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1970s - Mixed Fashion Pictures, Skirts, Maxis and Girls Dresses.
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By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

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1970s Pattern Fashion History - 1977 Pictures Mixed Styles

This set of pages looks at pictures of fashion designs from a 1977 dressmaking magazine.  The 1970s thumbnail pictures below in the main chart all enlarge to A4 size when printed.

For a detailed analysis of the 1970s read the 1970s fashion history page. 

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.

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Pictures from 1970s Pattern Fashion History

For a detailed analysis of the 1970s read the 1970s fashion history page.   See fashion history pictures of 1970s trousers suits here.    See more fashion history pictures of 1977 patterns including princess styles.

The 1970s thumbnail pictures below all enlarge to A4 size when clicked. 

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The 1977 images above reflect the fullness of skirts of the mid seventies. These were often made from 4 panels based on a circle.

Notice that 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 or fuller.  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.

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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.

Dress pattern of 1970s Dress pattern of 1970s Sundress 1977 Dress pattern of 1970s

Sundresses like these with a yoked neck or square neckline bodice were fuelled by the urge to get a tan.

Dress pattern of 1970s Coat pattern of 1970s Waistcoats of 1970s Tops of 1977

The flare in this rust coat is exactly how I recall coats of the 1970s.

Evening dress 1977 Dress pattern of 1970s Max dress pattern of 1970s Maxi skirt and jacket pattern of 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.

Girl's pattern 1977 Girl's pattern 1977 Girl's pattern 1977 Girl's pattern 1977

These are dresses and jumpsuits are just like the ones my nieces wore through the 1970s.

For a detailed analysis of the 1970s read the 1970s fashion history page.   See fashion history pictures of 1970s trousers suits here.   See more fashion history pictures of 1977 patterns including princess styles.

The 1970s thumbnail pictures above all enlarge to A4 size when clicked. 

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