October 2, 2012Retro Pattern Review – Simplicity 6432
Fall as arrived here, and with it, fall yardwork (yuck!). Unfortunately, this is cutting into our working-on-the-Westi time, so I don’t have anything new to report there to you this week. Instead, I am bringing you a retro pattern review – Simplicity 6432, which I am calling my Super Seventies Pants.
Most of my vintage pattern collection comes from thrift stores or garage sales, but this was a pattern that when I saw it online, I liked it so much, I spent a lot of time searching for it on eBay! This one dates to 1974, and it arrived factory folded and uncut.
I made these up in a stretch denim with a silver metallic pinstripe. This was my first time making up the pattern, which I had to grade up quite a bit (I don’t generally do up a muslin for most patterns, as I find it a little wasteful), and I found there to be a bit more ease in the pattern than I expected. However, this could also be partially due to my choice of stretch denim, which wouldn’t have been around in ’74.
I think what I liked most about this pattern, was the buckle tab detail at the back. This is definitely something that works better on a high waisted pant, and not a detail I would have thought of if I hadn’t seen it on this pattern. The pattern envelope shows the pants hemmed to an ankle length, but I made mine longer – I am 5’11”, and I don’t like any look that might be considered flood pants!
All in all, I am quite happy with the way these pants came out. I may take this pair in a little, for a bit more of a fitted look, but they are definitely quite wearable as is. I am also super pleased with the fact that even though they are high waisted, they don’t look like “mom jeans”!