Hot! The “Winter Sailor” Pants

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The Facts
Fabric – Wool Twill Blend – 2m @ $5 per metre (I had a 20% voucher)
Pattern: Simplicity 3688
Year: 2007
Notions: 6 x white buttons – $7.47, 1 x blue button – $2.49 (for 3), zipper – $1.59
Time to complete: 3.5 hours (including cutting out the pattern)
First worn: Saturday, 28th Jan for a trip to the shops and to visit some family.
Wear again? Definitely! I think it will be a struggle to get me out of them.
Total price: $21.55

There has been a bit of confusion around this weeks theme and I interpreted it as being the season opposite to the one I am currently experiencing.  Being in Australia and in the middle of summer I chose to make a winter garment.  Winter is my absolute favourite time of year which is probably a bit strange given I live on the Gold Coast, Queensland.  The Sunshine State! Where it’s beautiful one day, perfect the next.  Unless you count this past two weeks where it has been bucketing down with rain consistently causing localised flooding.  So needless to say making a pair of pants this week was probably a bit more convenient to the current weather conditions than making a summer garment.

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Which brings me to my second point.  I love sailor pants!!! I have been wanting a pair of sailor pants for so long and having been searching for a pattern.  The other week in Spotlight I saw Simplicity patterns were on special and stumble across Simplicity 3688.  I did a quick google search and stumble across a few pairs that had been made around the blogging world but as soon as I saw this pair by Mena I knew I had found the right pattern.  The pattern sat in my stash waiting for winter to be made but when I saw this week’s theme I decided to bump them up the sewing order a bit.

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These pants were so super easy to make it is just ridiculous.  I think I might need to make a couple of more pairs.  Maybe something in a light summery linen for the warmer months.  My favourite part of these pants has got to be the buttons.  I preferred the look of having my buttons on a bit of an angle rather than straight down.  I am so ridiculously in love with these pants I think I might live in them if this weather keeps up.



Kat Lane is a twenty something Gold Coast girl who just married the love of her life! She likes to sew, bake, knit and crochet. She loves anything vintage or retro inspired. Kat Lane loves to have a project on the go and can't stand sitting still unless it is to curl up with a good book.


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  1. Cute pants. I like how you positioned the buttons.

    • Thank you! After I put them on I was second guessing whether I just should have put them on straight. But I love them how they are.

  2. Sailor Pants – what’s not to love. Go Aussie. I need some.

  3. Obsessed. These are so adorable! Love!!!

  4. im dying to get this pattern.. its adorable

  5. Love them! Love the huge buttons!

  6. These are great! Who doesn’t love a nice pair of sailor pants!?

  7. Hi Kat,
    The pants look great. Love the button and fabric., plus the cut is very flattering.

  8. Those are gorgeous, very clever positioning of the buttons. I’ve been dying to make some comfy slobaboutthehouse trousers and have that pattern but didn’t think of making those in anything but posh fabric – thank you for the inspiration!

  9. I love those pants! I’ve seen that pattern around but now need to officially pick it up. Great job! The fit is fantastic!

  10. These are so cute!! The accent buttons totally make them, great job!

  11. Yay now you have the perfect sailor pants and you look hot hot hot in them. Just think you can change the colour of the buttons to mix things up when you are over the white ones. Tremendous fit you are c l e v e r .

  12. gorgeous! The fit looks great and the buttons are ideal.

  13. Very, very cute! Are the buttons functional, or just decorative?

  14. Love this! I have this pattern but have yet to try it out, they look great & very comfy!