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E-PATTERN- Size Pack B- Smooth Sailing Trousers





This listing is for SIZE PACK B of the TROUSERS ONLY

Waist 30-32-34
Hip 39-41-43

-  Pattern Description - 

This is a pattern for the trousers alone from the Smooth Sailing pattern, for those who wish to purchase seperately.

This pattern is for the perfect casual vintage ensemble- for dancing, wearing about town, and anywhere you want to take them- tailored enough to be dressy but casual enough to go anywhere! This pattern was based off of mid 1930s casual looks but can carry you anywhere from 1936-1942.  Or mix and match with your modern wardrobe for a vintage flair!


- Trousers -

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!

- Design Info & Your Pattern Pack -
This pattern was inspired by original mid 1930s patterns but has been based on a vintage blocks.  The trousers are updated and redrafted for an improved fit.  This pattern includes easy to understand pattern markings, and brand new step-by-step illustrated instructions.  This pattern also includes cutting layouts for 45" and 60" fabric, and a yardage chart and supply list.

- Pattern Difficulty -

This pattern is recommended for intermediate sewers. A basic knowledge of sewing terminology and zipper application is expected. A muslin mock up is very highly suggested, as this pattern runs true to size with very little ease.


 - Sizing -

If you are between sizes order the next size larger, as my patterns have less ease than modern standards.  Please order pattern by measurements (given in inches), as the size numbers do not equate to modern pattern sizing and pattern sizing can vary from pattern to pattern on my website.

Size Pack A- Size 12-14-16
Bust 30-32-34
Waist 24-26-28
Hip 33-35-37

Size Pack B- Size 18-20-22

Bust 36-38-40
Waist 30-32-34
Hip 39-41-43



This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper.  You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale.  Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern.

This pattern fits US Letter or A4 sized paper.  You will print these documents on your home printer, cut off the border, and tape them together to form a larger pattern layout.  Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.

This pattern uses 44 total sheets of paper

  • 35 sheets for the trousers
  • 8 for the instruction pack
  • 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet

-  How to Download -  

You may download it twice after checkout.

By purchasing this pattern you agree to the following terms:  This e-pattern is licensed exclusively to the person who purchases this pattern from Wearing History for the sole purpose of home sewing or non-profit use.  Commercial or production use is prohibited.  Do not share this pattern by email or any other form.  Remember, I make my living by using my talents to make these patterns.  Help support indie small business by telling your friends to purchase their own copy of this pattern from Wearing History

Photos by Allison Barcenas Photography
Makeup by Katharina Ramirez of Go for Kat

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Written by Emileigh Rogers on Apr 26th 2016


I love this pattern! Oftentimes 30s-40s wide legged trousers are not so flattering for petite, short people, but these are fabulous! They aren’t too wide, and the line makes for a longer-looking leg. They’re easy to put together, easy to alter (for pants), and I’m going to make many more pairs! I have more details in this blog post: http://www.flashbacksummer.com/2015/08/finally-smooth-sailing-trousers.html

Written by Laura Mae on Apr 26th 2016


This is the pattern that finally made me take the plunge and make myself a pair of pants. After seeing so many wonderful versions, I had to get in on the action! Using this easy to construct pattern with wide legs eased me through some of the potential fitting problems that a slim fit pair of pants would have thrown at me. Side zippers are always a challenge for my curvy hips, so I moved the opening to the center back seam. I also exaggerated the hip curve a bit. And I lengthened the rise, but since I have to do this with all of my fitted skirts, that was no surprise. I would highly recommend this pattern as easy to put together and great to wear! Now I just need to make up the matching blouse . . . and perhaps another pair of trousers if/when I come across the perfect fabric . . .

Written by Leimomi (The Dreamstress) on Apr 26th 2016


Fabulous pants! One of the best trouser patterns ever! Very Katherine Hepburn, and very easy. I whip them up in under 3 hours, and love wearing them. They are my go-to personal trouser pattern, just as they are, and with alterations for pockets and pleat variants as well. This is such a good pattern that I use it as an introduction to trousers pattern for my sewing students (with permission from WH, and every student buys their own pattern, of course!), because I know the pattern will got together perfectly at ever size, and will need very little alteration for different bodies. Because they have a more modern rise, rather than a dropped 1940s rise, they can be a bit short in the rise if you are very high waisted with a long rise, and/or a full bottom (e.g: me), so the crotch line may need a little alteration – but no crotch line works for every body. Thoroughly recommended! The trousers straight off the pattern, with a slightly lengthening of the crotch line: http://thedreamstress.com/2014/01/the-smooth-sewing-trousers-and-twilight-glory/ The trousers with pockets and pleat alterations: http://thedreamstress.com/2014/12/the-hepburn-in-hakatere-trousers/

Written by Lauren on Apr 26th 2016


The easiest pants EVER. I sewed these in 5 hours with just the tiniest alteration in the darts. I’m *amazed* at how quickly and perfectly they went together. SO happy and will be making many more pants with this pattern.

Written by Jennifer on Apr 26th 2016


First pair of pants that I have been able to sew straight from the pattern with no alterations! And they fit beautifully and are so comfortable. Can’t wait to make more