13 June 2014

My Favourite 1970s Sewing Patterns (part 1)


Ever since I started sewing I've been collecting vintage sewing patterns. My favourite guilty pleasure way to chillax on a Sunday night (if I'm not working) is to lie on the sofa with my laptop, browsing eBay for sewing gems of yore. In the last few years, my pattern collection has become dominated by the 1970s. I'm not sure exactly what it is about 1970s style that so appeals, but I just can't get enough of A-line denim skirts, clogs, casual blousey dresses and big bows. And oh those illustrations...

Here are a few favourites from my collection...











You might recognise this last one as the pattern I used for my Udon Dress.

Which is your favourite, please?

44 comments:

  1. Those are fabulous! I love the button back on th Udon dress!

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  2. That green 7245 Simplicity number is the dress of dreams!

    By the way, hello! I'm finally delurking after following your blog for the last 2-3 years. I think what you're doing is fantastic :)

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  3. I like the Butterick 4030 the best although I'm quite taken with the bottom half of the Valentino dress - but don't like the neckline at all. Which one are you planning on making?

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  4. I like the butterick 4302. Which do you prefer?

    I recently went on a vintage patter spree and bought 3 from the 1970's too, my favourite is Style 4105, but think I need to slim down a bit before I make it! I've photos of the others on my blog.

    www.calascrafts.blogspot.com

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  5. The maudella shirt and skirt set is my fave. I would never ware them, but there's something really fabulous about the whole outfit, shoes and hair.

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  6. Ooh, I love the Maudella one. Great collection.

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  8. I love 60s style...just wish I had the skills to create this dresses
    However, my mum is pretty handy with a needle so maybe one of these days she can help me!

    Jennifer Jayne
    jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Actually, I'm digging the one that is bottom center in the very first image. It's a fantastic blend of a great pattern I'd totally wear, and craziness with those pixie haircuts and turtleneck!

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  10. Great collection! I love the 70s too and have a bunch of patterns, some of which I have sewn! It's all about carefree elegance, and I think the illustrations really reflect that.

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  11. Am feeling my age I was born in 1970!!! Loving the valentino pattern - like Jennifer I have always preferred 1960's styles, but after viewing some of these lovely patterns I might be tempted to relive the 70's.

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  12. I love the Valentino Vogue Couture and the Butterick 4302 wrap dress! I haven't actually sewn up any vintage patterns myself. I have trouble imagining them without the retro styling and see how they can be part of a modern wardrobe. Then I'll see somehow else sew up something fabulous and think I should give it a go but I never really do.

    On that topic, if you love 70s patterns you should check out my blog on Thursday next week! I'm planning a giveaway of vintage patterns I have in my collection (two from the 70s were my granny's and one from the 60s I picked up in a thrift fabric shop) to celebrate my 100th blog post! I never use the patterns so they are just going to waste in my drawer and should go to someone who will appreciate them (and who fits them - I think they all are for a 34" bust measurement and I am 45", LOL!!!)!

    Cheers,
    Eileen

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  13. The seventies was a magic era for dressmaking.
    I love that Simplicity full length dress and made something very similar to wear to the university dinner and dance after getting my degree. It could easily have been that very same pattern.

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  14. I totally second your 70's pattern love. They are such great styles for all types of figure! From your stash, the yellow striped dress particularly appeals. I love those pockets! I have a few 'Maudella's too. Doesn't that name sound old fashioned now! Maybe it's due for a revival. Oh, and I meant to tell you a while back I made 3 more Cocos, taking my total to 4. No I have not finished with the pattern yet, I love it!

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  15. Oh my goodness Tilly these really bring back memories - I had the red and white sundress and the pink maxi dress, thought I looked the bees knees in them. What a lovely sentimental journey, thank you Tilly. Sorry for not visiting for a while the old day job has been keeping me very busy! Wonderful to read your blog Tilly, always good fun. Big hugs and loves, Dorothyxxxxx

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  16. I love seventies patterns I actually have the third one in my collection and possibly the seventh or something very similar. xxx

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  17. Oh these bring back memories! I wore every one of those styles back then and I owned and made Butterick 4030! Thanks for the memories !

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  18. Love that last one with the back closure :)

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  19. My favorite pattern to wear would be the dress in the Special Offer Pattern (despite the awkward pose of the illustrated model). The best one, though, is the Simplicity pantsuit. The woman in yellow looks positively angry. Maybe it's because she's on the look slimmer pattern design?

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  20. How very astute of you to adore that era, Tilly because as A Lady of a Certain Age, I can attest to its all round fabulous-ness!!! (London in the '70's.....ahhhhh, SO much fun!!!)

