These 1970s images are taken from a 1977
dressmaking pattern magazine of unbranded dressmaking patterns from a weekly
paper of the era.
The fashions are typical of the early
to mid seventies rather
than of 1977 as the magazine was aimed at Ms. Average rather than Mrs Super High
Fashion. They are very suitable as reference for theatre use for fashions from
1970 to 1977.
thumbnail pictures below all enlarge to A4 size when clicked.
The 1977 images above
reflect the fullness of skirts of the mid seventies. These were often made from 4 panels based on a circle.
on these three pages of pattern pictures there is not one straight
skirt line among these patterns. The only way you would see a straighter
skirt was as a long empire line maxi dress. The mini skirt/dress of the 1970s was A line
Anyone who goes to a 1970s fancy dress party wearing a straight line 1990s mini
skirt style has missed the point. 1960s and 1970s mini skirts were all cut
with flare and a shaped. 1970s skirts were A-line, flared princess seamed or based on a
circle with flip. The A-line was achieved by cutting extra flare on the side
panels or built into princess seams.
Princess skirts with inset waistbands were a feature
of dresses around 1975. Waistcoat variations were also very
fashionable that year too. Very simple easy jersey knit
fabrics were used to create flowing jackets.
Sundresses like these with a yoked neck or square
neckline bodice were fuelled by the urge to get a tan.
The flare in this rust coat is exactly how I recall
coats of the 1970s.
The seventies saw ordinary women wearing long maxi
dresses one evening and a mini dress the next. The cerise long
dress is almost identical to an evening dress I made for my mother
in 1974/5. High necklines were popular on evening wear.
These are dresses and jumpsuits are just like the
ones my nieces wore through the 1970s.
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