Steely Seamstress

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Seventies Pattern Style 1522: A Tricky Tunic Part 1


I bought this seventies pattern ages ago from a charity shop. The copyright states it is from 1976 and the styling is certainly reminiscent of the time. I’m not sure the illustrations do justice to this pattern at all; I can imagine that most of you aren’t feeling thrilled looking at this pattern envelope. However, I could see just what a versatile pattern that top is and how it would fit into my wardrobe.

Style 1522

I really love this corduroy Moss skirt I made a while back, but I am stumped about what to wear it with. Yes, the purple t-shirt below isn’t a particular good match. I wear it with black loads, but I really thought a lilac top would work well with it.

Moss Skirt

I managed to find a lilac rayon-linen blend in Like Sew Amazing that fit the bill. The lilac is sold out, but there is still some fabric in the mint colourway.

This project has been a “stop-start-stop-start” type of project. I traced and cut it out back in January, but faced with some pretty serious instruction blindness, so I have stalled several times now and I’m only making good progress now .

I’m not quite sure what the problem is with the instructions, but the construction of the collar and facing is confusing. The instructions themselves are clear enough, but seem to omit crucial details, so I’m left trying to manipulate the fabric in my head at each stage trying to convince myself that it will all turn out fine. The pictures aren’t particularly good either. I’ve been cautious and I think it is beginning to make sense now. Strangely, I don’t usually find problems with instructions in seventies patterns, so this experience is outside the norm for me.

Here’s the make so far. The yoke with its gathering is in place and I’ve got the collar attached. I just need to work out how to get the placket in place. I’ve taken a side-step to look at the sleeves (because that bit looks easier).

Style 1522

Style 1522 – Progress so far

Author: steelyseamstress

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6 thoughts on “Seventies Pattern Style 1522: A Tricky Tunic Part 1

  1. Hopefully this will work out for you. The style looks nice! 😁👍

  2. Like you I’m surprised that the instructions are difficult as I usually find seventies’ pattern instructions and diagrams more comprehensive than today’s offerings. I’m in love with seventies,and especially Style, patterns at the moment. More detailing, variety and lots of pattern for your money. Can’t wait to see the finished item 🙂

  3. It’s a pretty colour! I did a Burda dress with a closure like that in January and it has really good illustrated instructions – I could send you a snap of the page if you want?

    • Oh that would be so kind, if you could. I did look back at a popover shirt I made with a placket, but the pattern pieces were quite different (placket was one piece and then cut with the front as one), so it wasn’t much help.

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