Who's ready for a Beach Party?
With Summer steadily approaching down here in the Southern Hemisphere, I've had one thing on my mind - how to keep cool in the heat without resorting to skirts.
The answer = Clamdiggers and Capris!
Not just any old, daggy, shorts; I wanted something like these smoking clamdiggers from StutterinMama (one of my favourite sellers on Etsy):
Or how about these from One Trick Chassis:
The pattern I settled on was Advance 5508, View 2 (1950) - clamdiggers and shorts (with a naff blouse).
This pattern was crazy-easy! I made a test version in an hour, and whipped the final pair up in the same afternoon.
The best thing about these pants - no zip! The closure is the same as sailor pants, simply held at the top with buttons. (I can vouch for them staying up, we went dancing straight after these photos were taken).
Dark denim and cotton gingham (pocket lining), Spotlight.
Nothing major! I graded the pattern up slightly to fit my hips but I don't think I should have bothered - there's a lot of ease in this pattern.
I did add an inch to the length as I felt they were a bit short, and think I'd another when I make these again. Stitched the front pleat down for an inch as it's bit more flattering for those without a washboard stomach.
To look a bit more professional, I top-stitched all the seams in ochre coloured thread like store-bought denim. The side seams were placed against the selvedge of the fabric so they'd look fancy if the cuffs are folded up.
I wish the photos did these clamdiggers justice - when I wore them dancing, two women came up and asked if they were Freddies, what a compliment!
They also go perfectly with Miss L Fire's Tijuana wedges (Oh, I wish I could have afforded a red pair too).
Would I make these again? Most definitely. Black and hunter green sailcloth/cotton duck are needed. I think I'll narrow the legs a little bit in the next pair.
Would I recommend the pattern? Yes! Make a test pair first, but these fit really well straight off the bat.
1950s Clamdiggers - Advance 5508
Tie-neck Top - Heartbreaker, PUG
Tooled Wedges - Miss L Fire Tijuana
Cane Bag - 1950s Fair Day, 2013
1940's Bone Necklace and Earrings - Etsy
Bamboo and Plastic Bracelets - Etsy
Scarf - Melbourne
On a side, isn't is great when you can date vintage clothing/accessories?
When I bought the cane bag in the above photos, it had an entry ticket inside to Kur-in-Gai Chase (National Park) - for 16 March, 1966.
I love imagining an fabulous 60's housewife with this handbag having a picnic in the National Park!