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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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  • 4

    Posted 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:

  • 5

    Posted 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.

  • 3

    Posted 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.

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