The sewing patterns we remember from the 60s and 70s

Sometimes it is fun to look back, so today we look back to old sewing patterns to remember the most popular fashion trends of the 60s and 70s. Do you remember using patterns to make a new skirt or a mod dress?

It was a time-consuming process – select your favourite pattern, choose the fabric, follow instructions, lay out the pattern, pin, tack, cut, see if it fit, unpick and redo – but at least you ended up with an original outfit. The iconic pattern companies, Butterick, McCall’s, Simplicity and Vogue are still around today but we bet your grandchildren or even your children have never heard of them!

Take a look at our favourite pieces! Have you made any of these patterns? Will you teach your grandkids how to make an outfit from a sewing pattern?

1. Circular skirt

Did you have a circular cutting board? What colour was your favourite circular skirt?

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skirt

2. Mod shift

shift

 

3. Flared dress

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wrap dress

4. Mod cape

mod cape

 

5. Sheath dress

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squaresheath

6. Dropped waist flared skirt

flared dress

 

7. Mod vests

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Mod vests

8. Headscarves

hat

 

9. Mod funnel neck tent

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funnel neck10. Bathing suit pattern & beach coat

bathing suit

11. Pinafore

deep v

12. Muumuu

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muumuu

13. Midriff blouse and hip huggers

hiphugger

14. Tunic and flared pants

tunics and flared pants

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15. Shortie PJs

pjs

16. Wrap skirt

wrap skirt

 

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17. Swirl skirt

a-line

 

Do you remember wearing some of these iconic 1960s sewing patterns? What is your favourite piece? Tell us below.