Vintage overview: Italian Sailor trousers

Plus free flat sketches!

As I wrote on my post about redoing a vintage kimono, I love shopping for vintage clothes, supposedly for research purposes and actually for wearing them myself.

This weekend I decided it was about time I adjusted two pairs of sailor trousers - one Italian, and one French - bought in August 2016, at Cenci Vintage London (hint: don't be fooled by the number of followers on their Instagram, major Fashion houses send their teams there twice a year for research!).

And since I had to take them apart anyway, there was no excuse for not drafting the patterns, as well. These trousers have no side seam, only an inseam; it's an interesting construction that is not very common anymore and I want to share them here on the blog.

I don't know yet the best way to do so, as most people and myself don't have access to a digital pattern drafting software. Also, I'm starting a YouTube channel in the following weeks and this could be the perfect opportunity to make a series of small videos showing how to sew the trickiest parts, and a written tutorial to teach how to draft the patterns from scratch.

While I (over-) think about all these details, there's plenty of resources that you can consider as an introduction to women's tailored trousers with:

  • fitting pictures comparing different styles - straight leg, slim fit and wide leg, plus a bonus long semi-flared skirt;

  • overview of the patterns;

  • construction details and closeup pictures;

  • flat sketches (Front and Back view) done on Adobe Illustrator.

1. Italian sailor trousers 

Italian sailor trousersClassic tailored trousersItalian sailor trousers on top, compared to slim tailored trousers (vintage Yves Saint Laurent, 2000?)

The fit: Straight leg, sits on my natural waist line.

These trousers had some excess near the crotch, both on the Front and on the Back, that was bothering me. It wasn't my intention from the beginning to make them so fitted on my the top but I'm happy with it.

The inseam shows a little on the Front, which is not a problem per se - jeans are usually like this. It bothers me a little bit so I moved it 1 cm towards the Back.

There's a nice old school detail on the Back in case the trousers need adjusting. I don't need any more adjustment but I will change the drawstring once I find something I like.

Italian sailor trousers - open to show pattern The pattern: No side seam; the excess from the waist until the hips is taken using the Front opening (plus two Back darts).

Italian sailor trousers - fastening

Construction details

Italian sailor trousers - fastening and pockets

Italian sailor trousers- back detail
Italian sailor trousers - facingItalian sailor trousers - inside

2. French sailor trousers - Coming on my next post

I used to make extremely long posts: exhausting for me to write, and for you to read, so I'm reposting this article in 2 parts.

But you can already get the free flat sketches! Click on the picture to download the Adobe Illustrator file from my Google Drive:

Flat sketches: trousers

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