Sunday, March 20, 2011

What's on the Sewing Table

I'm going to be attempting my first 1970's pattern this next week!  The Sew Weekly theme is "Don't judge a pattern by its cover." So, trying to make attractive garments from very unattractive pattern (envelopes).  Sounds fun, no?

Here's the pattern I'm going to be sewing:

I'm going to sew up View 1.

First, I should clarify that this pattern is only hideous compared to the other patterns in my stash (I tend to buy patterns based on their pretty envelopes!)  I actually think the pattern cover is kind of cute and definitely very reminiscient of the time period!  However, in comparison to my other patterns, it does stand out a bit.  I mean, who wouldn't want a self-decorated rick-rack poncho in their wardrobe?  Or what about a vinyl cow print poncho with a matching miniskirt?  One of the options for the poncho and mini-skirt is fur fabrics.  I briefly toyed with the idea of making a faux fur poncho and matching mini-skirt with my leftover faux rabbit fur...though you will be happy to know that it was a very brief fleeting thought (thank goodness)!

I do look forward to channeling a 70's vibe this next week!


  1. What an interesting theme! I'm usually swayed by the pattern envelope too. Though sometimes I'm swayed by the lovely versions that I see in the blogging world :)
    That cow print. . .wow. I just don't know what to say to that! lol
    Ashley x

  2. I would wear the F*ck out of that vinyl cow print poncho mini skirt combo with knee boots. Boom chick a wow wow.


  3. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

    The cow print with matching mini skirt is hilarious!!

  4. Same here for choosing and judging patterns by their cover illustrations. I have a couple of 70s pattern but have not yet thought of making them up. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

  5. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I am sure it will be lovely. :]

  6. Yep, I always judge patterns by their covers too! Can't wait to see how this turns thing we'll know is that you'll be sewing up 80s patterns ;o)

  7. The 70s was my fashion era. I have to say I kind of agree with anonymous although I wouldn't be so rude about it. There are more worthy examples of 70s fashion than the poncho. What about some great high waisted flares (cuffed of course) and a kaftan top or vest?

  8. Hello! I'm new here. This looks like a fun project, I'm interested to see how it turns out.

  9. The fabric on view one looks like something that I saw Ugly Betty wear once I am sure of it. be interested to see how this one turns out...

  10. I cannot wait to see what you do with this! I would totally want a cow print poncho to wear in this springy weather - I mean, who wouldn't? :)

  11. Rats. I'm on spring break and was hoping this week's theme would be something I could participate in (so far I only find out the theme when it's too late to take part! My fault, I finally found the newsletter signup.) I'm like you though, I tend to buy by illustration and I don't keep patterns I don't like or decide against. So my stash is full of gorgeous things (to me, anyway).

    haha, my word ver is BRAGG. Fitting. ;)

  12. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

    I love 70s patterns, and find I do most of my actual sewing from them.

    A hint for beginning sewers who are wanting to try vintage patterns: Start with a 1970s pattern. The early 70s were like today - many young people re-discovered sewing, and so the instructions were often geared toward a person with little background in sewing.

  13. I have such a hard time visualizing the final product when the envelope is hideous. I've been trying to get past this but I know what you mean about buying patterns based on their envelopes. Can't wait to see the poncho!

  14. I would NEVER turn down a poncho done in yards and yard of rick-rack. Never! And Debi, if anyone were going to make a poncho and miniskirt look good in faux fur, it would be you. You'd make it look so good that I'd actually spend a few moments thinking I could do the same. (Then I'd wake up and leave it to the professionals.) Can't wait to see your finished product!

  15. Cool! I've recently become semi-interested in 70's fashion - thanks to watching some Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys TV Episodes from that era.

    Looking forward to seeing what you make!


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