1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 8498 “Old Faithful” Made Petite

By on July 14, 2016

While searching for a quick and easy to make dress pattern, I came across my wonderfully versatile early 1970s Simplicity pattern which has earned the nickname “Old Faithful” as it hasn’t let me down yet!

I love the options for the dress. It can be, sleeveless, short- or long-sleeved; short or long in length; and can also have a belt with a button fastening at the back.

It’s suitable for a range of materials including cottons, linen, synthetics, crepes, brocade, wool and many more.

Depending on the style and material you choose, you can make a comfortable day dress or a striking evening dress suitable for any season!

1970s Simplicity Pattern “Old Faithful”

Adjusting the Length

One of the main reasons I make my own clothes is because I’m a petite fit with an extra short waist! This pattern is easy to adapt to fit your length, whether short or tall on the skirt and sleeves.

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So I started by measuring from the shortening/lengthening point, the amount I needed to decrease, then folded the pattern down and pinned it. Simple!

Making the Dress

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Arranging the pieces on the material was easy thanks to the simple instructions and the directions on each individual piece. They clearly explain how to follow the grain as well as how to make sure the pattern of the material flows well.

I decided to make a short sleeve, knee length dress so folded up the parts of the skirt and sleeve that I didn’t need.

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My dress fits perfectly and is incredibly comfortable! Once again the pattern hasn’t let me down!

1970s Simplicity Pattern “Old Faithful” - Result

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70s Gold Maternity Dress: Simplicity 1360

By on February 14, 2016

For my first sew of the year I decided on adapting this new maternity pattern to make a vintage style outfit.


Thinking along the lines of “if I lengthen this dress and make it glitzy it could totally look 70s disco-a-go-go” I opted for buying in a boatload of gold lame, without really thinking of the consequences.

When the lame arrived I fell in LOVE, It is sooooo beautiful and undeterred I set about lengthening the pattern and cutting the extension pieces out (excuse the slippers).



I ran a few pieces through the machine to see what the fabric was like to sew. This did not go well. Now, I have always been told to use a zig zag stitch for stretch fabrics (I don’t own an overlocker) but this didn’t work.

After a stressful and annoying night I managed to get the front of the dress completed but only after a lot of turning the air blue and wondering why in the hell it wouldn’t sew like it was meant to.

Truth is, I’m still not sure – is it because the weight of the fabric is too heavy, so it’s not your typical stretch? (If anyone does know please tell me!).

To hear more about me putting it all together please have a click over to my blog www.staceystitch.com

So here I am in all my shiny gold disco glory, pretty happy with how it’s turned out, even if I do look like a preggo space babe from the future.

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1970s | Pants / Trousers

Now with flare

By on January 18, 2016

Last week, I was looking at some pieces of corduroy in my stash and realized one, a very dark brown fine-wale version, had stretch. Immediately, I thought it could become one thing only: 1970’s style flared trousers.

3So, I made the trousers. I used a pattern I had drafted last year for a pair of jeans and just added a lot more flare to the the lower legs.

5Although I hardly ever try for a 1970’s look, I know it is one that suits me. I also seem to have a lot of things in my wardrobe which lend themselves to the look. The tweed jacket, for example, is one I made years ago (as in: pre-blog…) with the intention of making it look 1950’s (which it does, when worn with a skirt).

And I secretly quite like to finally be able to wear this big hat to good effect…

As usual, more about these trousers and more pictures on my blog!

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Peter Pan Fabrics

By on January 12, 2016

Hi I am wondering if Peter Pan fabrics had a denim line.  I have about a yard of fabric that feels really soft however everything about it looks like denim. I have searched the net but cannot find any denim for them.  Can someone help please?

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1970s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 8013, a retro 70s gown reprint

By on December 29, 2015

When Simplicity released their latest (I think) retro collection I totally swooned over this 70s dress… but its 10 yards of fabric, which can get expensive. Solution? Use rayon! While this would look stunning in a silk chiffon or charmeuse, rayon has all the drape and none of the sheen, making it a bit more flexible–it can be dressed up like a gown or down like a maxidress!

I really enjoyed sewing this pattern–I made no size alterations (I cut between an 8 and a 10) but I did change a lot of the construction.

Read more about this project on my blog, allie J.

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1910s | 1930s | 1950s | 1970s | Dresses | Pattern Drafting | Vintage Sewing

The great white dress

By on December 17, 2015

Hi all you wonderful crafting & sewing fellows!

It’s crazy, I haven’t posted anything in here for years, but the great big white deserves a mention, methinks 😉


My inspirations for this dress was all over the place. I was looking at Edwardian wedding gowns, 1930’s drapes and flowy sleeves, 1950’s circle skirts and 1970’s hippie layers and lace stuff… You can imagine the confusion and headaches I had over design choices!

In the end I went for a completely self drafted design, with added details from all the periods I was inspired by, and I think it worked pretty well! I used my standard bodice pattern for starters, cut it up to find the “perfect seam lines” (and of course that meant having a seven-piece bodice. Smart), and then made a few muslins to try to perfect it.


The skirt is four layers – four different fabrics – full circle.

IMG_1284cFor a bunch more pictures, come over here: http://sewewellyn.blogspot.se/2015/12/finally-wedding-dress-pictures.html

And here’s the post with some of my inspiration: http://sewewellyn.blogspot.se/2015/05/wedding-dress-inspiration.html


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1960s | 1970s | Coats | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

raincoat and a-line skirt , 60s patterns

By on December 6, 2015


Raincoat based on Simplicity pattern 8591 (1969) with some alterations (zipper, pockets )


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A-line mod mini skirt based on Maudella 5626 pattern  , with huge front zipper instead back zipper


vintage vinyl fabric maudella 5626 pattern aline skirt front zipper 60 1960 mod space age twiggy







The fabric is a kind of thick crinkled vinyl with woolen back , found in yard sales .



more here : http://crazeegirl-wears-vintage-dress.blogspot.fr/2015/12/addicted-to-my-sewing-machine-suit.html

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