We’re on Jeans & Trousers for the #CurvyYearofSewing and one of our suggested patterns is Simplicity 3688, a well loved and reviewed 1940’s wardrobe pattern that goes into the plus size range. Along with a retro wide leg pant, this pattern includes a jacket, a blouse and a skirt. On Pattern Review, this pattern has been reviewed 47 times! I’ve had this pattern since it came out, but never really had any plans to sew it up. I’ve been working on a fall/winter capsule wardrobe and decided this year that I wanted to add some pants to it and I’m certainly glad that I did, as I’ve been steadily wearing the jeans and trousers that I’ve been sewing.
Pattern Name: Simplicity 3688
Size Range: 10-28W
What size did you make? 26/28W
What are your…..
Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
The only adjustments I made was to grade between sizes my waist and hip measurements. I didn’t have to grade this pattern up, which was AWESOME.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
These trousers were really easy to sew and the instructions were straightforward. These went together super quickly and this pattern could easily be sewn by a beginner. These pants include a lapped zipper and top button closure with instructions that explain the process.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think that the design works well for your body shape?
I think they fit me well. I hope they work for my body shape, but whether I look amazing is personal preference. I hope to look statuesque like the model on the pattern, but alas, I know that isn’t me. I feel very comfortable wearing these trousers, and unlike slim-fitting jeans, I feel good about wearing a fitted top with these. I followed the measurement chart and it seems to be spot on with my own measurements.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
Yes, indeed. I’m actually going to make jeans with this pattern next. I’m going to curve the back waistband in future versions, but for the jeans, I’m planning to add front pockets and a side fly. I’m also going to add some length to the pattern as I plan to cuff them.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up?
My advice is to JUST SEW IT. I’ve sewn several pant patterns now, and this one was one of the simplest. A lot of sewists seem to be afraid of sewing pants. It’s really not as difficult as it looks, especially if you choose a pattern that isn’t fitted like this one. You’ll never know how it will fit if you don’t try, and if they don’t fit, work on altering them. Before I sewed my first pair of proper jeans (Closet Case Ginger Jeans), I made sure to read Pants for Real People by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto, which is a really helpful resource as is the first book, Fit for Real People.
Pattern Rating (1-5):
Size range: 4
Construction process: 5
Final fit: 5
Overall rating: 4.75
Overall, I love this pattern. The wool/poly blend gabardine that I used for this version was a great choice. I’m looking forward to seeing how they work in denim. The blouse included with this pattern also looks like a winner and I’m sure that I’ll sew that up sometime.