The “Hello Sailor” Pants
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 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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