Monday, 27 February 2012

A 1940s Trousers Saga. Part 3: Tips, Tutorials and Makes

There are so many amazingly talented sewers in the blogging world that have been wonderful sources of inspiration and information while I work on this project. Trousers have that reputation for being troublesome to make, mostly due to how hard they can be to get the initial fit right. Compared to most other garments, they can be remarkably hard to figure out when it comes to solving fit issues, but the wealth of knowledge around the web simplifies things so much!

One of the best tutorials comes from Sunni of A Fashionable Stitch, who ran this trouser sewalong last year using this BurdaStyle pattern. Her tutorial series is a step-by-step walkthrough covering everything from cutting the pattern and supplies to finishing details and adding linings. Her posts on fitting are excellent and easy to follow with photos and diagrams to illustrate.


Casey has made several pairs of beautiful trousers in different styles. These 1930s slacks are a lovely idea for a cool and flattering summer outfit, made of a linen/rayon blend.

03.04.10 {1930s slacks}
 
Her girl-next-door jeans are a really nice adaptation of the Wearing History Smooth Sailing Trousers from my first post. They're made in the style of 1940s jeans with contrast stitching and patch pocket details: she describes the alterations she made to the pattern in this post.


This was her first pair made from this pattern, in a cambray-blue cotton twill:

09.28.10 {smooth sailing trousers}

Of course, there is also the pair that started this whole thing off, from Handmade Jane.