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I made these shorts from the Wearing History 1940s overalls pattern. I just used the length recommended for a playsuit, went down a size from the overalls I had previously made, and then shortened the pockets 1". I topstitched everything with a single needle on my Bernina.
See more photos and construction details: http://rosiewednesday.blogspot.com/2014/09/wearing-history-1940s-shorts.html