Wearing History

Smooth Sailing 1930s Sports Togs Pattern


Wearing History #1002

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

Also available as an e-pattern.  Find it on this page.

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.

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

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

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


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



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Written by Breanna on Apr 14th 2016

Great Pattern!

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.

Written by Charlotte Boyer on Apr 10th 2016

I LOVE this trouser pattern!

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?

Written 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 : http://cuisinecoutureandrocknroll.blogspot.fr/2013/02/yours-truly-1-pants-0.html

Written 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!

Written 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).

Written 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.

Written 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: pants: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2011/02/pants.html blouse: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2011/01/making-blouse-can-be-smooth-sailing.html

Written by Casey on Apr 10th 2016


I’ve only made the slacks, but was extremely pleased with how quickly the pattern went together, fit and the adjustments Lauren made to update the fit a bit. The result was trousers that I wear a lot and they’re comfortable and flattering! I wrote a review post on my blog for those interested: http://elegantmusings.com/2010/09/1940s-trousers-pattern-review/

Written by Steph on Apr 10th 2016


This comes from a vintage sloper or block, so it’s going to need a little modern fine-tuning. I regularly need to alter the biceps and armscythes for 30’s tops, and this one is much the same. Also remember to factor in a little wearing ease. This is a great base to work from, every body is different so most things need a little tweaking. Also, I didn’t interface, it’s not a vintage thing to do really. Do whatever pleases you best. I found the pants to be rather fitted through the front and the back, at least form mid hip upwards. To be sure, just make a quick muslin. No harm, no foul.

Written by Sheila on Apr 10th 2016


The blouse well drafted except the sleeves, the armcye is way too small and the yoke too wide. This gives an overall “out of proportion” look, one can hardly move their arm. The cuffs are very tight, had to add a full inch in width. Front facings should be interfaced, but not in instructions. Slacks are very wide legged, but that is 30’s style, and very generous in the seat and front.