The sewing patterns we remember from the 60s and 70s 286



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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?


2. Mod shift



3. Flared dress

wrap dress

4. Mod cape

mod cape


5. Sheath dress


6. Dropped waist flared skirt

flared dress


7. Mod vests

Mod vests

8. Headscarves



9. Mod funnel neck tent

funnel neck10. Bathing suit pattern & beach coat

bathing suit

11. Pinafore

deep v

12. Muumuu


13. Midriff blouse and hip huggers


14. Tunic and flared pants

tunics and flared pants

15. Shortie PJs


16. Wrap skirt

wrap skirt


17. Swirl skirt



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


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  1. I made these dresses from patterns in the 50s. Rope petticoats underneath. Used the material from the full skirts to make my children’s clothes in the 60s.

    6 REPLY
    • I made a winter gathered skirt from a brown tartan material and it weighed a ton. Years later I turned it into three straight skirts and two pinafores for my sisters and myself. They still tease me about them. We looked like the Von Trapps in their curtain clothes. We all wore them to Mass. I still cringe at the thought.

    • I made my full skirts into dresses for our twin daughters!!! And cut long pleated woollen skirts into two . Because mini skirts came in!!

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