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  21. ooh yes! after 60s patterns 70's are my favourite! My mum started sewing in the 70s and she kept all her patterns so i love to go through them and find lovely frocks to sew up! Simplicity 7245 is exactly the sort i would look for. the blousey sleeves are gorgeous

    I'm also currently uploading all my patterns onto a special page on my blog so everyone can see my collection. your welcome to take a look if you like xo http://sewingthe60s.blogspot.com.au/p/my-patterns.html

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  22. Those are the fashions and style of patterns I learnt to sew with at school. I have a small collection as well which were passed on to me along with the fabric when my Mother-in- Law died.
    She had obviously bought everything but not made it up and it had stayed in the cupboard ever since.
    Gillx

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  23. My vintage pattern stash is mainly from the 1970's, the 50's and 60's don't quite 'do it' for me like the 70's does. I was born in '72 but too young to remember anything of 70's fashion! For me it would be simplicity 7245, I have quite a few patterns of a similar style in my stash. I also like the maudella SO10, I have a pattern very similar to that too.

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  24. I like the vogue pattern, it would be fab in a denim or even a print. I like to collect vintage patterns as well, a shame I find it hard to actually use them.

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  25. Love the Butterick dress in red. I have my favourite op shops (thrift stores in Australia) that I always sniff out a treasure when I pop in, 50c, $1 - bargains. Sometimes they're not my cup of tea or my size but I can't leave them behind and offer them to other sewists that I know!

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  26. I love that Vogue dress with the buttons on the front, amazing! I'm off to scour ebay now...

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  27. The Simplicity is my fave. What a cool summer dress it would make. So nice to know I'm not alone in my pattern madness, although I tend toward the 50s.

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  28. I have to say I love that Vogue Valentino! I love sewing from the 70s too and have sewn a Simplicity 7484 for a perfect summertime dress. My Etsy shop, Design Rewind Fashions, specializes in vintage to modern sewing patterns and I have been sewing since I was 8. This summer my daughters have formed a sewing club with their friends where they have recruited me to teach them sewing. I think we will have to bring out some fun summer basics like that Style pattern you have! Thanks for a fun post!

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  29. I have a huge love for 70s patterns, too - and may have a few coming in the mail right now. I mean, I love all decades for fashion, but the relaxed and comfortable style of the 70s just grabs me. It might also be because I was very young then and it's all romanticized in my head. I just wish those great Maudella patterns were easier to find over here.

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  30. I sewed and wore those clothes in the 70's so I'm a little less enchanted with the idea than you young girls. But looking back I was quite the fashionista before the term was coined! Of course I still sew most of my own clothes but the knits have improved dramatically. Don't forget we had to work with polyester knits only!

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    1. I agree about the polyester knits in the 70's. I can still remember the crackle as you pulled them over your head! I made a lot of clothes then and can still remember the lovely camel wool dress I wore with a cream silk blouse.

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  31. The Vogue Valentino red / white dresses - this pattern gets my vote. Love the ver A-line shape, the raglan sleeves and the button detail. Please make one Tilly and show us!

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  32. oooh Symplicity pattern 7425 I made this several times.Once all by hand as I lived in Germany and didn't have my sewing machine.

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  33. I have just finished a blouse and the patter used is a New Look but it is an update of the 7425 Simplicity pattern you show here on your blog. As the saying goes what comes around goes around and all fashion is fluid.

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  34. Love them all can't pick out one favourite. I love rummaging in charity shops for patterns. I have some real beauties!

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  35. Tilly, I have a bunch of cute vintage patterns from the 1960's that my mom owned when she was in junior high. If you are interested, I could scan them and send you some of the pictures. My question regarding these particular patterns is- how do I adapt pre-teen sized pattern pieces to fit more of an adult sized body? I am 30 years old & I am petite (5'2", 105 lbs) so I was hoping that scaling up from the junior size wouldn't prove to be too difficult a task, as I am but a novice seamstress :)

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  36. Oh and my favorite pattern from this article is the Butterick 4302 wrap dress ... it looks stylish AND comfortable!!

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  37. Vogue 2730 - Valentino, oh my goodness, this could be my dream pattern!

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  38. I have to go with the 7245 Simplicity pattern. The empire bodice and puffy sleeves are right up my alley.
    I adore the styles from the 70's. The silhouettes look great on my body type so they are always a favorite.

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  39. I love the sleeves on the Buttrick 4302. Also, I think I might even have the two Simplicity patterns in my vintage pattern collection.

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  40. I'm going to have to do some serious looking around for that 6106 simplicity pattern. That skirt/jacket set is too cute. I can't wear the bellbottoms but I could sure substitute a nice skinny pant for those. Work uniform!

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