Saturday, February 4, 2017

70's Style

Good afternoon friends. I hope your week was as enjoyable and productive as mines. I've been working crazy overtime hours lately because my sweet little youngest daughter is graduating from 8th grade this May and she has a lot of expenses coming up soon. With all that being said, I didn't get as much sewing done this week as I would have liked.

Today's post is about 2 items that I finished a few weeks ago.
The top is Vogue 8772 and the bottoms are Simplicity 8058.
So, just 1 year ago, I made a 70's type jumpsuit. This top and pants ensemble really makes me think that I was made to live in the 70's era. I love everything about 70's fashion; the polyester, the big afros and even the dancing!

 So let's talk about the pants for a second here. The pattern is a Cynthia Rowley collection and is described as a flared knit pant.
Sizing is from 4-20, but let me caution you, I cut a size 10 and I just barely have enough room. Next time I'll size up in the hips. I used a black scuba knit that was purchased from the Textile Outlet, here in Chicago. I really love a nice pair of wide leg pants. The pattern also has a skirt and jacket to match. Scuba knit is really lofty and warm. This was my first time sewi

Overall, the instructions were good. I omitted the button band across the waist and shortened the length by my usual 2 inches. Fit-wise, it's pretty close to perfect. The crotch length fit straight out of the envelope. My only complaint is the funky lines under my butt. However, they aren't a deal breaker for me.
Lastly, the next pair that I make, I'll insert an invisible zip. Not sure why this pattern called for a regular zipper, but whatever. Oh and because the scuba knit does not fray, I left the hems undone. (it gives it character)!

My pussy bow blouse:
I had been wanting a make a blouse like this for a while. Vogue 8772 is described as a fitted blouse that has a collar, sleeve and hem variations, French darts and narrow hem. I did view B. The fabric is from Fabric Mart (sorry sold out!). It is a poly blend and has a really great hand; easy to sew and even easier to press. I purchased this fabric a while ago as a precut bundle. If my memory serves me right, it was super cheap; like $9.00 for 3 yards (who does that?!) I love Fabric Mart.
Sizing is from 6-22 and I cut a size 6 and absolutely no alterations. The fit is awesome and it pairs well with the pants. Excuse the above pic. Not sure what I was doing but it gives you a good close up of the top.
The combination of the top and pants is a good match. I'll be ready for whomever decides to throw a disco party!
Until next time


  1. I love this outfit on you! You look fabulous. I have that Cynthia Rowley pattern but I haven't cut it up yet. Everyone who makes those pants looks amazing, though, so I hope to make a pair soon.

    1. Carmen, girl jump right in an make it! Can't wait to see your version.

  2. This is lovely!!!! So chic and stylish!

    Because they're meant to be very fitted, an invisible zipper may not have the strength. But like you, I'm not a big fan of centered back zippers! Usually I opt for lapped zippers over the centered zip.

    At any rate, you're rocking it!

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment. I didn't even think about a lapped zipper. Great idea. I consider you one of "sewing's royalty" so I'll def. take your advice!

  3. A gorgeous outfit, it really suits you. I wouldn't worry about the lines there will always be little creases here and there the human body isn't flat. Great job. x


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