A Modern Pattern Modified For A 70′s Feel

First, some background. Four years ago, right after I got my sewing machine, but before I started really sewing, I attempted to make this dress, the one shown in blue. I did such a horribly sloppy job cutting it, the skirt was all I could save from the pattern. There were literally inches of fabric that did not line up on the back of the originally cut bodice.

After about two years, I finished it as just a skirt, but it was pretty hideous- there’s no other way to describe it. Fast forward to this weekend. I pulled out the last of my black cotton broadcloth from my stash and I re-cut the bodice, this time going for the view on the right in white. I ripped out all the seams of the skirt and ironed them all. I re-stitched everything with French seams. I made a few changes to the design as I went (you can see them listed here on my blog) and when I was finished this afternoon, I had something not only wearable, but likeable.

The empire waist I ended up with and the cap sleeves along with the almost A-line skirt shape give this a kind of 70′s feel, similar to what you see here and here, though I think the shorter length is reminiscent of children’s dresses.

My fabric choices are far from that era though, and if I did this again, I’d still make the same changes I did to this now, but would choose less loud and busy pattern for my fabrics- probably a solid color. Either way, I have a feeling my altered version of this dress are more my style than the original intended design.

I’ve also just won a lot of 60 women’s patterns off of eBay for about $15. All I know about the lot is most of them are uncut, so maybe I’ll find some treasures in there when they arrive! I may have a pattern buying problem.

• Meet the Author • Inkdork


I am a mostly self-taught sewer in Lancaster, CA, with an interest in 40's and 50's fashions, as well as some 80's looks. I also do graphic design and WordPress set-ups and customization.


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6 comments… add one

  • It’s cute! Way to keep going and figure out something usable.

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    • Thank you! I was so worried I’d have to trash it, and am thrilled to have something actually wearable come out of it!

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  • This turned out really cute and looks very pretty on you.

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  • Your new dress fits nicely and I like the way the red flowers ( cherries?) flow across the color blocked skirt sections.

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