Readers, I have had this vintage Seventies Springmaid "Wondercale" double flat sheet, a Salvation Army find, in my fabric stash for nearly three years.
You may remember that I used a bit of it two summers ago to make shirt cuffs for this shirt:
That shirt turned out nicely, but if truth be told, I never was over the moon about those cotton-poly cuffs. Anyway, I've been wanting to muslin my self-drafted pants pattern from a few years back, to see if I should use it for the cotton-mohair pants I'll be making as part of my suit.
When I first started sewing I used old thrift store sheets on a regular basis, but the novelty has worn off a bit. I still have some fun ones in my stash, however, so I've been using them for muslins: hence these pants.
It took me most of today and the results are certainly eye-catching. Of course, sheet pants are a little flimsy; you really do want something a little heftier for pants, like cotton twill, but they are wearable, though I'm not quite sure where.
This is what I call my Tony Curtis fit. Apparently Tony liked his pants tight, tight, tight.
If I use this pattern for my suit pants, I'll add another 1/2" to the side seam allowances I think, just to be safe. Of course, nothing has less give than a vintage cotton-poly sheet -- no stretch at all.
I used the slant pocket pieces from an old McCall's pants pattern, along with the back double welt pocket pieces. The back pocket came out just OK and took longer than it should have. The McCall's instructions were practically indecipherable so I really have to make a few more of these before cutting into my cotton-mohair.
For the pocket lining I used another vintage sheet from my stash. This is all invisible from the outside, obviously, but it's fun to do.
And that -- as they say -- is that.
Friends, I hope you're having a very relaxing and productive weekend. Any vintage sheet fans out there? What have you made with them?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!