Vintage Pattern Review – Caftan & Shorts

Here’s another vintage look I created for Pittsburgh Fashion Week.  It’s also ‘Take II’ of vintage Simplicity 7441.  This time I lengthened the pattern to make an ankle length caftan with deep side slits up to the waist and placed the facings on the outside instead of the inside for a cheery splash of color.  The fabric is a lightweight linen-look ivory fabric with a colorful retro stripe cotton for the shorts and facings.

I LOVE how this set turned out and I think that my lovely model Melissa totally rocked it with hot pink sandals and bright bangles!

 

 

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!