September 01, 2020 10 Comments
Our 229 Sailor Pants originate from those worn by WWII Navy seamen. The back-story behind this pattern is that a veteran of WWII came to Isabelle Lott (long-time pattern grader for Folkwear) because he wanted to wear his Sailor Pants to his squadron reunion. However, he no longer fit in the pants. Isabelle drafted a pattern from his original pants and graded them to fit. Then, Folkwear was able to use her pattern to make these 229 Sailor Pants!
Cover illustration by Candii Kismet
This style and design have been worn as part of the Navy uniform, or "Crackerjack" uniform, for many decades; and the nautical style influenced fashion for more than half a century. These iconic high-waisted, bell bottom pants are loaded with all the elements and details of the original, such as the distinctive buttoned front flap closure, lace-up back eyelet gusset, back welt pocket, and inner leg godet. A small hidden coin pocket is tucked neatly in the front waistband seam. All the details of this pants design reflect the practical sensibilities of a uniform combined with a casual sophistication that remains timeless.
Our pattern is intended to be worn by men or women. Sizing is based on waist measurements, and we provide finished waist, hip, and upper thigh measurements. Don't forget that the back gusset provides an extra couple of inches at the waist if needed. And, the pattern can be graded between sizes. For example, if you are a size 34 at the waist, but 38 at the hip, you can pencil a line from the waist to smoothly go to 38 at the hip. You can keep the waistband pieces the same as for the waist size. See the sizing and yardage chart here.
Some of the distinct features: