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.
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 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 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. The blouse is close to the original mid 1930s source material, with improvements for fit and versatility. 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. The pattern is printed on good quality bond paper. This pattern comes all neatly packaged in a clear resealable plastic bag so you can keep your pieces, instructions, and you can add your own fabric swatch and inspiration photos so they can be kept in one handy little packet!
This pattern is recommended for intermediate sewers. A basic knowledge of sewing terminology and zipper application is expected. *Please note* that I have heard back from customers that this runs very small in the bicep of the sleeve and cuff, and some say it runs small in the armscye. A muslin mock up is highly suggested to fit the pattern before cutting into your fashion fabric. Please read the reviews below that cusomers have graciously left of their experiences using this pattern for more feedback.
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-
Bust 30-32-34 Waist 24-26-28 Hip 33-35-37
Size Pack B-
Bust 36-38-40 Waist 30-32-34 Hip 39-41-43
Photos by Allison Barcenas Photography Makeup by Katharina Ramirez of Go for Kat
LOVELY! VERY VERSATILE!
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!
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).
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.
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