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!
Yea! Spring is here! Ok, well the weather is still questionable, but I am glad to work on my “stash buster” projects while I wait for the sun. McCall’s 6079 is for a loose fitting pullover tunic top in either a square or triangular shape with stitched arm openings, peek-a-boo shoulders, and optional belt.
Admittedly, this pattern did not thrill me at first, but I have discovered that tunic tops can be VERY flattering and look great with slacks or skirts. They can also be sewn up quickly in a array of colors and prints.
I had in mind a jewel tone satin with a V neck and adding some beaded trim, but of course I am ever impatient, so I used a mustard colored rayon with an African mudprint design. (Sorry, but you can’t see the shoulder openings in the pics.) The cowrie shell belt seemed to compliment the fabric PERFECTLY! I hope you agree!
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!