What I did alter was the trouser length. I took a total of three inches off leaving enough length to wear these trousers with heels. Having a small back meant the suggest length of elastic was going to be too loose so I reduced that by two inches to make the trousers snug.
I tried to stay as authentic as I could. everything I used to make these trousers was already in my stash.. The zip is concealable which isn't 1940's. It's dark red in colour too, but doesn't really notice. I'm thinking of painting the zipper pull with green nail varnish to make it blend in?
I had planned to hand stitched the trouser hem, so I pinked it and the stitched two small lines of straight stitches close to the pinking for extra strength but again time was running out so I cheated by doing a machine blind hem.
underside of the hem
right side of machine blind hem
I'm hopping to wear this outfit to the next vintage vision event held near to were I live. Day to day I'm not sure I would wear this whole outfit but I think worn with a pair of wedges or black shoes and teemed with either a cropped top bearing my midriff ever so slightly or worn with a t-shirt I think it would look retro/modern.