But, things have changed. In recent years I've really come to appreciate the range of styles from the decade and the great range of classic looks and easy to wear shapes. Like in many decades, there are a huge range of styles to choose from. In this post I'm going to share some 70s inspiration with you - I've picked out 8 looks that you could make today which could be easily incorporated into any wardrobe.
Look 1: Classic A-Line Skirt
Style 2025 & New Look Maudella 6030 - From my collection
This is a look that never goes out of style. Some of my favourite versions also feature a central pleat, which adds a nice bit of interest. A-Line styles look great in denim, or in lightweight wool for Autumn.
Look 2: Wide leg trousers
Image from 2 Buck Pattern Truck on Etsy
New Look Maudella 6034 - My collection
Flares are quintessentially 70s, of course, but you don't have to opt for the super-exaggerated shapes of bell bottoms as the more elegant wide legged trouser is really flattering. This style also has a great 1930s feel to it.
Look 3: The Wrap Dress
Vogue 1679 Diane Von Furstenberg Wrap Dress - Image from Vintage Pattern Wiki
Vogue 1610 - Image from Vintage Pattern Wiki
Invented by Diane von Furstenburg but copied a million times over, the wrap dress is still popular today. If you like this look you're probably better going for a modern pattern as these vintage DVF patterns are PRICEY! Check out Lauren LLadybird's versions of Vogue 1610 on her blog
Look 4: Peasant Tops
Butterick 3612 - Image from BluetreeSewingStudio on Etsy
Simplicity 7444 - Image from QuiltCitySue on Etsy
Look 5: The Halterneck
Simplicity 1365 - Modern Version available from Simplicity Patterns
Vogue 9185- Image from finickypatternshop on Etsy
I love the look of halter necks, although they don't suit my shape unfortunately (broad shoulders). This halter dress is so stylish though, and the broad collar stops it from being too shoulder revealing, so if anything could persuade me, it's this pattern.
Look 6: Maxi Skirts
Simplicity 6573 - My collection
Simplicity 9725 - Image from Prettyful Patterns on Etsy
Maxi skirts can feel demure or dramatic, depending on your fabric choice. They are perfect for keeping cool on warm days when you don't want to reveal your legs too. Vintage maxi patterns are generally easy to find for cheap on eBay, since it was such a popular style. Many patterns contain options for different skirt lengths, like the one above, or you could lengthen the skirt of an existing pattern to get a 70s feel.
Look 7: Smocks and Tunics
Simplicity 7272 & Butterick 3356 - My collection
Look 8: The Jumpsuit
Simplicity 7230 - Image from LynnsLittleShop on Etsy
McCalls 5496 - Image from Ritasfleamarket on Etsy
More 1970s Inspiration
- Check out this Flickr group with over 2,000 photos of 1970s sewing pattern covers here. Some of the patterns are so obviously not from the 1970s but there is loads of 70s eye candy there.
- Very Kerry Berry did a great post about her Betsey Johnson pattern collection
- If you love the look of maxis and full-on psychedelic patterns, check out Vintage Vixen , who wears vintage and sews her own clothes from vintage patterns too.
What do you think of my choices? Did I miss out any of your favourite looks?