Hot! The “Hello Sailor” Pants

The Facts

Fabric: Polyester Lycra Pinstripe from the 90’s
Pattern: Butterick 6662 (Sailor Panel) and McCalls 8390 (Pants)
Year: 1970’s and 1966 respectively
Notions: Small amounts of interfacing and lining fabric, 6 buttons and bias binding
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: For the photos
Wear again? Yes

We come from a rather seafaring family so my parents thought it was a huge joke to dress my brother and up like a couple of little sailors. I don’t have many photos of me as a kid, mum in NZ has millions. I remember in one photo I had a navy pleated skirt and a navy and white midi. My brother got to wear matching his sailor suit with a large handmade round union jack brooch (made from that Fimo – modelling clay which is so 70’s). Poor guy. But I love sailor pants and have wanted to make some for ages.

Here is one photo my auntie recently gave me. It’s my brother, cousins and I on a bush walk. I am the leggy one wearing a gypsy blouse mum made! It was in broderie anglaise fabric (eyelet?) How funny – love these tops and have make them all the time!

I have kind of cornered the market on sailor pant patterns and I have about 4 different ones. A little excessive I know. As I am the worlds laziest sewer – well I thought I would give Butterick 6662 ago – because there looked like a piece of cake.

I used my Tried and Tested 60’s trouser pattern, McCalls 8390, that I have made repeatedly – but strangely not since I had babies. Adjustments made to the pattern include widening the legs and adjusting for my sway back.

I also made the “Sailor Panel” by interfacing it, then bagging it out with lining and hand finished it. I topstitched around it then attached one side to the front of the trousers. There is a tiny little zip and darts hidden under the panel.

I just finished the top to the pants with bias binding because I usually never tuck things into pants.

I took time and unpicked the buttons once. I think you need to get the placement exactly right when you do these. Listen to me – all perfectionist.

I think I need to pull my finger out and make a proper pair with the buttons over on the side hip – with all the facings and fiddling around. These are ok. I will wear them. I like the black with green pinstripe, and the red buttons.

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Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. Who doesn’t love a good sailor pant?? And they go so well with your anchor cardi. Well done!

  2. Cool pants and red buttons! It’s ok, I seem to buy the same dress over and over again: I don’t really know how many Marilyn-esque halter dress patterns I have. Ha!

  3. Hello Sailor Trish! The pants look great and paired with the anchored top, sweet.

  4. I’m very inspired by yet another Sew Weekly Sewer who can make well-fitting pants. I too, love the look of sailor pants. You did an excellent job!

  5. Thanks Barbara, it a long time to get the fit right. Pleased that I can still fit them even after two kids!

  6. Trish they look brilliant great looking fit. Queen of pants too? :P

  7. The Queen of Skirts she made some pants all on a autumn’s day;
    The Knave of Hearts he stole the pants and took them clean away.
    The King of Hearts called for the pants and beat the Knave full sore
    The Knave of Hearts brought back the pants and
    vowed he’d steal no more.