Today I’m sharing some my thoughts on contemporary patterns that I think include some features of seventies styles. I’ll start with tops.
In the early seventies, the hippie styles adopted in the sixties were still around. I’ve collected a few photos from the decade – there are loose blouses made from floaty fabrics and tunics of various designs often with an ethnic look – Indian tunics or Hungarian peasant blouses.
There are lots of tunics and blouses that follow this aesthetic available. This Burda blouse is from October last year:
Kate & Rose Patterns are inspired by folkwear styles from Central Europe. They also have some amazing embroidery to complement their sewing patterns. This is the Roza blouse:
The Shearwater Kaftan is a another simple tunic design:
The Indie Sew shop also has a good selection of tunics from independent pattern designers.
Another look from the seventies is big collars and balloon sleeves (sometimes together!) There was also a trend for safari suits.
I actually found it challenging to find shirts and blouses that used this look; it doesn’t seem to be on-trend at the moment. But here are a few that I found:
First of all, this Vogue shirt fits the safari-suit style:
I also love the elegant Cuba Libre shirt from Capital Chic, which has a similar look:
This lekala blouse definitely has balloon sleeves:
And this flamboyant number from Vogue has the two together:
For warm layers, turtle neck sweaters were a popular design.
The Paola Turtleneck Tee from Named Patterns is a good basic design for this type of sweater:
Or if you have a favourite sweatshirt or t-shirt pattern, it is always possible to draft your own. Madalynne has a good method for drafting your own turtleneck sweater here.
Of course, these are just my selections. If you are on the hunt for patterns that follow a particular style, I have found that The Foldline website is a very handy site. The Search Patterns feature allows you to search not just for a pattern designer / company and garment type, but also to search for things like sleeve length, or neckline.