The days are getting longer and Daylight Saving Time is here for most parts of the U.S. Warmer weather is just around the corner and it is time to think about getting ready for Spring. Once the rains start and we are stuck inside, it might be a good time to stitch up something wonderful to wear once the weather breaks. Before you head out on your next trip to the fabric store or thrift store, check out these patterns. I’ve got you covered if you love early fashion from the 1970s, 1980s, or early 1990s. All of the patterns are available in my Etsy shop.
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Vogue got it right with pattern 8296 from 1992. There is everything to love and very little to dislike. The high waist is very popular and figure friendly. All three lengths feature the shaped waist. I love the micro-mini shorts with the flared legs. They are very cute and flirty. Looks like a skirt but gives you the flexibility of shorts.
1970s Vogue Basic Design pattern 2685 is easy to sew. You can go short and sleeveless, adding flounce around the neckline and hem for a flirty, feminine take on the baby doll dress. Or you can choose flutter sleeves instead, but I think flutter sleeves with neckline flounce is overkill. Another option is to go evening length for a stunning vintage evening dress that is perfectly suitable for an afternoon or evening formal/semi-formal or dressy event. I see this as a bridesmaids dress, Maid of Honor dress, or a very simple wedding gown.
Butterick pattern 5975 from the 1970s is the classic peasant top that can be worn on or off the shoulder. It features a raglan long sleeve option. You have the ability to add flounce or a ruffle around the neckline—great for hiding beginning mistakes. An easy to sew pattern. If you are new to vintage sewing, this pattern is a good starting point, especially if you go with the shorter sleeves.
Why the focus on flounce? If not overdone, a flounced neckline frames the face and draws attention away from figure issues. Overdone, heavy flounce will make you look like a clown, but when added sparingly it is feminine and flirty. Butterick pattern 3573 from the 1980s, features a sleeveless dress with a plunging V-neck, framed in flounce (ruffles). The dress ties at the waist. A long sleeve jacket will take this dress from the office to dinner with a friend or lunch at a beach side restaurant. I see this in a lightweight rayon, maybe a floral print for the dress and a solid jacket for contrast, or switch it up and do the jacket in a beautiful floral.