The Slacks of the Seventies | Veronica Darling
Fabric: Thrifted Woolie and/or Cotton check material, $3
Pattern: Simplicity 6175
Notions: vintage zipper, free from a friend's stash
Time to complete: less than 2 hours of sewing, plus 2 hours of deliberations
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes! Surprisingly!
Total Cost: ~$3
WHOA, it was an epic 1970s pattern-a-thon in my house this week! I have SO many of them! And I couldn't choose! My first early attempts at sewing were on my mum's vintage 1970s patterns almost 10 years ago now. Some of them were awesome (wrap skirts) and some of them were not so awesome (baggy jodhpers?! What was I thinking?) and combined with my limited knowledge of body shape and adjustment (not to mention fabrics!), I learnt a lot by sewing with them.
Vintage 1970s patterns were also in abundance at my second hand op shops, so I stocked up! Nowadays, there's heaps of bad 80s and early 1990s ones, so they're not as appealing to me, plus I have pretty much grown my sewing skills with these 1970s ones!
If you follow my sewing style, you'd know I'm not really into slacks. I was going to title this post something like OMFG TROUSERS! So why these 1970s ones?
I was going with a pink swing dress first up, that harked a little to the 1940s in shoulders, but I didn't have enough pink fabric. I almost settled on sportswear with a fun printed knit I thrifted that screams 1970s 'Sport' in a beautiful pink & blue font. I ummed and ahhed about a tracksuit hoodie, a tennis dress, a slinky jumpsuit, a few more sundresses, and so on. EVERY pattern was on the floor with various piles of fabric growing like large toadstools here and there.
And I was soon running out of time to actually start sewing!
I remembered how quickly my shorts were to make up earlier in the year, so instead of going the stretch knit option (my usual time saving sewing trick), I found this remnant of woolie cotton charcoal tartan/plaid stuff that was JUST enough for trousers. Remembering I'm quite petite, it was actually quite a small piece of fabric for trousers, so it was a tight squeeze for the two pattern pieces (front and back) and the waistband as well!
Timewise, it was a breeze to make up! This pattern was an op shop pick up, and the previous owner had rolled and stuffed all the pattern pieces into the envelope, and luckily everything was all there, just really crumpled! I made the darts in both front and back pieces slightly conservative (ie not too deep) in case it didn't fit right (I'm thinking of Michael Kors' complaint about ill-fitting crotch!), but I'm pretty happy overall with the fit. They were really comfy to wear to work!
The fabric's lines matched perfectly on the sides, and the front pieces, but for some reason didn't match on the inside seams. Oh well! Unless I do a lot of karate kicks in my new role as 'Bionic Veronica' I don't think that many people will see the mismatch! That's the TV show that Husbie loved the most from his childhood in the 70s, and when I showed him my finished slacks he thought I could be Jaime Sommers for sure!
We've been watching The Wire a lot too, so I feel very American and sassy police cop here in these photos! I could totally jump into Charlie's Angels along with Debi this week!
Every week could be 1970s week for me here at Sew Weekly! (And if you need to borrow any 1970s patterns, give me a yell!)