wear other than my wool skirt. This garment is part of my Fall/Winter 2010-2011 capsule.

Black is very hard to photograph, and black fabric indoors during winter is even harder. Proper photos upcoming.

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In progress shots.

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Esteemed Sewing Assistant, assisting.

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Channeling my inner PJ Harvey and my inner Katherine Hepburn. I usually wait until it’s daylight to photograph my projects, but I love these pants.

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Channeling my inner Kat Von D.

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Pattern Review:

Fabric used: Black wool – 2 yd, $24

Notions: zipper – $1

Total cost: $25

Pattern: Wearing History Smooth Sailing trousers

Year: c. 1930s?

Time to complete: 7 hours. This includes making a muslin for the trousers.

First worn: January 24, 2011

Wear again: Yes. I’m making a cotton gabardine version now for Spring/Summer.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None. Surprisingly it fit right off the envelope. I serged the edges as I went along, and it came together smoothly.