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?
2. Mod shift
3. Flared dress
4. Mod cape
5. Sheath dress
6. Dropped waist flared skirt
7. Mod vests
9. Mod funnel neck tent
13. Midriff blouse and hip huggers
14. Tunic and flared pants
15. Shortie PJs
16. Wrap skirt
17. Swirl skirt
Do you remember wearing some of these iconic 1960s sewing patterns? What is your favourite piece? Tell us below.