Sewing the 70s without the prints

There are some beautiful 70s inspired prints available at the moment - check out this round-up of fabrics by Kate @in_a_haystack. They are perfect for the #SewSeventies challenge hosted by @heysewgeorgie and @blossomsandwich. I'm so chuffed to be offering a prize.

As much as I appreciate the vibrant, colourful and sometimes garish prints of the 70s, they're not something that I would wear, which got me thinking about the plain fabrics that I could use for this challenge instead.

I made a 70s inspiration board on Pinterest, which includes lots of vintage sewing patterns and colour palettes, including this Pantone colour palette and the interesting perspective that we turned to wearing "solid, earthy colours to ground us during shaky economic times." Pantone 1970s Colour Palette

I then picked out some fabrics from the store room that fit this palette and looked through the vintage sewing patterns to see what would work best. Below is my shortlist of 5 patterns from the 1970s that could be recreated today.


1. A tiered dress

Style 2488 Vintage Sewing Dress Pattern 1970s
Style 2488 Tiered Dress (1978)

 You've guessed it...

The Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company
The Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company

For a swishy, tiered dress, try The Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company. It comes in sizes XS to 4X, which is approximately a UK 6-28. 

It would look great in the slinky Tencel twill. I've previously made one in the viscose twill but I'm tempted with a mustard yellow version. I've seen a couple of lovely colour blocked Wilder Gowns on Instagram too. Maybe a mix of all three colours!

2. A wrap dress

Simplicity 8235 Vintage Wrap Dress 1977
Simplicity 8235 Wrap Dress (1977)

My pick...

Oliva Wrap Dress Named Clothing Sewing Pattern
Olivia Wrap Dress by Named

I love the look of the Olivia Wrap Dress by Named. It even has pockets, which I doubt the 70s wrap dress has. For a more 70s look you could add volume to the sleeves without too much difficulty. 

I'd love to try this dress in the teal Ponte Roma and it matches the blue in the colour palette quite nicely.

Ponte Roma from The Sewist Fabric Shop

3. A blouse

Gathered Yoke Blouse
Style 1026 Blouse Pattern (1975)

Oh my days...

Viki Sews Edwige Blouse Sewing Pattern
Edwige Blouse by Viki Sews

This Edwige blouse has just jumped to the top of my list. The Tencel twill could be a winner!. I might even make it in the green. The Edwige Blouse by Viki Sews comes in sizes UK 6-20.

Tencel Twill Swatches from The Sewist Fabric Shop

4. Shorts, trousers and overalls

Simplicity 6946 One Yard Shorts Butterick 3752 Trousers Simplicity 5890 Bib Overalls 1970s Sewing Patterns
Simplicity 6946 One Yard Shorts, Butterick 3752 Trousers, and Simplicity 5890 Bib Overalls

My 3-in-1 solution

With the Closet Core Jenny Overalls and Trousers pattern you could make high-waisted shorts, wide leg trousers and bib overalls! I think these would look fab in the washed linens. This pattern comes in sizes UK 0-20.

The shorts

Closet Core Patterns Jenny ShortsCloset Core Patterns Jenny Shorts Mustard Washed Linen

The trousers

Closet Core Patterns Jenny TrousersCloset Core Patterns Jenny Trousers Blue Washed Linen

The overalls

 Closet Core Patterns Jenny OverallsCloset Core Patterns Terracotta Washed Linen

 5. A coat!

Simplicity 9665 Vintage 1970s Coat Sewing Pattern
Simplicity 9665 Coat Pattern (1971)

Why not try...

Sewaholic Patterns Robson Coat
Robson Coat by Sewaholic Patterns

If you're looking for a more involved make and like to plan ahead, what about a coat? The Robson Coat by Sewaholic Patterns is a lovely looking trench coat and a very close match to the 70s version above. Most of the examples I found were in medium weight fabrics, I think it would also work in the vegan wool coating. This pattern comes in sizes UK 4-30. 

Vegan Wool Coating from The Sewist Fabric Shop


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