Vogue 5487 features elegant options including the unusual tunic-and-tights look, which is so much better than the current t-shirt and spandex leggings combo that we see far too often.
Butterick 9299 shows off the always-flattering shirtdress, featuring buttons down the front, wide or narrow collar, and button tabs on the skirt.
Simplicity 3039 offers a variation on the shirtdress, this time with pockets and the optional longer sleeves.
Simplicity 3284 bills itself as a “Teen Age One-Piece Dress: Simple to Make!” I love the wide collar, and even more, I love the turned-out pockets. So cute!
Simplicity 7684 comes in “mini-length” and is from the daring year of 1968. Rompers would feature largely in the rather unfortunate stylings of the 1970s.
Only the year before, in 1967, mod was still queen, as shown in this Simplicity 7290 pattern. Simple lines created a flattering look that is still gorgeous today.
And speaking of still flattering, you can’t go wrong with a circle skirt. Butterick made this super-easy pattern for women like me. It features four pieces in total–two quarter-skirt pieces and two waistband pieces. On the other hand, it can use as much as 8 yards of fabric. In today’s money, that’s roughly $75 worth of fabric.
One last view of how things have changed: this pattern is, against all evidence to the contrary, a MATERNITY dress. Far from the saggy-bellied shirts of today with their stretchy bands of elastic reinforcement, McCall’s 5531 gave women an elegant, tasteful way to show off that bump. I also love that the young mum in green is obviously trying to decide if a bouquet of lavendar will fill that odd craving she’s been having.
Hope you enjoyed today’s picture show! Stay tuned for more scathing commentary on today’s crappy fashions! : D