Vintage Pattern Review – 50’s Blouse with a 70’s Vibe

I’ve had vintage Simplicity 2127 in my stash for a while, but I was torn as to what fabric to make with it.  Since my theme for Pittsburgh Fashion Week was hippie/mod/retro, I thought this blouse was perfect for the look I was going for.  It’s actually a 1950’s pattern, but the style has withstood the test of time so it was perfect for my 1970’s themed outfit.

The top is see through lace fabric, off-the-shoulder style with elastic in the top, bottom and sleeves.  The bottoms I created from a pair of Old Navy jeans that I cut off and added three rows of the same fabric gathered in graduated widths to make bell bottoms.

I think this look is SO cute! It’s a little bit funky and perfect for summer!  I should have had my lovely model wear a flower garland in her hair, but didn’t think of it until it was too late.  😦

Thanks for looking!

 

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Vintage Pattern Review – Wrap and Go Apron Dress

Were it not for my (ahem) “Problem Areas”, I would make this dress in EVERY conceivable print!  I LOVE this pattern!  It’s Butterick 4231 circa 1970’s.  It’s SO simple to sew and is perfect for days that you’re short on time but still need to look awesome!

The dress only has two main pattern pieces, with no zips, darts, buttons, etc.  Just tie it at the back of the neck, wrap it around your waist and tie at the front!  The pattern shows a short and long version, but it would be easy to shorten it a bit more to make a wrap top and maybe pair it with a fitted tee.

I used a funky African wax print for my first try, but I cut it just a tad too small so I will be making another soon for Summer.  Can’t wait!

Thanks for looking!

 

Vintage Pattern Review – Boho Tunic

Like most of you, I refuse to limit my fashion loves to a particular era.  There are bits and pieces of each era that tickle my fancy, and the 70’s are no exception.  Peasant blouses, dashiki tops, tunics, and prairie skirts are all on my faves list, so when I came across this pattern I just couldn’t resist!

It’s Simplicity 7441, unisex tunics circa 1976.  I made two versions, both in my favorite ethnic dashiki print, one with a mandarin collar and the other with a slit neck.  My lo-va-lee Mum was gracious enough to bling the white one for me with some glitter paint.  (She would bling YOU if you sat still long enough! LOL!)

You may have noticed that many fashion designers have incorporated pieces inspired by the 70s in their Spring and Summer collections.  I really don’t think styles ever go “in” and “out” of fashion, it just seems like whatever the top designers feel like showcasing is what the rest of the fashion world seems to follow ; >)

As for me, I follow the beat of my own drum.  Yes, I draw TONS of inspiration from the latest runway looks, but in the end it’s what looks good on you and what makes you feel good, right? Right!

 

Vintage Pattern Review: Assymetric Wrap Skirt

I don’t know about you but I ADORE wrap skirts.  They are so easy to wear and can be created in an endless array of colors and (even normally avoided) prints.  As of late, I have been hooked onto this sweet number 4287 by Butterick, circa 1969.  It has extra long wraparound ties, two side pockets and a funky asymmetric hem!

This pattern is so quick and simple to whip up with only 4 pattern pieces.  I only had to make a couple of minor adjustments to accommodate my non-size 8 body, but no other changes were necessary.  I thought the pocket a cute feature as it doesn’t require a separate pattern piece, you just fold it back and stitch it to the skirt body!

I did one skirt up in a funky cotton tribal print, one in a lovely peacock print (wish I had more of this fabric), one in a retro circle print, and one in a poly satin stripe.  I’m thinking next I might do a lightweight corduroy for Fall or cotton eyelet for summer.

The swimsuit however, being a size 8, is completely out of the question, so…