Then and Now: ’70s-Style Patterns

ICYMI, the 70’s look is huge this spring. Whether you’re wearing the decade’s looks for the first time or revisiting the fashions of your youth, come hop on the ’70s love train with us. Let’s take a then-and-now look at seventies sewing patterns:

Wear-to-work dresses: Simple lines and a close fit.

Seventies sewing patterns then and now on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Click here for Vogue Patterns dress V8786.

Pants and jumpsuits: The wider the leg the better.

Seventies sewing patterns then and now on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Click here for Vogue Patterns jumpsuit V9116.

Tops: Clingy is best. Bows are big.

Seventies sewing patterns then and now on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Click here for Kwik Sew top K4027. You can easily add the scarf around the neck from the same fabric.

Skirts: Wraps are always right.

Seventies sewing patterns then and now on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Click here for McCall’s skirt M7129.
These three current patterns have a '70s vibe. M7157 halter dress, B6178 culottes, V9076 dress.
These three current patterns have a ’70s vibe. M7157 halter dress, B6178 culottes, V9076 dress.

Will you be adding a little ’70s influence to your spring and summer sewing? I have a pair of culottes all cut out and ready to be sewn. What’s up next on your sewing table?

Question: Are you able to successfully pin images from this blog? Do you end up getting a jpg image that doesn’t link back to the post? Or do you get seemingly dozens of images and have to search high and low for the one you want to pin? Can you please test it and let me know in the comments a) if you were successful or not; and b) what browser you use. Thanks!

A look at '70s-style sewing patterns then and now, from the McCall Pattern Company

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18 comments
  1. Yes! Everything is linking back to your blog, after clicking on a 70’s pattern discussion….!

  2. V9076 intrigues me…It’s very Laura Ashley meets Diane Von Furstenberg. I think. I love the waist button details.

  3. Btw, I’ve made V8786 twice. The three-quarter sleeved version. I found it oddly not as slimming as you would think, it was more boxy. Disappointing because I really wanted to like the pattern based on the illustrations. Perhaps the third time – a sleeveless version – would be the charm?

  4. Working well on my iPad using iOS 8 and Bloglovin app

  5. I’m using chrome, when I click the pin it button in my browser or at the top of the post (between the FB and twitter buttons) it includes all of the fan gallery pictures at the bottom. That’s with out the bloglovin frame, just on your page. When I do it through Bloglovin, it just pulls up the first picture (but you never get options with bloglovin, it seems to randomly pick a picture). I also tried with Microsoft internet explorer and it pulls up the fan gallery pictures too.

  6. Successful using Chrome.

    70s
    Sometime think, if you wore it the first time round …. maybe not!

  7. I use safari. I am also getting the fan gallery pictures when I use the pin it button at the top of the page. I personally like the current wear to work dress better than the 70’s style but I’m a big fan of a simple close fit.

  8. I tested the Pinterest button with my Chrome browser, and got a page with about 45 images.

  9. I am not fond of big culottes. I prefer leggings or close-fitting trousers because they are way more practical.

  10. Great comparison post. I will say… I love 70’s silhouettes and I especially love the pattern sketches. They are so energetic and lively.

  11. No, using Safari neither left click ‘pin it’ or the widget on my toolbar work. I get no recognition of pics, nothing happens.
    I have a slightly cringing mentality for there 70s. I was a little kid, but now I see that M7157, it really reminds me of a party dress my Mum made me, the nostalgia returns.
    I have just finished a pair of culottes and have another pair half finished, will blog these very soon.

  12. Still got some of the original 1970s patterns, been using them quite often.

  13. I am sorry, but many young people do not like the wider legs. I myself agreed with them. I keep slim and that makes the difference.

  14. Oh yes i do love all these 70s patterns! so much so my 60s based blog is becoming swapped by 70s pattern projects. But no matter, some wide leg pants i think are next in line!

  15. The style comparisons look great!
    Pinterest question — I’m on internet explorer and I can’t Pin from the blog images — it’s not giving me the Pin symbol.

  16. I love 70s clothing and am so happy to see them back in style. I have a couple of great patterns I can’t wait to sew up.

  17. Opera is my browser. When I use the “Pin It” button beneath the title, I get the Gallery of a Bazillion Images and have to scroll.

    I came of age in the 70s, so wore all these styles in their heyday. We didn’t know better then. We do now.

  18. This weekend I caught a “Mary Tyler Moore” binge (marathon) on the new Decades channel and was taking inspiration note of her clothes, I even took a few screen shots…Her career-girl clothes we fabulous and could easily be worn today…I was about 10 when the series first ran but this time I watched it with a different purpose ; )

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