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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Class Schedule

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

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


Appropriate for

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


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Have you played with the idea of learning to sew? Do you day dream about making your own clothes? 

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew. There is no need to clear off a space and find somewhere to work at home. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to. Everything is right here. Students simply need to bring along their fabric, matching thread and notions like buttons, zips, etc.  Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

On occasion, Thread Den is forced to cancel a class due to low booking numbers. We really don't like to do this as we love to teach people to sew, knit and crochet, but if we don't cover our costs we can't run the class. In instances where Thread Den must cancel a class, enrolled participants will be notified 24 hours or more prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

There are no refunds due to change of mind.

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Terms & Conditions

Cancellations of Bookings Policy

  • If you provide notice seven or more days prior to the start of your course, you will need to pay an administration fee of $10.
  • Cancellations or changes made with less than seven days notice before the start of a course, will forfeit 50% of the paid class fee.
  • Cancellations or changes made less than 48 hours prior to class commencement will forfeit the full course fee paid.

If you miss the second or subsequent sessions of course, you cannot be reimbursed for that session. You are encouraged to come in and use the Sewing Lounge during hours so you hopefully still finish your project.

Transfers of your course or workshop booking to a friend or family are fine.

Payment Policy:

Classes at Thread Den frequently become fully booked, so we require full payment to be made at the time of booking to secure your place. 

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21 May 2017 • Sew a Pair of 1940s High Waist Pants ✄

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.


15 May 2017 • Sew a Pair of 1940s High Waist Pants ✄

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.