Subversive Femme

FO: 1940s Wide Leg Trousers (EvaDress/Simplicity 3322)

This year seems to be the Year of the Pants, which can’t be a bad thing.

I feel like I’m taking baby steps towards tackling my dream project – perfect vintage jeans – and these wide leg trousers are just one step down that road.


The pattern is EvaDress 3322, which is a reproduction of Simplicity 3322 circa 1940, and I used navy gaberdine fabric from Spotlight.
















Overall, I’m really happy with how these came out BUT be warned, I made four muslins before I got the fit right.

I’m about a 35 inch waist and 48 inch hips, and the pattern had so much ease in the trousers that I used a size 40 (to fit 34 waist and 43 hip).

I was also expecting them to be rather long in the crotch but they were actually quite short and needed adjusting.


  • used a back-zipper instead of side buttons
  • lengthened the total crotch depth by 3/4 inch front and back
  • added extra seam allowance to back seam for zip
  • took in at the waist by half an inch
  • removed excess width on the back of the legs, about an inch
  • shortened legs by an inch

You can see a close up of the back zipper here – oh dear, I didnt realise I was covered in cat hair, sorry!

These are supremely comfortable pants, and I can’t wait to make the full overalls version from the packet as well.

Well, now I have the basis for my jeans sorted – time to get started, right?


  • Blouse – made by me, Smooth Sailing in Denyse Schmidt Florence
  • Saddle Shoes – Bass Enfield
  • Bakelite earrings and bracelets – Etsy
  • Bakelite airplane brooch – made by me
  • Lipstick – Nars Velvet Matte in Red Square

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  • Reply
    Cherry Darling
    May 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    What a wonderful job! You are such an inspiration for my knitting and sewing.

    She Knits in Pearls

  • Reply
    Jessica Cangiano
    May 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Swoon! Those are stunning! I think they classify as perfect wide legged trousers and are definitely an awesome stepping stone on the road to your ideal jeans.

    ♥ Jessica

  • Reply
    Linda baker
    May 31, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Wow vex

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