Friday, July 23, 2010
Du Barry 5904 - Men's Undershirt and Shorts
Styles in men's underclothes change slowly. See Economy 4617 for largely similar men's under garments dating about 40 years earlier. DuBarry is Woolworth's house brand of patterns. They were produced by Simplicity.
There seems to be a strong expectation by the designers that you'll make this up in stripes; the yardage chart very carefully states the yardage for lengthwise striped material. Cutting the waistband crosswise means that you don't have to try to match the stripes in the shorts, but this option disappears in the layout for a large size, when to make the most efficient use of the goods the waistband is cut lengthwise.
The instructions state the seams should all be flat stitched (we would generally say flat felled now) but they don't give instructions on how to do this; you're expected to know how.
Illustrations on patterns for men's clothing frequently show the gentleman smoking a pipe (see the small line drawing); perhaps this manly activity is supposed to distract us from the fact that we're walking around Woolworth's carrying a picture of a somewhat scantily clad male not related to us.