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Smooth Sailing 1930s Sports Togs Pattern

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Wearing History #1002

Smooth Sailing Mid 1930s Sports Togs Pattern- Blouse, Trousers, and Shorts

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Our best selling pattern, this Wearing History Signature Style 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 design is inspired by the mid to late 1930s. It works well for looks from 1935 to 1939, but can look just as chic when mixed in with modern basics. The yoked blouse has short puffed sleeves cut on the straight of grain and cuffs that are cut on the bias. It has a self facing and buttons up the front. It provides the perfect background for fun buttons, and the cut is fitted at the waist but loose at top. It's perfect for prints or solids! The front can be buttoned all the way up to the neck or the top buttons can be left off to make a notched collar.

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!

This pattern is recommended for intermediate sewers. A basic knowledge of sewing terminology and zipper application is expected. 


This pattern is Misses Size.  Juniors, petites, and plus sizes may require adjustments.

Measurements given in inches

Bust 30-32-34-36-38-40

Waist 24-26-28-30-32-34

Hip 33-35-37-39-41-43

For the extended size version of this pattern in 41"-53" bust click here.


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


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  • 5
    Smooth Sailing trousers

    Posted by Janice Walter on Jul 29th 2020

    I think I just found my new favorite pants pattern. I added an in seam pocket in my practice pair. Will size up next pair.

  • 5
    Smooth Sailing Bouse, Trousers, & Shorts Pattern

    Posted by Patricia Saitz on Aug 9th 2019

    I have never sewn this pattern before but the instructions were clear and straightforward. So I decided after fitting the pattern to me, I was able to make the blouse without any alterations. I will definitely make more blouses from this pattern.

  • 5
    Great Pattern!

    Posted by Breanna on Apr 14th 2016

    I love this pattern! I made a mockup of the pants, but realized I didn't need one, because they fit so well! Flattering, easy, and quick to sew.
    The blouse is very easy, too. I just made the sleeves/armscyes a little bigger, because I like extra room.
    I am planning to attach a matching skirt to the blouse so I can have a dress.

  • 5
    I LOVE this trouser pattern!

    Posted by Charlotte Boyer on Apr 10th 2016

    I LOVE this trouser pattern! It is so easy to whip up and fit perfectly to your own custom size (I’ve already made 2 pairs :)

    My photo was inspired by the everyday fashions of a 1940s teen, and quite coincidentally matched this image perfectly (I guess I have good taste?

  • 4

    Posted by Juliette on Apr 10th 2016

    I had never sewn pants before tackling these and was therefore a little bit nervous, but after making 2 muslins to get the fit right (I’m somewhat between size packs A and B size-wise), the construction of the pants was really amazingly quick!
    For my first try at these, I kept them as simple as possible (no belt loops and no cuffs) and I really love them. Theyr’e very simple and elegant, easy to dress up or down, and although I think I got the fit right, they’re far from being uncomfortably clingy.
    All in all, a great pattern, for winter clothes as much as for summer!
    Note : I only put 4 stars because I didn’t try to make the shorts and blouse, but maybe I will!
    I also wrote a blog post about them, which you can read (sorry for the bad picture, the details are hard to see on it) here :

  • 5

    Posted by Evangeline on Apr 10th 2016

    The sizes for me are unfortunately a little off, but I am able to alter them easily, so it’s not a problem :) I love how versatile this pattern is, you really can make an endless supply of clothing! Trousers, shorts, blouses in various lengths and styles, even jumpsuits!

  • 4

    Posted by Bex on Apr 10th 2016

    I’ve only sewing the blouse, but it’s perfect (I used the size 22)! I deepened the arm holes, and added width to the sleeve cuffs and I love it! I can’t wait to sew more (and to try the pants).

  • 5

    Posted by Rachel on Apr 10th 2016

    When I bought this pattern I knew it would probably be a bit over my head so I had a friend from church enlisted and lined up to help should I need it. But I didn’t end up needing any help at all!
    The instructions were very clear and helpful. Just when I thought I was stuck I looked at the instructions and a picture was there to help me through.
    I made this over the course of a couple of evenings, putting in a few hours after the kids were in bed. It took about 3 evenings total or about 5-6 hrs.
    I love these pants and will totally be making another pair. I can see these becoming my go-to pants for casual wear.

  • 5

    Posted by Stephanie on Apr 10th 2016

    This is a great pattern to add some separates to your wardrobe. I’d heard a lot of pants gone wrong stories, but this pattern was quite easy. I did adjust the crotch a bit and take in a bit on the sides as they were a bit looser in the hips than I would have liked.

    I have also made the blouse pattern and it just darling in a print! I narrowed the shoulders and added width to the arm holes, but I normally have to do this. I’ve already picked out fabric for a second one!

    See my versions here:

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