Thursday, February 10, 2011

Completed Project: 1970s Wide Leg Trousers


So I've finally resigned myself to the fact that I will probably only be updating this blog whenever I complete sewing projects which, at my current sewing rate, will be about 1x per week. I'm just in love with posting on my Tumblr blog, which I actually do daily, so check me out over there if you'd like!

My latest completed project is a pair of wide leg trousers that I made from an early 1970s Butterick pattern designed by Betsey Johnson. I think the design was actually inspired by 1940s-style trousers but with a much more exaggerated silhouette for stylin' 1970s seamstresses. :) These were really simple to make: several top stitched pleats at the front, a 7" zipper at the back, and a wide waistband with a button closure. I used a slubbed black and white rayon/linen blend fabric that I scored from a local thrift store for $4.00.







I'm really happy with how they came together. I'm obsessed with high waist, wide leg trousers (just as I'm obsessed with 1970s fashion in general) so I have 3 more (different) pair in my sewing queue waiting to be made. They are so comfy and breezy and perfect to wear up until it gets really hot during the summer!

9 comments:

  1. I think these are fab! Love the style, love the fabric. They are quite reminiscent of 40's.

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  2. Um, can I borrow these sometime? They're fantastic AND flattering! I'll have to keep my eye out for this pattern.
    P.S. - Glad to see a new project NOT from the 40s.

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  3. Gorgeous! I think these will be perfect for summer. Love the jacket from that pattern too.

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  4. @ Monique - Thank you! :)

    @ Lisette - Thanks! Yes, everyone in the home sewing world seems obsessed with 1940s and 1950s. I'm still waiting for 1970s fashion to make a come back....

    @ Spikklubba - Thanks so much! I'm not a huge fan of shorts so I hope to still be able to wear these during the summer. :)

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  5. These are pretty awesome. Nice to see I'm not the only one whose vintage includes the 70s. They have so many great designs, and these pants show why. Nice work on them as well!

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  6. i adore them! great fabric choice, too :)

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  7. Fabulous! These would look great paired with an orange/red billowy silk blouse and hearty stone necklace. :)

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  8. gorgeous! actually im drooling! how can we get the pattern?

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  9. Cool...........I graduated high school in 1976, and these pants were "the" style! I miss wearing them. I will be making a pair for sure!

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