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Vintage 1940s Jumpsuits, Pants & Culotte Patterns

1940s Pants & Jumpsuit Sewing Patterns 

Trousers were not widely worn by women but by the mid-1930’s it was acceptable for them to be worn for sportswear.  In fact, studios used to try to keep Kathryn Hepburn from wearing them between sets in Hollywood, because the photographers would snap her over the studio gates and it was still “shocking”.  In the first part of the decade, 1930s fashion sewing patterns show cased very loosely fitted trousers.  The “rise” (that is, crotch length), was very low.  For the most part, you don’t often trousers “dressed up”, and if you do, it’s usually on the wealthy. In the second half of the 1930s, trousers really start going crazy.  In 1939 it seemed everyone wanted them, and they were here to stay!  There were lounging ones, playing ones, work ones, beach ones, pajamas… and sometimes even dinner outfits.  The late 1930s is playful, and trousers fit in perfectly with that ideal.  Trousers were NOT meant to hug your butt.  They really wanted them to fit like a skirt- skimming your hips and rear loosely, then falling to a low crotch, and splitting into a bifurcated garment. Women entered the workforce during the war effort, and work-wear overalls and jeans created the Rosie the Riveter look. Why not browse our 1940s dungarees patterns!

Our 1930's vintage Trousers & Jumpsuits pattern collection is available in sizes ranging from XXS – XXL. We offer either the original pattern, a high-quality true to scale 1940s sewing pattern reproduction or an easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home.

References: Wearing History Blog