1970s

vintage made (accidentally) modern

March 24, 2008

I liberated this 1975 Style pattern from my mum’s collection because I really liked the neckline and arm bands. My mum made this in the 1970s from a floral cotton which she probably wore with wedge shoes not dissimilar to those on the pattern model. I decided to use a stretch cotton in black with a fine white pinstripe from my stash, because I thought it would nicely contrast the neckline and arm bands by cutting them on the horizontal whilst the bodice was cut on the vertical. I also ditched the puffy sleeves and recut the skirt into a pencil skirt because the fabric was too stiff to hang the way a flared skirt should, and these modifications combined with the fabric choice unexpectedly gave the dress a much more modern feel:

Worn with a red belt and red shoes (which look great but really really hurt) it has a very corporate feel and is perfect for work.

More details of this and the other projects occupying my waking hours can be found on my blog.

  1. This is Amazingly cute!!! I love taking the older patterns and creating something new and more wearable …..you did and EXCELLENT job!

  2. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog. I must say you do beautiful work. I wish I could learn to sew to fit my body like you do yours. Very flattering. I bookmarked you blog. I have enjoyed reading it. Keep up the great work. JP

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