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      Dawn & Gill
        Sewing Instructions are in English

        1940s Slacks or Shorts Pattern

        These WW2 men's slacks are able to be made as shorts or trousers. Perfect year round for smart or casual wear, dress them up with a shirt or go for a more relaxed look with a simple t-shirt. This pattern includes a choice of full length trousers or shorts: the trousers feature a neat, straight leg and the tailored shorts include contrasting piping down the sides. Both the shorts and slacks can be made in a variety of fabrics.

        Offered here as: Digital Download (how to print and assemble). This pattern is also available as a Paper Pattern.

        Size Guide

        Waist: 36” (91cm)
        Size: 36 (Vintage size)
        Length of inside leg seam of slacks, including turn-up: 34” (86.4cm)

        Sewing Notions

        View A, 6 Buttons and 2 Slide Buckles. View B, 5 Buttons.

        Fabric Amount Guide

        Yardage for
        VIEW A - Without Nap
        35”, 1 ¾ yds.
        39”, 1 ½ yds.
        54”, 1 1/8 yds.
        VIEW A - With Nap
        35”, 1 5/8 yds.
        VIEW A – For Piping
        35”, ¼ yd.

        VIEW B – Without Nap
        35”, 2 ¾ yds.
        39”, 2 ¾ yds.
        54”, 1 7/8 yds.
        VIEW B – With Nap
        35”, 2 ¾ yds.
        To Face Fly
        27”, ¼ yd.
        Drilling for Pockets
        27”, ¾ yd.
        Width Bottom of Each Leg, 18 5/8” (47.4cm)

        *To Face Bands, Etc. in Napped Fabrics, About ¼ yd. 35” fabric is Required.

        Imperial to Metric Conversion Guide

        Yards to Centimeter

        Imperial Metric
        ⅛ yard   11.4cm
        ¼ yard   22.9cm
        ⅓ yard  30.5cm
        ⅜ yard  34.3cm
        ½ yard  45.7cm
        ⅝ yard   57.2cm
        ⅔ yard   61cm
        ¾ yard   68.6cm
        1 yard   91.4cm
        1¼ yard   114.3cm
        1½ yard   137.2cm
        1¾ yard   160cm
        2 yards   182.9cm
        2¼ yards   205.7cm
        2½ yards   228.6cm
        2¾ yards   251.5cm
        3 yards   274.3cm
        3½ yards   320cm
         4 yards  365.8cm

         Inches to Millimeters/Centimeter

        Imperial Metric
        ⅛" 3mm
         ¼" 6mm
         ⅓" 8mm
         ⅜" 10mm 
         ½" 12mm
         ⅝" 16mm
         ⅔" 17mm
         ¾" 19mm
         1" 2.5cm 
         1¼" 3.2cm 
         1½" 3.8cm 
         1¾" 4.4cm 
         2" 5.1cm 
         2¼" 5.7cm 
         2½" 6.4cm 
         2¾" 7.0cm 
         3" 7.6cm 
         3¼" 8.25cm
         3½" 8.9cm
         4" 10.2cm 
         4½" 11.4cm
         5" 12.7cm
         5½" 14cm 
         6" 15.2cm 
         7" 17.8cm 
         8" 20.3cm 
         9" 22.9cm 
         10" 25.4cm 
         11" 28cm 
         12" 30.5cm 

        Roll Width (Inches to Centimeters)

        Imperial Centimeters
        35"  88.9cm 
        36" 91.44cm 
        38" 96.52cm 
        39" 99.06cm 
        42"   106.68cm
        48" 121.92cm 
        54"  137.16cm

        Seam Allowances

        Imperial Metric
        ¼" 6mm
        ⅜" 10mm
         ½" 12mm
         ⅝" 16mm
         ¾" 19mm

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        What You Will Receive

        After purchase, you will receive an email with a link to simply download at home, formatted for A0 (print-shop copy), 8.5"x11" and A4 printing. This digital download will print actual size full-scale pattern pieces