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?

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

Fashion Fusion Video Pairs Our Patterns With Jo-Ann Fabrics

Have you seen the Fashion Fusion magazine we produce for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores? It’s in stores now and online, and it features loads of inspiration for fall and winter sewing. Plus, it pairs McCall’s, Butterick, Kwik Sew and Vogue Patterns with fabrics from Jo-Ann that are available right now. You can see just what our patterns look like all made up, no guesswork involved. So, watch the video, grab a copy of the magazine, and let us know what you think!

Fashion Fusion magazine by The McCall Pattern Company for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Fashion Fusion magazine is available at your local Jo-Ann store or online here.

 

Editor’s Picks: Kwik Sew Patterns

Kwik Sew Fall/Winter 2014 catalogThe Kwik Sew Fall/Winter 2014 collection debuted recently and I cozied up with this pattern catalog for a little look-through. Kwik Sew has been my go-to for basic patterns for years, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many stylish options this brand offers. Here are my top five picks for sewing right now:

Kwik Sew K4087 jacket

1) K4087 jacket: The moment I saw this new jacket pattern I thought of the Becky jacket by Rebecca Minkoff. I know you’re saying c’mon, Meg, you usually do a better job of matching your patterns to RTW, but to me it has a very similar feel to the designer jacket. Ignore the prints we made it up in and make your version out of solid 4-ply silk (if it’s available in a color you like and not too pricey, or a comparable poly fabric) or wool crepe. Lovely.

Kwik Sew K4068 dress

2) K4068 dress: This dress is for everyone who loves a feminine dress with a softly gathered waist. If you like our McCall’s shirtdress M6696, then you’ll love this pattern. Sew it out of soft cottons or silks in solids or mini prints. And look super-cute when you wear it.

Kwik Sew K4083 peplum top

3) K4083 top: We’re going nuts here over this flirty peplum top. I mean, cute peplum and color-blocked sides? Count us in! We recommend using lightweight fabrics for this Kwik Sew pattern, like silks or polyesters, for the best results. Maybe try color-blocking solids instead of mixing a print with a solid. Your call.

Kwik Sew K4031 cape

4) K4031 cape: Yes, I am going to keep forcing cape patterns on you this season until you break down and make one. This Kwik Sew pattern looks very similar to the Chloé capes that sell for close to $5,000. Make your much more reasonably priced version out of the softest wool or wool blend you can find, the thicker the better.

Kwik Sew K3764 biker jacket

5) K3764 moto/biker jacket: This pattern is an oldie but really, really goodie. You need to rock a motorcycle jacket this season and this is the pattern to get you on the road. Make it out of leather or faux leather, or explore some unexpected fabric choices, like the silver jacquard of the designer biker jacket in the photo above. Yes, you will look smoking-hot in this jacket.

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V1419 Sewalong update: How is everybody doing with this? Are you checking out our Flickr group and contributing comments (if you want)? I am up to step #8. Where are you in the process?