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Sailor Pants - Vintage Simplicity 6407

Added Apr 20, 2010

by feldmantcat

Nashua, New Hamp...






Sailor style button front pants, using Simplicity 6407, Vintage from 1974. These have working buttons on the front, with front, side, and rear seams, back darts, no waistband. The original style is more high waisted, but I prefer my pants to have a more modern low rise, so I shortened the rise. They now sit below my waist, but not too low (I can bend over without flashing people). They are rather wrinkled in the photos because I wore them today, but they are nice and crisp after a fresh ironing.

The pattern was from eBay and was in a size 16 (I am a vintage 8) so they needed quite a bid of grading down. I managed to do it all on on the pattern pieces by just pinning and folding. I have made two pairs of these so far and they are the comfiest pants ever. They seriously feel like I am wearing sweats when they are on – I could live in these.

Material Notes

Gray poly blend suiting with a subtle cross hatch pattern.




Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Military, Vintage


Simplicity 6407

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    Dec 21, 2010, 05.49 PMby Xenia phillip

    i love these pants they are SOOOo cute :) but i also love the shorts to these

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    Apr 22, 2010, 11.13 AMby nikkishell

    Oh i love these!

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    Apr 21, 2010, 08.29 PMby gray

    SUPER cute!!

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    Apr 21, 2010, 05.31 AMby keren

    Wow!!! They are so great!!! Love them. They fit really well and I love the sailor buttons at the front.

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    Apr 21, 2010, 04.10 AMby hstorm799

    I want a pair of these. I like the look of the sailor pants, but have never found a pair that I can wear (I don’t look good in high waists). You did a great job with the altering. I hadn’t thought of that! Nice.

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    Apr 21, 2010, 03.00 AMby Ashlee Nemo

    these are fabulous… i NEED a pair… love the fabric and button choice :)

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    Apr 21, 2010, 12.55 AMby olystyrene

    love them!!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 11.31 PMby rifka

    They look great. I like the effect with the gray suiting fabric – a twist on the basic work pant. Those vintage patterns are always an adventure! I cant tell you how many different dress sizes I’ve made for myself from patterns from the past. Even when referring to the measurements they can be really off. Sewers beware! The styles are so great though, you have to give it a try.

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    Apr 20, 2010, 09.31 PMby moransa

    Oh my these are adorable. I think I am going to have to find a copy of this pattern.

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    Apr 20, 2010, 08.43 PMby sarsaparilla

    They look great!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 06.10 PMby nettie

    These look amazing!! Truly professional!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 03.21 PMby sunintheclouds

    I just adore these, fantastic workmanship. I must find this pattern!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 02.05 PMby kelerabeus

    this is really awesome pattern, I like those front seams! I totally understand your willingness to spend rest of your life in them :) Pattern would be ideal for some shorts too.

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    Apr 20, 2010, 01.47 PMby feldmantcat

    Vintage sizes vary by decade. A 12 from the 1950s is a 32 bust, 24 waist, but those same measurements are a 10 from the 1960s, and by the 1970s the 24 waist was paired with a 30 bust and labeled an 8. I usually go by the bust measurement if it is a top and the waist if it is a skirt/pants, and just ignore the numerical size. I have things ranging from 5 Junior Petite to Misses 12 that I can work with. Pretty much everything I make needs some sort of adjustments for me because I have a very small bust and hip size (31/32) and my waist is comparatively thick (25.5"). And of course I have a freakishly large rib cage/barrel shape torso, which makes fitting even harder. On top of that, I am under 1.5m tall…

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    Apr 20, 2010, 01.16 PMby scheryka

    These are adorable. I could never understand how the sizes run in vintage. I make a 12 – 16 in the big 4. But I wear about 10-12 RTW. What would be my vintage. I have been buying 16 but now I think I will need to grade down a bit.

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