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Dawn & Gill

    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: 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.

    Recommended Fabrics

    Wool, Linen, Cotton, Polyester, Tweed, Corduroy, Canvas, Denim. See our Fabric Partners

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    What You Will Receive

    You will receive a true to scale reproduction sewing pattern printed on A0 premium paper, along with instructions and a full colour front cover. Your pattern will arrive in a clear re-sealable envelope for easy storage.