Hello dears! Today I am excited to share with you my first ever me-made jeans! When Lauren of Wearing History was having her kickstarter for her ready-made clothing line, I knew that I wanted to participate and support her in some way. I had also been eyeing her Smooth Sailing 1930’s Sports Togs pattern since I have been on the look out for a simple pattern for vintage jeans. When I found a digital e-Pattern of choice from her shop was a prize for supporting her on Kickstarter, everything was perfect: I could both help fund Lauren, and get the pattern I had been coveting, all in one fell swoop! It was a total win-win!
The pants were SO ridiculously easy to whip up! I absolutely LOVE patterns that are easily put together, and Lauren’s Smooth Sailing trousers were one of those staples. I first made a mock-up, made some alterations to the pattern (read: narrowed down the hips, since this little lady has been blessed with very little of those… ahem…), and set to work cutting out the pair you see above. A yardage of denim/spandex blend had been sitting in my stash for a while, waiting for me to fashion a pair of jeans out of it, and finally it’s dream (or rather my dream… 😉 came true! I chose a spandex/denim blend because I wanted the comfort of stretch with the classiness of denim. Boy, but was that a good choice! These pants are like sweat pants, as far as comfort goes! I topstitched the sides and sewed the hem with contrasting blue thread, and added a sweet wooden button to fasten the waistband.
Our family is very strict on the fit of pants that we girls can wear: they can’t be tight around the rear, or close fitting on the leg. Why? 1) Revealing that part of our body through tight fitting clothing could cause our brothers in Christ to stumble in their faith, and 2) We girls just plumb don’t feel comfortable sporting clothing that fits us that well. One of the reasons why I love the 1930s/1940s trousers so much is that they fit so loosely around the back and legs, so they totally fit in with our family’s modesty standards! Sweet! Ah, the perks of adoring vintage fashion… 😀
I am in love with these pants, and definitely plan to make another pair (maybe out of twill, or tweed, or suiting… ideas, ideas :D). To any gal wanting a pair of (modest!) 1930s-40s trousers, I would definitely recommend Lauren’s pattern!
One more thing before I go: Lilla Rose is having a sale of 10% off all holiday themed items (Christmas presents, anyone?) and free shipping on all orders $40+! Be sure to take advantage of this sale while you can, and stock up on some pretty holiday-themed hair accessories!
CREDITS // Author: Charlotte Boyer; Photography: Brigid Boyer; Photos edited with VSCO Presets