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Restyled Vintage 40's High Waist Shorts

Added Jan 18, 2012

by Swirlz1

New York, United...






My daughter and I had attended a flea market she found some adorable vintage high waisted shorts that fit her perfectly, however, she couldn’t sit down in them…so I took on the challenge of making her a pair of shorts, my first ever. Using Decades of Styles patten, called Broadway Duet I made these shorts. I had to use velcro on the sides, as didnt know how to do button holes, as well as make changes to accommodate her taste.

Material Notes

Cranberry polka dot cotton.




Garment Type
Casual, Vintage
Cotton, Denim, Linen


Decades of Style

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  • Sam_0020_large

    Jan 18, 2012, 09.23 PMby wardrobe-cat

    Beautiful. I love the highwaist look. Suits more people, I think. I hate doing button holes, never use them if I can get away with it. Maybe a large hook and eye would be more durable than velcro (my velcro always collects ‘bit’ in it). I’ll have to divert myself and go look at that site link. ;) You’ve done a lovely job and they look fabulous!

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      Jan 19, 2012, 05.09 AMby Swirlz1

      Thanx! ;)))

    • Sam_0020_large

      Jan 19, 2012, 05.16 AMby wardrobe-cat

      I had a look at that site. Very nice things. I also realised I aready have some of those patterns. Mine are original, so you have to play guessing games with them, just to make life interesting.

    • Wedding_044_large

      Jan 19, 2012, 05.18 AMby Swirlz1

      I quite agree with your comment on the high waisted look suiting more people. I’ll definitely will try the hook and eye route next time, thanks again

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      Jan 19, 2012, 05.26 AMby Swirlz1

      Sorry Wardrobe-cat, I went to comment on our last post, and hit the “inappropriate” button in error, (still a newbie) on burda, please forgive me. What I like about Decades of style is that they truly try to stick to original patterns of yesteryear while accommodating today’s market, and as newbie in the sewing arena, I’m grateful.

    • Sam_0020_large

      Jan 19, 2012, 06.52 AMby wardrobe-cat

      That’s the second time it’s happened to me :( I didn’t even know that that’s what it ment!
      Having all the modern markings make life easier. I get a lot of my patterns from old books and estate sales so am used to it. Vintage Vogue patterns are good too, in that they have modern sizings. Don’t have to resize EVERYTHING!

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    Jan 18, 2012, 11.48 AMby blueartisan

    Ditto, I love polka dots too! I love that site and I love those shorts! Love love love!

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      Jan 19, 2012, 05.11 AMby Swirlz1

      Thank u so much

  • Ooobop_thatched_house_large

    Jan 18, 2012, 10.23 AMby janene

    They look fabulous…great shape! Polka dots are always a winner with me! Thank you also for the link to the vintage pattern site :-)

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      Jan 19, 2012, 05.10 AMby Swirlz1

      Thank you, I think polka dots is classic vintage!

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