01 July 2011

Sewing Through the Decades: That 70s Blog

After sewing my Gypsy Caravan Pants, I think I may be ready to move on out of the 1970s and into another decade. It may just be all the Cherry Ames nursing novels and Rick Brant science adventures, but if my recent pattern purchases are any indication I may be meandering into the 1940s. Fear not, those who were in favor of the Gunne Sax dress. I will make one, but for the moment, my purse is shot and a fitted bodice will be much better in September weather.
 I very much wanted to participate in the Sewing Through the Decades Challenge, hosted by Debi and Sarah, but when they first started it I felt that I couldn't pick just one decade and I didn't want to do one from each decade either. I unwittingly have half completed the 1970s as a decade!
Sadly, I retired this dress because of my poor fabric choice: flannel. It was too hot for spring and stockings clung to the hem in the winter. It also grew a bit shapeless. I got it in a smaller size recently and maybe I'll try it again soon. I also have a whole 'nother one cut out and half-sewn from last September!

I'll have to get other photos, but I made the bloomers, or as they call them, panties, from this pattern 3 times. Once for myself, two as gifts. My sister made the left view in lavender polka dot, her first sewing project ever. Brings a tear to my eye.

 My first foray into regency-inspiration.

For the MPB Men's Shirt Sewalong.

I love this dress and pattern! It takes only 3 hours to make, therefore I have already made it twice. Expect a red one for the fall, tee-hee.
 Again, I have no photographic evidence of making this. I gave it away to my sister because it was a bit on the stiff side.
Also retired these shorts, after they shrunk in the wash :(

As for filling in the blanks...I own no 1978 or 1979 patterns, boo. But I can fill in the other two years easily. I already have patterns and fabrics for both!
 Not only do I have the fabric for this, I even have a muslin molding in the back of my closet somewhere! It is basically ready to go!
 I have LOADS of patterns from 1975 and 1976, but since I already have the fabric (and it is in my fall sewing plan) to make this one I will probably stick to this one for now.

In addition, I have some "bonus projects" planned...including a quilted bag and maybe a quilted skirt from my 1970s quilting books. My dad's birthday present is also from a 1970s pattern and will be done by next week. Basically, I just can't get enough of the 70s.


  1. You are ROCKIN' the 70's, girl!! I love everything you've sewn! I've even delved into the 70's, too and have sewn Simplicity 6960 and gave it to my friend. I've got a long boho-style skirt and maxi dress planned for this summer.

  2. I am loving your creations, but that hooded dress is still my fave :) Well done!

  3. Having lived the fashion of the 70's I agree. I look at your patterns and remember which ones I made or similar patterns. It was a great style era with lots of variety that's for sure. I am jealous that you have been able to find so many. What's your secret?

  4. How fun to see your fabulous line-up! I signed up for the challenge, but haven't done much more than think about it yet. I can't decide for sure between the 60's and 70's - although I do have more 70's patterns.


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