Porting over an old popular post from my other place on the web. So if you see this on another site, it's still me.
Originally post back in 2007
This was before I was making my patterns in CAD. This was not my first time taking a pattern off an old garment, I had done a Victorian bustle dress in a Friends collection earlier. This was however the first time I shared a pattern online. I have fond memories of taking the pattern off while my eldest child was in the highchair.
Or my Tribute to the late great Janet Arnold.
Women's Land Arm Corduroy Breeches
My mother bought these for me at a used Clothing store in Washington State, USA. I like odd clothing.
Women's Land Army was a British war time task force mobilizing women to
take over jobs that men used to do, mainly farm work, from what I can
There is a LOT of pictures and text in this post, which is why most of it is hidden, so click for more.
Lots more photos in detail!
The breeches were made by Redman Bros of Hebden Bridge
Picture of the Tag
Women's Land Army
Height 5ft 4in to 5ft 6in
Waist 24in to 26 in
Hips 36 in to 38 in
There is a small black triangle at the bottom of the tag.
Photos of the breeches when worn
Photo of the breeches laid flat
Lacing from outside
Buttons from the top
cotton corduroy, pockets and facings are of slightly more green than
tan cotton twill, the waist band facings are of army green cotton
There are 9 wales of cord per inch
Three 5/8 inch green four holed buttons on each side close the breeches.
The buttonholes are stitched in tan thread, there appears to be a green thread underneath the stitching (corded buttonholes?)
Two pockets in the front.
Four belt loops, two in front, and two in back.
Lacing at Calf through 5 pairs of one-piece eyelets.
Eyelet opening is 3/16" Exterior rim is 5/16"
Eyelets start 1" up from the hem and are spaced 7/8" between centers
cord is tan cotton and between 40 and 46" long (I didn't unlace them)
the ends are encased in plastic, just as with modern shoelaces.
Seam allowances are approximately 3/8 of an inch.
The corduroy has not had any seam treatment, and is lightly frayed, the twill and sateen have been turned under.
There is 1/2 inch wide green/tan twill tape on some of the seams in crotch seam (partially) and the back calf seam (completely).
The twill tape is also used as binding over the lacing protector flap and at the cuff of the breeches.
The ends of the twill tape are turned under before being stitched on. When used as binding, it is stitched in place in one step.
Pattern is drawn on Graph paper, one square equals 1"
All Teal colored lines are showing where additional pieces or stitching goes.
The Twill Pocket and facings
First enlarge the pattern to full scale. One square equals one inch.
Enlarge the full scale pattern if you need a larger size. (For this you might need to know something about grading patterns.)
seam allowance to every piece except the lacing protector flap, the
sides of the belt loops, the bottom of the pocket facing on the
waistband, and the cuff.
Cut out your pieces from your fabric
Yardage required as estimated from the patterns
2 1/4 yards of at least 36" wide Corduroy. (Might be possible to get everything out of 1 yard of 60" wide.)
1/2 yard of twill
1/4 yard of sateen
2 1/2 yards of ½” wide twill tape
Stitching order deduced from the breeches.
Sew the back cuff to the back leg. Press seams open and cover with twill tape.
Right Sides Together sew Pocket to the front of the breeches. Turn Right Sides Out and Top Stitch
Waistband with Pocket Facing over the pocket and top stitch in place ½”
from the cut edges of the pocket facing. Stop stitching 1” from the
Stitch Front Waistband to Front Breeches.
Reinforce pocket by top stitching a small rectangle as shown near the belt loop.
Pocket along fold line, press. Turn Seam Allowances inward and press.
Stitch along outside edge, about 1/8” in from edge. Leave 1” open at
upper inner edge towards Center Front.
Fold in Seam Allowance of pocket and breeches along side and top stitch shut.
Fold all seam allowances under on the back flap facings.
Turn under the side seam allowance on the back breeches.
Top stitch Facing in place.
Sew Side Seam of Breeches.
Stitch the overlap of the back facing in place.
Reinforce pocket opening by stitching as shown on pattern.
Fold all edges of Lacing Facings and press
Turn under Side Seam Allowances on breeches
Top stitch Facings in place.
Bind the top and side edge of the Lacing Protector with twill tape.
Stitch Lacing Protector in place along teal lines.
legs together along inseam first and press open, then sew the legs
together along the center front/center back seam, again pressing open
Cut two pieces of twill tape, each 8” long. Turn under ends and center over the Center seam, then the inseam.
Fold up one end of the belt loops. Fold belt loops in thirds and stitch down center.
Sew waistband facings to get at center, press open. Fold under side seams
Sew tag to waist band.
Sides Together sew the waist band to breeches, catch the belt loops in
between at the correct placement. Turn Right Sides Out, turn under raw
edges and Top Stitch.
Fold belt loops down to correct paces and stitch in place.
Bind Hem in Twill Tape
Sew on Buttons
Feel free to send this link out to anyone who may be interested, but please do not copy there pictures or the pattern!
Comments or Questions can be directed to me email@example.com
I would LOVE to see anyone who has made this pattern up share pictures.
Here is Rebecca Shelly's recreation
There is a ton more research online about these breeches now than when I first posted the research.
Here is a lovely post by Crows Eye Prodcutions on recreating a pair of WLA breeches, it is nice to compare they two pairs together,