February 01, 2018
In the 1930's, Hollywood was considered the epitome of glamour in America, and pants emerged as acceptable public attire for women largely due to the influence of the movies and high-profile movie stars. Stars like Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn wore trousers on screen and in real life, creating demand for this historically men's wear fashion for women. Shorts also emerged as daily wear as dancers wore them in costume and in practice - demonstrating the practically and sexiness of shorts!
In our pattern, the Knickers (c. 1931) have a button-front fly and side pockets, and are pleated below the knee into shaped cuffs with button closures.
The Trousers (c. 1940) have a high, wide waistband, back darts, and front pleats; and they fall gracefully from the fullest part of the hip creating a wide-leg look (so popular right now, too!). They have a side zip closure and on-seam pockets.
The Shorts (c. 1940) have a back zip closure and inverted box pleats on front and back for a flattering fullness at the leg.
This pants pattern will get you from winter to summer! With a pattern for trousers, knickers (or knickbockers) and shorts you can have the right pants for every season. Our 250 Hollywood Pants pattern is on SALE all month, so get yours today and get sewing!