30s slacks

03.04.10 {1930s slacks}

[ click for a larger view. ]

This is a project that has actually been finished for a couple weeks, but because I kept forgetting to get photos, it’s taken me a bit to do a blog post! After seeing Reilly’s charming version of this pattern a bit back, I bought myself a copy of the reprint pattern–I couldn’t resist the easy-fit and elegant lines of the slacks! It’s taken me quite a bit to complete this project (it was just one of those things that stretched out over weeks; not because it was difficult, but that I just snuck in sewing in little slots of time), but was so worth it!


[ the reproduction pattern from the Vintage Fashion Library. ]

The slacks pattern, a reprint of an original 30s pattern, was like many from the era in needing some fitting modifications. What is commonly referred to as the “diaper look” among many vintage seamstresses; older pants patterns often have very long crotch seams. Sometimes this results in pants that look like they’re hanging around your knees! So I tend to automatically adjust the crotch length before I begin. I also reduced the amount of width in the back upper legs and front inner seam. This helped create a more fitted backside, which I find is just more flattering. The usual waist and hip adjustments were made too, along with raising the front upper edge a bit to accommodate for my long torso and high waist.

03.04.10 {1930s slacks}

[ click for a larger view. ]

The final pants (after a muslin fitting!) were made from light-tan linen/rayon blend. I thought about doing a darker, more “practical” color, but really had my heart set on a light colored linen. White or cream doesn’t work with me–I’m too clumsy to be trusted not to get anything on a light colored bottom within the first five minutes of wearing! So tan was the next best thing (and also fit into the “practical” category as it goes with a lot in my wardrobe). The belt buckle is a vintage shell one I bought on Etsy. Perhaps one of the biggest design changes I made with this pattern is to move the zipper from the front (originally the zipper is installed along the front over the hip) to the left side. The original look seemed too sporty for the more sophisticated fabric color, plus I like side zippers!

03.04.10 {1930s slacks}

[ sorry things are a bit wrinkly--I was just sitting at my computer before I took these! ]

These are super comfortable–I could seriously wear these forever! lol. I would say they’re akin to yoga pants in the softness and looseness of the cut. Plus, I love how flattering the shape is, compared to most slacks. The 30s definitely knew how to cut pants for a woman’s shape!

March 4, 2010 · 53 lovely thoughts
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Nadja March 4, 2010 at 06:51

Love the look! Those togeter with your sailor top would be super!

Andi B. Goode March 4, 2010 at 07:26

They’re fantastic, Casey – I love them. Also, if you keep swing dancing, they’ll be brilliant for that. ;] Seriously, one of the first things I think when I see an item of clothing now is ‘Could I swing dance in it?’
-Andi x

meaghan March 4, 2010 at 07:29

you never ever cease to dazzle us with your talent ! not to mention the fantastic eye you have for what will look good! xo

MsCleaver March 4, 2010 at 07:51

Those look great – the fit looks spot on and very flattering

Amanda Lee March 4, 2010 at 08:16

These are fantastic–wonderful job, as always!

Alyce March 4, 2010 at 08:29


Jenny-Rose March 4, 2010 at 08:34

How fabulous! They really are super flattering, great job on the fitting!

Stephanie March 4, 2010 at 08:50

Very classy!

Mugsy March 4, 2010 at 09:09

Fabulous dahlink, just fabulous! They really are a good look on you, and I’m amazed at all of the adjustments – just inspires me to learn more! :)

Karen March 4, 2010 at 09:18

LOVE. I need a pair. They are beautiful and look fantastic on you.

Quincy March 4, 2010 at 09:21

casey, these are amazing! you look fabulous!

Sally March 4, 2010 at 09:26

They’re simply marvelous! What a striking silhouette, too.

Gertie March 4, 2010 at 09:32

LOVE! These look amazing on you. I desperately want a pair now. Just what I need, another vintage pattern obsession!

Tuppence March 4, 2010 at 09:36

Oh! I think these are great. I love how the slacks of this era are just so feminine.

Jill March 4, 2010 at 09:44

just perfection. If you ever decide to make and sell such beauties, I’d be first in line ;)

lsaspacey March 4, 2010 at 10:03

Those look great, the width of those legs are exactly what I prefer on me. Are you going to make that little top? It’s adorable and please tell me if the scarf is detachable and actually comes through the shirt, because that’s what it looks like to me. Am I right?

Anna Allen March 4, 2010 at 10:06

those are super cute, casey! i have a soft spot for high waisted trousers. :) i have this pattern also, and have been meaning to make it up. and with all the high waisted trousers patterns i’ve used, i’ve also had the same problem with the baggy crotch. it makes a world of difference to bring it up just a bit. and much more flattering. i have a pair of linen trousers hanging on my door that i keep meaning to finish, but i end up forgetting about them. i’ll have to finish them for spring!

anja louise March 4, 2010 at 11:07

Nice work!! You are my sewing hero. I didn’t know about the weird extra-long diaper thing, haha. Learnin’ new things everyday!

