Sunday, 12 June 2011
Trousers in the 1940’s were by no means a staple in a woman’s wardrobe, though due to the war, they became a bit more common, due to practicality. We are still decades from where we are today and many women never wore trousers at all. My Mum once told me that her grandmother who was born in the 1880’s and lived to be almost 80, never owned pair trousers in her whole life. Trousers, with few exceptions, belonged to sportswear and for casual occasions. For the whole of the four years my wardrobe plans span, there are only two pair of trousers planned, the first one being part of an ensemble consisting of trousers, jacket and a skirt in brown gabardine.
I’m not a trouser gal. In fact, for the past 20 years I have only owned a pair of jeans to be worn on the very few occasions I find trousers more practical than a skirt. I have always felt more at home in skirts, but the reason I gave up on trousers has also a lot to do with my problems of finding trousers that fit. I have a high and compared to my hips, narrow waist, broad hips, a bit of a tummy (even in my slimmest days) and a flat derriere. I have never owned a pair of pants that have been both comfortable and flattering and my first reaction to the brown trousers was that I would omit them completely. Then I thought that one of the reasons I do this project is to get out of my sewing comfort zone and I have never made trousers. I have encountered quite a lot of flack on the 40’s trousers shape, but I like it, so trousers there will be.
I have Wearing History’s trouser pattern, which I really like, but they would need some extensive grading to fit and being so new to sewing trousers, well, I feel I would like to not fiddle too much with the patters. Especially since I will, in all probability, need to fiddle with the fit anyway. So I purchased a trouser pattern from New Vintage Lady instead. This pattern is actually too large, but I think it will be easier to fit anyway. I have rather a large amount of brown wool, not gabardine, but if it’s enough for jacket, trousers and skirt, then I think I will use it anyway. First step, though, will be to do a mock-up that fits…