Sewing on Trend: Loose Ties

The 1970's are really coming on strong this fall. It seems nearly every major brand has a silky dress or blouse with a loose tie at the neckline. You can sew up your own from the original patterns and fabric for a fraction of the cost a new 'retro' copy will cost.

Both of these patterns are from the 1970's. The upper design is from 1974: Simplicity 6758. This has a nicely fitted silhouette. There is a shoulder yoke and slightly puffed shoulders on the sleeves. We have it here in a hard to find size 16.

The black polka dot dress is by French designer Pierre Balmain. It is Vogue 1857, and dates from the later 1970's. He also shows shoulder yokes and a gathered sleeve in the bodice. This is a dress, but it could easily be cut with length to become a blouse. Our pattern is a size 10.

Fabric suggestions here are from the shop's vintage fabric collection. All are silky and wouldn't they drape nicely in the style of these loosely tied tops? Don't you think that these styles are perfect with casual jeans or dressed up for work? I am putting a blouse like this on my 'to do' list for this month.

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