The 1969 Bell-Bottomed Pants Suit

September 25, 2013

I was lucky enough to find 6 yards of this psychedelic acetate in a charity shop on the same day I found the 1969  Simplicity pattern and according to the instructions, exactly the correct amount of fabric required for View 2 – my favourite outfit!

 Although too big I had a dressmaking friend on hand to talk me through sizing it down.

It was surprisingly easy to make,  I managed to finish it in an afternoon.

The Bakelite buttons were salvaged from a 1940s tea dress which had disintegrated over time.

I couldn’t resist recreating the hairstyle on the envelope, I think that bit was trickier than making the outfit!

  1. omg Vix this is the best! and your hair-do just completes it perfectly! I love to stare at pattern envelopes for ages. The hair, the outfit the accessories all make me wish i could recreate that exact look, and you’ve done it!

  2. I finally visited your website. Wow – you are having fun in life! This colorful and beautiful outfit is another gem in your wardrobe treasure chest. Thanks for showing and telling!!

  3. I LOVE it. Even though I look pregnant (not a good thing, at 50+) in Empire waists, and think acetate is an offense against God, comfort, and the environment, and one of the worst things to come out of that era (um, yeah, prejudices, I haz them) . . . . it’s absolutely gorgeous. I want one . . . in that print in a natural fiber.
    And your hair is perfect. Not just for the outfit; it’s a genuinely cute style on the right person.

  4. Oh, wow. This is amazing – I can’t say I love the fabric or the pattern, but what you put together is just gorgeous and so true to year. 🙂 The hair makes it just that much better. I’m so impressed. 🙂


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