I have certain things that I always intend to make (but never get around to) and for years I hunted for a pattern for vintage ‘gym’ style shorts until I found the one above. The size is actually a little big (I usually buy a pattern vintage 18, which is around a modern 14 but with a smaller waist) but I was willing to adapt it, I just couldn’t decide on the fabric.And then – hurrah! – I didn’t have to because House of Foxy introduced almost the exact replica shorts based on the pattern above.
(sorry, bad photo alert here – H of F watermark and copywrite all of their images so I couldn’t just post their shorts photo and I was too lazy to take my stand apart to put the shorts on properly!).
I bought them a couple of years ago in navy and beige, along with the green tie-neck shirt and I LOVE them. They are quite solid but with enough stretch to be comfortable and (importantly for me) they fit on the rise, which is good, as I have a very long body measurement and often trousers etc can be uncomfortable. I’m not normally a fan of man-made fabrics but in this instance, it absolutely wins, they wash well and the pleat creases stay in. The shirt blouse fabric I like a lot less, I find it feels a bit scratchy, sadly.They aren’t cheap but personally, I spend very little money on clothes and the ones I do buy last me for many years. I prefer quality over quantity. I wanted to mention this as they have just re-stocked and introduced some new colours and I bought a new pair in red with some Birthday I was given.
The above 40’s zip jacket is my other bit of House of Foxy clothing, again something I’ve owned for a while but that I really value and I know I’ll have for many years.