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February 4th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Decades of Style 1930s Salon Trousers Success!!!

in: Sewing
Decades of Style 3003: 1930 Salon Trousers

Pattern Company: Decades of Style

Pattern Number: 3003
pattern Name: 1930 Salon Pants

Pattern Description:
The trousers have a wide leg that is delicately shaped and flared at the hemline. True to the 30s silhouette, the fit at the hips does not have that much ease so choose your size based on your hip measurement. There are stitched down pleats in the front. These pleats can be released for a more relaxed fit at the hips.

The trousers have Front and Back Yokes with button closures at the side seams. A small belt and buckle at the back provide adjustable fit at the waist.

Note: These pants don’t really have a yoke. The facing is turned to the outside and topstitched down. It looks like a yoke, but it isn’t.

Pattern Sizing:
I bought size C which has pattern lines for hips 45, 47, and 49. My hips are 50 inches, and the smallest size in D is 52 inches which would be too big for me. After making the alteration for my short waistedness, the size 49 fits wonderfully. I usually have to take 3 inches out of the front crotch length. That turned out to be too much, and I only took out 2.5 inches, so those of you who usually don’t have to alter the front crotch may find these just a tad shortwaisted. I think I could use another 1/2 inch in the back, but I’m not sure I’m going to bother with it. That 3 inches is the differential in my tilted waist/flat tummy/protruding butt figure.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Well, if you made the model twice as wide as she is and no taller, then my pants would look exactly like the ones in the picture. There are links to pix of the fitting toiles at the bottom of the page. They are not in black fabric, so you can see the details of the pattern better.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, and the diagrams were very helpful. I didn’t have any problems when I followed the directions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKED: I really like the style. Wide legged trousers in drapey fabrics have always appealed to me.
LIKED: The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
LIKED: The stitched down pleats give you a trim fit thru the hips, but they release so you have plenty of room for movement where you need it. Or if you are plus-sized, that lovely spread that occurs when you sit down.
LIKED: When I found a problem in the pattern, the designers responded immediately.

DISLIKED: I’d like to add pockets, and I’m not sure where.
DISLIKED: The pattern pieces are mismarked. On the front pants pattern piece, the lines for the smallest and largest size are switched. That was easy enough to remedy, but I think the marking lines were switched as well. At any rate, the marking lines for the front yoke were off on the front pants piece. I’ve talked to the designers, and they are aware of this problem. This will be fixed on the next issue of the pattern.

Fabric Used:
Suggested fabrics are bottom weight fabrics that are light and drapey; rayon, linen, summer weight wools, silk and cotton.

I used rayon crepes for the 2 fitting toiles, and a soft, textured rayon for the last pair.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened the front crotch length and lengthened the legs by an inch. I need to lengthen them some more. I didn’t hem them. I serged finished the edges and left them like that. So if I want to hem them, I need to add more.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would sew it again. I have big plans for this pattern. I highly recommend it to others.

These pants are very comfortable. I think they will be great for work, and I can’t wait to make more pairs.

The Biggest Pattern Sheet Ever
Pleat Detail of First Pair
Pattern Pieces Mismarked
First Fitting
Second Try

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