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Vintage Sewing: The 70s dress

October 3, 2017

Over summer, a good friend of mine turned 40, and had a 70s themed birthday party to celebrate.  I had a rummage through my vintage patterns and found these…

Vintage 70s patterns

…and a search through the online treasure troves of Minerva resulted in me finding this completely mental fabric that was very much the right price for fancy dress!

Fabric from Minerva

Originally I had envisaged making a jumpsuit, but I chickened out as I didn’t think anyone could cope with me being head to toe in that fabric, so I chose the zip front dress pattern instead.

Style 4744 from 1974

The pattern was a size 18, which I knew would be too big, but I made it without alteration at first and then took it in to fit afterwards.  I had to take it in significantly!!

Taking the dress in at the side seams

Once I had taken it in and paired it with the right belt and shoes, it began to look acceptable and I thought I could handle wearing it in public.  There were some fantastic costumes at the party – I made sure to take photos to show on the blog (with permission).  I made a headband out of selvedges and even wore false eyelashes to complete the look!  My shoes are Swedish Hasbeens (Kringlan High, orange).  They are handmade in a traditional way and their design is based on original 70’s clogs.  Perfect for the party, and pretty darn cute to wear all summer!

Me and the birthday girl

Paisley shirts, green flares, orange jumpsuit and wigs – all from Smiffy’s fancy dress


Catch you on the flip side!

  1. October 3, 2017 5:23 pm

    Your dress is fabulous!! I have such a weakness for 70s styles and prints, and that Style pattern in the top right is amazing.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      October 3, 2017 7:40 pm

      I actually made that Style one a few years back in hot pink jersey. It’s a lovely design! 😊

  2. October 5, 2017 8:09 am

    You look fab! I just love an excuse to dress up, even more so if I’m making my own outfit!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      October 5, 2017 8:53 am

      Thank you. It was fun!

  3. theprettyandthekitsch permalink
    October 15, 2017 5:56 pm

    I LOVE it!!!! So 70’s and SO awesome! You look fabulous!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      October 15, 2017 7:10 pm

      Thanks very much 😁

      • theprettyandthekitsch permalink
        October 16, 2017 2:24 pm

        You’re welcome!!

  4. February 13, 2018 4:48 pm

    Very cute! I love the pattern you chose for this project! Just fabulous!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2018 11:34 pm

      Thank you 😊

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