Thursday, January 26, 2012

Completed Project: 1970s Betsey Johnson High Waist Pants

When I moved back to North Carolina almost 9 months ago, I unintentionally lost a lot of weight due to stress and other factors. I found that all of the pants and trousers that I'd put so much time into making no longer fit, which left me without a few essential wardrobe basics. So now, along with looking for thrifted vintage pieces, I'm trying to sew and build up my wardrobe again (with a 1970s slant, of course)! I used Butterick #3846 (a "Young Designer" pattern by Betsey Johnson) to make this pair of simple high waist pants:

Do forgive the dark and pixelated photos! I am well in need of a new camera (and some natural sunlight)!

I omitted quite a few details from the original design and opted to keep these pants extremely basic. I thought the extreme high waist fit and wide legs made enough of a statement. The original pattern design included huge patch pockets over the hips, round applique patches at the knees and a detachable bib.

I wore these out to lunch today and received a few nice compliments. The fabric that I used is a lightly slubbed medium weight denim-look cotton that I purchased with a huge lot of patterns at a local sale. I thought this type of fabric would be perfect for the transition from winter to spring - not too heavy or too light. The pants have a front zipper, wider than usual waistband and button closure.

I will definitely be wearing these often and I'm so glad to have a basic pair of high waist pants in my wardrobe again!

Fabric - approximately $1.00
Zipper - approximately $2.00
Pattern - $6.49 from Granni Gert's Attic @ Etsy


  1. Wow, those look so great! I was a teenager in the 70's so of course I am very fond of the styles and these are authentic without being too did a great job!

  2. Thanks so much! I was born during the latter part of the 1970s and grew up admiring the styles my mom wore during the early 1970s!

  3. I love those Betsey Johnson pants...but I want that DEVO t-shirt!:)

    1. Got that shirt 1/2 off from here:

      Looks like it's still half off, too!

  4. Welcome back! I've missed the fellow 70s enthusiasm from your blog! Those are some great pants.

    1. Thank you, Lisette! I unfortunately had to take an extended break from sewing, and I'm still struggling to find the time. I did finish a pair of shorts and a modified version of the Colette Sorbetto tank tank recently. I've always enjoyed your blog and the mutual 1970s admiration as well, by the way!

    2. Glad to see high waisted are back I do wear them from time to time