Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

My 1940s "Seabee" Trousers

Added Apr 1, 2011

by SewinInTheRain

New York, New Yo...






My first pair of trousers (and my first project on BurdaStyle!) is based on the 1940s Empire Waist Trouser pattern from Decades of Style. They are wool-blend wide leg trousers and I altered the waist so it sits at my natural waist. With my short torso, I just wasn’t sure how the empire style would look on me. I lined these with Bemberg Rayon and they feel so smooth! The trousers have 2" cuffs. I decided to remove the waist darts at the front and back, and brought in the side seams instead. There is no waistband on these and they close with an invisible zipper at center back.

So incredibly comfortable, and I really love how the wide leg at the hem sways back and forth as I walk! Makes me feel classy, like I’m off for a cocktail with Cary Grant :) I call them my “Seabee” Trousers because they were inspired by my grandfather’s World War II uniform that I inherited. I couldn’t resist pairing his pullover top and sailor’s cap with my trousers in one photo!

Material Notes

The fabric is a navy wool blend. Lining is Bemberg rayon.




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Blends, Rayon, Wool


1940s Wide Leg Trousers

8 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Img_0258_large

    Jun 7, 2012, 05.16 AMby buddingnaturalist

    Aaah! I love these pants, and you have the perfect figure for them.

  • Missing

    Apr 4, 2011, 10.24 PMby katiespitfire

    I just started these, in a medium weight denim. Yours look great, I’m going to do them at my natural waistline too…I keep thinking of Jessica Simpson ‘Mom’ jeans when I see the really high waist!

    1 Reply
    • Avatar_large

      Apr 4, 2011, 10.47 PMby SewinInTheRain

      Oh, I’d love to see these in denim! That would be really cute. I just did a search for those mom jeans – funny :)

  • Avatar_large

    Apr 3, 2011, 02.35 AMby SewinInTheRain

    Thank you so much for your comments!

  • Img_7964_large

    Apr 2, 2011, 06.44 PMby simplyb

    Those are sharp looking pants, and the high waist looks fab on you! I always worry about that too though….

  • Blog_pics_006_large

    Apr 2, 2011, 12.49 PMby kiwibubbles

    These are such fun pants, thay look great. well done!

  • J_s_painting_large

    Apr 2, 2011, 01.31 AMby lizajane09

    Cute! They look fabulous on you.

  • Dscn0826_large

    Apr 1, 2011, 08.20 PMby ruthw

    They are just perfect (and I love them with that top)!

  • Img_0346_large

    Apr 1, 2011, 07.46 PMby sewneenee

    Your trousers look very classy! you did a great job!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 7 people added it