RH1401 — Early 1940s Mens’ Dress Trousers

(1 customer review)


1940s Men’s Trousers sewing pattern



Sophisticated Gentlemen!  Make your own trousers!

Clark Gable looks amazing in a suit and you don’t.  It’s all in the cut of your trousers, my son.  Fix that now.  Buy this Reconstructing History pattern and get started.

Based on an original pattern from the early 1940s, these trousers are made in the American style with a flat front (no pleats), back darts, a belt with loops that sits at natural waist not on your hips like modern dress pants. Leg bottoms are cuffed and measure an impressive 21″ in size 40.

All sizes (waists 28″ to 50″) come in the same envelope.  Also included are assembly instructions, embellishment suggestions, and the extensive historical notes you’ve come to expect from Reconstructing History.

Let us help you! At Reconstructing History, we want to see you wearing the best garments you are capable of making. Email us at and we will answer any questions you might have.

Fabric Suggestions:  suit weights, primarily wool or wool blends.

Notions:  zipper for fly
Yardage:  3 yards at least 36″ wide


Additional information

Weight 0.25 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable

1 review for RH1401 — Early 1940s Mens’ Dress Trousers

  1. brianjoinsthecentury

    Very enjoyable project, and the instructions were excellent – with some of the best directions for making pockets that I’ve seen. Full disclosure – I do have some experience (though far from an expert), and I did modify the pattern to use a button fly instead of a zipper. However, the fit was not affected, and the result was a very nice pair of pants. This is officially the first piece of historic clothing I’ve made that I could wear to a job interview. One note of caution – the belt loops are very small. A 1″ wide belt is required. I couldn’t find one (modern belts tend to run wide) so I had to run to the leather store to pick up the components to make one. That was no big deal (and I got a nice new belt in the bargain), but it is something to be aware of. Good fit, accurate styling, and fairly easy to make if you have some experience. Excellent pattern.

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