Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on November 4, 2014
Butterick 5859 Pattern Review
Fall is one of my favorite times of year as far as clothing goes, because I can wear all the colors that I’m “supposed” to – gold, red, rust, sage green, and rich chocolate browns. But the thing about colder weather is that I can’t always wear vintage dresses like I do in spring in summer lest my legs freeze! I have been making a concerted effort to still wear pretty things in cold weather and not resort entirely to “modern” styles, so I recently whipped up a pair of 1940s style slacks that fit the bill perfectly for chilly weather! It’s not very often I sew pants on the blog (the only other time was the Fourth of July 1940s outfit), but I promise to go back to sewing dresses soon.
Butterick 5859 has been on my “to-sew” list for quite a while, as I far prefer pants that have wide legs and higher waistlines. This pattern in particular extends all the way to the rib cage, not unlike some of Ginger Rogers’ late 1930s and early 1940s flowy dance trousers. In the 1940s the pants women wore were so much more flattering and forgiving than the styles of today, and they looked a lot more feminine, too! I just don’t understand why women wear skin tight leggings and “skinny jeans” that make their ankles look tiny, and everything else look really not very picturesque… You’d think women would have learned their lesson from the 1990s when those dreadful leggings were a fashion mainstay! But apparently for some reason which I can’t possibly imagine, the female population ditched the bootcut and wide leg pants from the early 2000’s for these decidedly unflattering styles of today… But I digress!
This pattern was very simple to sew with, and fairly easy to fit with the long darts in front and back. I moved the zipper from being a back closure to a side closure, since that’s the way women’s pants were generally constructed in the 1940s. I did find that the top of the pants were just a little too roomy to stay in place without shifting, so I took in about 1.5 inches at the very top of the waist. The pants are finished with a facing at the waist edge, and they could easily be lined, though I left them unlined.
I would definitely give Butterick 5859 a five star rating! If I had time I would make several pairs of pants from this pattern in several different colors. I used a medium weight polyester suiting fabric, but the design would work with a huge range of materials – velveteen, denim, twill, linen, or even something lightweight and fluid if you lined it.
I didn’t make anything from the rest of my outfit (sorry!), but a couple of the pieces are actual vintage items:
Hat: Purchased in a vintage store in London last year (40s/50s)
Mink Cape: Purchased in a local antique shop in the Great Northwest (40s/50s)
Shoes: Not vintage, but they look very 1940s! (I found them at a Naturalizer outlet store.)
Bolero & Camisole: from modern clothing stores
I’m on vacation right now and I should really go enjoy the view and the setting, but I just had to get this blog post up while I had time!