Wide-leg wool pants (vintage Simplicity 6108)

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Wide leg wool pants
Wide leg wool pants – Simplicity 6108

So I finished sewing a pair of pants yesterday and took some pictures today. Sorry for the quality of the pictures, the sun is not very friendly today. It has been raining since morning.

The pattern is vintage seventies Simplicity 6108 that I got for USD 1 from this etsy seller. From the pattern envelope: Misses’proportioned straight leg and wide leg pants. The creased straight leg V. 1 with front zipper has waistband and turn back cuffs. The wide leg pants V. 2 have front zipper.

Simplicity 6108

I made view 2 with some changes. The pattern was very simple with a lapped zipper and no pockets. I changed the zipper to fly front zipper and added a pair of side seam pockets.

My fabric was only 1 metre, not enough leftover for waist facings, so I used petersham ribbon as facings. I also lower the waist about 2.5 cm to be able to fit the pattern on the fabric. Because of these changes, I didn’t use the instruction sheet from the pattern envelope.Simplicity 6108

The pattern already has shortening/lengthening lines for proportioned height; short, medium, and tall. Naturally I used the ‘short’ lines. Instead of making muslin, I tissue-fitted the pattern. I learned this technique from the book Pants for Real People: Fit and Sew for Any Body, a birthday present from my husband ♥

Making Trousers & Pants for Real People

In tissue-fitting, basically I reinforced the crotch area of the pattern using Scotch tape, pin the pattern together and try it on to adjust the fit. I needed swayback adjustment on the back pattern. The front pattern was a little too full, so I pinched it vertically about 1 cm in width.

I think this is an amazing way to fitting a pattern! I’m always too lazy to make a muslin. Besides, I don’t know what I’m going to do with all those muslin fabric. So I was very happy to learn tissue-fitting. Of course making a muslin is necessary for certain type of clothing, like this fitted bombshell dress that I haven’t continued working on since July….

Anyway, after marking the pattern with my alteration, I added the fly and pocket pattern pieces. I used the book Making Trousers for Men & Women as a reference to make the pattern pieces. I also got the idea of using petersham ribbon as waist facing from this book. This is another amazing book that covers various sewing techniques for pants. It also has a DVD with several video instructions and pocket templates.

Wide leg wool pants

Wide leg wool pants Wide leg wool pants

Wide leg wool pants Wide leg wool pants

Actually I planned to use leftover from my husband’s birthday pants but I cut them wrong and ended up with two left (or right?) legs. So it looks like Sidra is going to have  a new pair of pants soon. I turned to my stash and found this grey checked wool, I bought it sometime ago with the grey fabric for my jacket. When I said sometime ago it means more than a year ago! Talking about fabric hoarding.

The pants have very wide legs, something that I’ve never worn before. But after trying them on, I really like them! My husband said that they are very cute too. I think they look best paired with platform shoes. I’m glad to have another new style in my wardrobe!

Pattern is Simplicity 6108 (vintage seventies pattern) view 2, size 10 (waist 25″, hip 34.5″).

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  • Emilia

    Absolutely beautiful. Everything looks great on you.

  • Christine

    Pants are very attractive on you. Paring with a fitted top looks great.

  • we used to call them elephant leg pants. about fall 1967. pretty good copy.

    • verypurpleperson

      I like the name elephant leg pants! 😀

  • You look HIP! Very interesting. I need to try and make a pair myself one day!

  • So stylish… So beautiful…!

    Happy belated birthday Novita! I feel really happy for your happiness!

  • Wow! I love everything about them, and they look so so so good on you! The inner construction is lovely, you’ll be wearing these a long time for sure.

  • Hi Novita. I am always amazed by the creations you make with your hands. I really dig the pants. Happy belated birthday. 🙂

  • Hi Novita. I really dig those pants. I’m really amazed of what you have created with your hands. Happy belated birthday.


  • The wide leg style looks great on you!

    Plus a belated Happy Birthday \^.^/

  • I love wide leg pants, always wear them in winter. Bet yours are really cozy 🙂
    You look great!

  • Lucha Lovely

    i love wide leg pants! Yours came out beautifully, like always!!

  • Love the wide leg. And the beret!

  • I really love your pants… and your beret 🙂

  • Those are seriously gorgeous trousers. I love how you’ve matched up the checks with such a small amount of fabric to work with.

    I’ve also managed to cut two legs the same in the past. Fortunately I was able to buy more fabric because it was for PJ bottoms and I’d already made the top.


    • verypurpleperson

      I was small enough to fit that small amount of fabric 😛

      It was really annoying to make that mistake. I feel like, what was I thinking? And I couldn’t buy more fabrics because it was bought such a long time ago. Glad you can finish your PJ, Julie! 🙂

  • Waouhhhh i love !!!!! Magnifique 😉

  • Lovely pants!