Announcing: Share your 70s Sewing!



When fashion people started saying the 70s were back, I thought: no. No way. I do not like it, and I will not wear it. Not in a box, not with a fox.

Of course, this always happens. In the past, I have disavowed side-parted hair and skinny jeans, so I'm obviously terrible at telling what I will or will not like in the future.

That said, I'm not totally head over heels in love with 70s style. I am starting out very selectively, my interest currently limited to two new Retro Simplicity releases. But aren't they gorrrrgeous? I would totally wear either. Maybe even in a box, with a fox (...fur stole).

8013 1059

OKAY FINE so technically 1059 is from 1969, you caught me. But don't you think it has a nice 70s feeeeeel to it? Although there isn't a date for 8013 on the pattern, I asked Simplicity on twitter and they said they think it's from 1977. For having almost a decade between them, there are a lot of similarities between the two patterns: v-necks, volume, and very nice bell sleeves. Honestly though I know basically nothing about 70s fashion--just that I have some knockout patterns that I'm excited to make!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand here's the fun part...

After my twins project with Sewing the 60s, I was super inspired to do some more of this "collaborating," and "community-building," so I thought it might be fun to open this up to all y'all! I asked Emily from Mai Attique (seriously click that link, she's sewing some really great, totally wearable, vintage-inspired clothing) if she wanted to co-host some super low-key sharing with a 70s theme.

Here's how it will work!

1. Between today (November 16th), and December 14th, sew anything 70s. It can be an original pattern, a repro or retro pattern, or just something 70s-inspired. Go as elaborate or as simple as you like.

2. Link it up here--you can link to a blog post if you have one, or a flickr album or (I think) an instagram picture.

3. December 14th, Emily and I will be sharing our 70s-inspired creations on our blogs.

4. Hopefully, we'll have a few participants, and I'll post some of my favorites here (with permission of course) and show you off!

That's it! As you can see, this is not a sewalong or a contest--nobody has time for that during the holidays!--it's just a fun thing we thought people might enjoy.

If you have any questions, or issues with the link-up, email me at hello at alliemjackson dot com or leave a comment below!


ps: if you sew something from 1969... well, i can't really judge, can i?

allie J.

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  1. Well, I was literally just telling my boyfriend that I thought I should probably make a new shift dress from my favourite 70s pattern book, so I will try and play along. Signing up for things is usually the first nail in the coffin to getting them completed, but I'd really like a new party dress to wear over Christmas.

    1. Yay, join us! I had a quick sneaky peek at your blog and that 70s halter would be perfect as well (if a bit unseasonal)!

  2. I was a teenager during the 1970's so I think by definition I am not allowed to wear clothing from that decade ever again. I will sew something though!

  3. I just looked at the halter pattern on Laura's blog and yes I did sew my own halter tops during the 1970s. Everyone made halter tops!

  4. YES! I have been going through my vintage patterns, putting some on Etsy (because I have a crap ton of them) and looking for cool ones to sew. I'm so up for this!

  5. I shall have to look through my patterns and see if I have anything. I know I do have a couple from the 70s so might be able to make something - if I do then I'll definitely link up x

  6. Thank you so much, Allie for the post! Hopefully I will finish my version in time :)

  7. Finally I have remembered to join in. I have two things from the 1970s era... well, one is from 1969 :D. But very 1970s style already, I dare say. I'll link up to them here and include linkbacks in my posts.

    I wonder if anyone else joined? I can't see any links but maybe my browser is having a hiccup? I mean, surely there are more people sewing the 1970s! It's such a great era to pick something from.

  8. Wish I'd seen this...I love 70s styles! I hope you run this again some time.



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