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

Art-Teacher Chic: We’ve Got the Patterns For It

Rachel Comey Sparrow dress
Art-teacher chic: Rachel Comey Sparrow dress

Not too long ago Style.com ran a trend piece on what it calls “art-teacher chic.” We read it and thought, hmm, that’s the perfect way to describe the style of some of our patterns.

“Art-teacher chic—loose tunics, big ceramic necklaces, modest shoes—has become the go-to uniform for fashion-y women who are done with overdone.” —Style.com

Designers like Rachel Comey (a Vogue Patterns designer), Celine and Prada exemplify this easy, wearable style of dressing.

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Art-teacher chic: Celine top and pants, fall 2014
Art-teacher chic: Tsumori Chisato poncho, available at Bird

If you’re looking for art-teacher chic patterns, check out Lynn Mizono and Marcy Tilton for Vogue Patterns. Katherine Tilton nails the look for Butterick. For even more examples of patterns that exemplify this creative, relaxed style of dressing, check out our new Art-Teacher Chic Pinterest board.

Art Teacher chic Vogue Collage
Vogue Patterns art-teacher style. V1410 by Lynn Mizono is a current bestseller for us.
Art Teacher Chic Butterick Collage
Butterick patterns that meet the art-teacher chic criteria. Katherine Tilton’s B6101 top is another bestseller.

Is art-teacher chic your style? I just got back from a long weekend in Woodstock, NY, where this kind of dressing is de rigueur for women of all ages. Tell us more about your look by leaving a comment here. Thanks!