Today’s Pattern Story (and Sale): Simplicity 7804

by Erin on January 14, 2011

Simplicity_7804

Floral: Look. Look into my midriff mandala. Lose your "self" and become one with creation.

Yellow: I represent the Sun, and thus life itself.

Green: I represent all other living things, given life by the Sun. Or, possibly, avocados. It's hard to tell. I mean, my midriff triangle could represent the avocado seed, right?

Floral: Focus, ladies!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

NancyDaQ January 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

Contrast inset = bad 70′s fashion. I wouldn’t care for a yellow version, but View 3 is the only one that’s even remotely wearable.

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LBC January 14, 2011 at 8:57 am

I agree that the contrast bit is seriously dated, but, otherwise, that’s not a bad pattern at all.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Seventies design has been unfairly lumped into one category and maligned. Yes, the 1969-1973-ish era was pretty horrific, but the mid-Seventies have a lot of nice, simple, patterns that are really pretty good if one can get past the winged hair and freaky colors in the pattern illustrations.

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Evalyn January 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

I like this pattern. If one ignores the colors and the contasting insets, it’s very classic and wearable. Now, if I can just find it in a real person size! My local Salvation Army has BINS of patterns, so I guess I’ll have to spend an afternoon searching.

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Katherine @ ZipZapKap January 14, 2011 at 10:38 am

Evalyn:

I have multiple copies of this one. Let me know what bust measurement you need; I may very well have it.

katherine@zipzapkap.com

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Evalyn January 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

Ktherine: I looked, you had it, I ordered. Thanks.

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Joni January 18, 2011 at 5:04 am

I agree: some of the mid-Seventies styles are quite wearable if you make them in non-ugly colors. A lot of the styles are designed to be ‘slimming’ and they are pretty flattering on a long-waisted gal like me.

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Cookie January 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Is this a FEAUXLERO???

Possibly?

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gidgetbananas January 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Ahh, the 70s. When they were good, they were very very good, and when they were bad . . . well, you got avocado. I like this dress; in the right print, the cut-out one could look 40s rather than 70s (the era of the world’s least erotic cutouts), and that’s an improvement right there.

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Cookie January 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I’d like to add that Faye Dunaway was a 1970′s gal, and usually managed to look very chic. (The name that comes to my mind from this era, somehow, is Holly Harp. I’m going to have to do a search on that brand!)

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