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I have been wanting to make a pair of 1970’s black velvet hot pants for a while, so I decided to have a go at this Mary Quant pattern and see what these looked like made up.

I used a remnant of 1980’s furnishing fabric to do the mock up from – I thought that the weight of the fabric would work better than making it from calico. Once I got it to this stage,  they looked cute (in a non-Quant kind of way), so  I thought ‘what the heck’ and decided to finish them properly.


The blouse on the pattern illustration was made in broderie, so I used another remnant (in a dirty beige colour) from stash to make it up – and found some awesome vintage buttons that seemed to be in keeping with the whole dandy feel.

The result, complete with some trashy coloured pearl necklaces and bracelets from a local op-shop, was interesting, but wearable.


And I have yet to make up the black velvet hot pants.

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  • seamsoddlouise July 9, 2014, 1:23 pm

    I rather like these. Can’t wait to see the velvet version.

  • Deb July 10, 2014, 1:41 am

    This is really cute! Love the whole outfit!

  • Gail G. July 10, 2014, 1:56 am

    Love the whole look !

  • learningnewtricks July 11, 2014, 12:59 am

    So cute! I would love to see a full size picture of you wearing them.

  • ette July 11, 2014, 3:43 am

    What a great outfit. A whole different style than the final garment is supposed to have, but isn’t that the thing we all love about sewing.
    And perfectly paired with that blouse and the necklaces!
    love, ette

  • Jackie Lee July 12, 2014, 12:04 am

    I made myself a pair of magenta velvet hot pants which I paired with a long sleeved lavender silk collared blouse and topped with a crushed velvet magenta long vest. Panty hose were a must and my shoes were flat Cappezios with an ankle strap! The leather had been died a lovely lavender as well. Oh yes, I was 16 and it was 1972 and I was quite the item each time I wore it! Lol!

  • Catherine Alekna July 14, 2014, 4:38 pm

    thats pretty darn cute! i think i had something similar in the 90s! haha. But Jackie Lees Purple Velvet ones sound awesome too! What was your final fabric going to be?

  • Repeated Originals July 14, 2014, 5:49 pm

    Thanks ladies – they were kinda fun to do….
    Jackie Lee – magenta and lavender sounds totally gorgeous!
    Not sure that the hot pants have ended up something that would look in velvet…trying a couple of other patterns now!

  • cal July 15, 2014, 7:16 pm

    Adorable! Wear it, it rocks really.

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