Sarai March 4, 2010 at 11:13

I love the fit you got with these! They look so beautiful. I want a pair!

Lolita Haze March 4, 2010 at 11:42

I would never have thought to alter as much as you did in your pattern. I would have done it as is and then poohpoohed myself for having no sewing skills. Thank you for making this mention of all your alterations.

Sydney March 4, 2010 at 11:53

Love them! I just recently found some green gabardine fabric at an estate sale. I was thinking of attempting to make some late 30′s slacks!


Lindsey March 4, 2010 at 12:05

I love love love these!!!!!!!!!!!

Rosie March 4, 2010 at 12:31

Wow, those are beautiful! They look amazing with the striped shirt.

THE VILLAGE IDIOT March 4, 2010 at 12:35

so excited about finding your blog!! it’s adorable!
love all your projects- it reminds me that i too know how to sew and i should do it more often!!!

Estee March 4, 2010 at 13:02

Great job. I love that look!

Christina Thompson March 4, 2010 at 13:12

That outfit is just so cute! i love the adjustments that you made to the pattern.

Victoria March 4, 2010 at 13:39

oh goodness. seriously. I want you to come over and teach me to sew better since I can’t figure it out on my own no matter how much I try. If only I had a teleportation device!

meli88a March 4, 2010 at 14:35

Wow… “Diaper look” doesn’t describe this. You look like a tall drink of water in these pants. Love the fit on you!

reilly March 4, 2010 at 14:42

Oooh, they came out wonderful! I love that you moved the zipper and can make patterns your own so easily – I would have no clue how to make an adjustment if I wanted to (beyond increasing a seam allowance, haha).

Miss Meetah March 4, 2010 at 14:56

Oh, how utterly gorgeous!! So flattering and elegant!

Eunice March 4, 2010 at 15:41

Wow Casey your pants came out so nice and they look lovely on you:)

Mel March 4, 2010 at 15:47

WOW this is amazing! The pants look fantastic on you, and I love the nautical feel of your outfit! I also like that blouse in the pattern!

Mary Lou March 4, 2010 at 16:00

I’ll just echo everyone- they look terrific! You did a great job! See ya soon!

Jennifer March 4, 2010 at 16:49

Oh my word I need some of those!!! Why can’t they make pants like this anymore?! I’m so tired of seeing pants in the stores that are cut for men but say they are for women, it’s not right!

Nancy March 4, 2010 at 17:13

Oh, these are ever so smashing! They are exactly the pants I’ve been dreaming of for my new winter wardrobe. I love the cut – you’ve done a tremendously good job x

Miss Jay March 4, 2010 at 17:17

I bought this pattern a couple of weeks ago, and have been wondering whether to move the zip. Yours look brilliant, I’m very inspired now!

Elissa of Spandexpony March 4, 2010 at 20:41

Oh my gosh, those look wonderful!!!

Erica March 4, 2010 at 21:49

Great job! I love how casual it looks but still very lovely! Especially the red necklace! :)

Solanah March 4, 2010 at 22:48

Love them! I made a pair too from a 1933 pattern, they are so comfy and sleek! I’m loving the color choice on yours, red would be fun too!

Rachel March 5, 2010 at 03:19

Gorgeous! They look very sophisticated.

Erika March 5, 2010 at 07:04

Wonderful! I think the slacks have a very Ginger Rogers-feeling to them. Elegant but comfortable and relaxed. Perfect for spring!

Kitten March 5, 2010 at 12:27

Oh yeah, I am SO making another pair of high waisted trousers soon because those look really, really lovely! Andconsidering all the changes you made to your pattern I think I’ll just stick to altering that same old pattern I’ve used before…Ah the joy of pattern alteration! :)

Tilly March 5, 2010 at 14:25

Ooh I love!

Sara March 5, 2010 at 21:58

I’m certain there’s a movie where Ginger Rogers is wearing that. Or Katherine Hepburn. Absolutely!

Heidi Stoke March 6, 2010 at 10:58

So So cute! I couldn’t wear these at the moment but I want to!

Angel March 7, 2010 at 06:32

What a nice pants! And thanks for sharing the fitting modifications you did, it will be very helpfull when I will sew my own pants.

Helen March 7, 2010 at 15:04

lovely! i really like high waisted pants but i think i’m too short for them.

Miss Jay March 8, 2010 at 15:43

Thanks again Casey – I made mine over the weekend!

Mrs. B March 10, 2010 at 08:53

These are darling! Cannot wait to try my hand at high waisted trousers!
You really look like Judy Garland in these photos!

ashley March 10, 2010 at 11:02

I am afraid of this type of slacks since I have a high waist, naturally. But they look DARLING on you. :)

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