Call it serendipity, but I shortly after I launched the “Sewing The Seventies”, The Monthly Stitch announced that this month’s challenge is “Through the Decades”. I’m a child of the seventies, so my sewing plans and The Monthly Stitch are truly aligned this month!
My pattern stash largely consists of seventies patterns re-homed from charity shops. So far, I have sewn very little from this collection and I wanted to remedy that. I picked out Simplicity 5196 as a pattern that I had to use. It consists of a sweater, shirt and three versions of a bias-cut skirt. I can imagine myself sewing up all three of these.
I started with the sweater. My fabric is a beautiful, wool and angora blend, which I bought from Barry’s in Brimingham. I made quite a few adaptations for this sweater, primarily because seventies knit fabric was less stretchy. There is a back seam and back zip in the pattern, but I did away with this, when I created my jumper. And, although I started with a size 12, which is generally a good base for me, I also had to make some reductions to the shoulder and body width and to the width of the sleeves. It was rather over-sized when I first tried it on.
Next, I made the shirt. For this I used a 100% rayon fabric from my local Fabric Land. I made very little in the way of adjustments to the standard size 12; just widening at the centre back. I made a couple of changes to the construction. I included interfacing on the button and button-hole bands and mistakenly placed the patch pocket on the wrong side!
I’m very pleased with both my makes. I was struggling a little for warm winter clothing and these two items have definitely filled a gap in my wardrobe. I’m also surprised how modern these two items appear, bar the over-sized collars on the shirt – I suppose there are lots of seventies fashions on the high street and perhaps my choice of fabrics is quite modern too.
Don’t forget to take a look at the Sewing the Seventies challenge on my blog! I can’t wait to see all your seventies makes!