Sew a Pair of 1940s High Waist, Button Side Pants ✄

What to Bring

  • 5 feature buttons between 1.5cm to 2.5cm in size (for buttons larger than 2.5cm bring the same number of 1cm metal snaps as well)
  • .3 metres of interfacing for waistband/facing
  • Matching sewing machine thread
  • If your fabric is >110cm wide, has a one direction print or you want to match stripes/plaids/nap, you should allow for additional fabric.
  • 2.5 meters of fabric. Suggested fabrics: Crepe, medium weight cottons, wool and wool blends, cotton sateen, rayon.
  • 30cm of 5-6cm wide elastic

What to Wear

  • Casual

Appropriate For

  • ✄ for students who have completed Sewing Basics Weeks 1-3 and are confident enough to learn a few new techniques

Sew a Pair of 1940s High Waist, Button Side Pants ✄

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Six hours in duration.
  • Next scheduled on 2 Mondays 28th August & 4th September from 6pm.
  • *Book both this course & the Button Up Blouse before 24 July & you'll receive a FREE ticket to attend the 1940s Hair & Beauty Workshop on Saturday 26 August.

What You Will Learn

  • Measurements, pattern markings, pattern placement, transferring markings
  • Fusing interfacing, buttonholes, how to sew the crotch seam and finishing side seams
  • Checking your fit, sewing a waistband and hemming

What You Get

  • A pair of pants inspired by the side buttoning pants of the 1940s
  • Instructions to make the pants
  • A copy of the pattern


Pattern Design: Designed by Danielle, these beautiul pants feature a high waist which is emphasised with a shaped waist band. Lovely wide legs and feature line of buttons on the side.  Our pattern waist measurement covers from a 68cm to 108cm. If you wish to make pants outside this range, please email us and we will grade a pattern ready for your workshop. Chcek out more photos of our 1940s high waisted pants - click here.

Photographed Sample: Made in an aubergine coloured poly blend crepe fabric.

Notes on supplies: If you choose buttons larger than 2.5cm bring along the same number of large metal snaps to be used as well. These pants are not lined, take this into consideration when choosing your fabrics and avoid scratchy/itchy material.This pattern is not suitable for knit fabrics. For directional prints, stripes/checks/plaids and fabrics with nap you should purchase extra fabric.  Click here to read about choosing the right interfacing. For best results - pre-wash your fabric to reduce shrinkage.

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May 2017

A good grounding in how to make a pair of pants that fit. A fun course with loads of scope for personalising the pants with choice of buttons. I changed the opening from right side to left and added cuffs at the hem for a retro look.

May 2017

Really enjoyed the class as I learned quite a few pro tips from Jen, the teacher. Also used an overlocker for the first time! It was a lot of fun and highly recommended. Jen was great and happy to share all her knowledge.