70’s Flair


Riddle me this: Which two TNT’s did I use to make this dress? It’s two of the five patterns I have featured in my TNT pattern page!

70's TNT

If you guessed Cashmerette Concord and Kitschy Koo Comino Cap, you are correct! In all my digging for Pinterest inspiration for Kibbe Gamine style, I started falling in love with late 60’s/early 70’s fashion… and found myself copying this inspiration image from 1971!


Apparently it takes a model to pull off this pose while displaying the sleeves!ย 

My version started off as maxi… but the combo of busy print and polyester ITY fabric made it read a bit more like a costume. It’s too close to Hallowe’en to be looking costumey! I love the high neckline of the inspiration though, and the flared sleeves. If only I could find that original fabric!


To make the sleeves flared, I rotated the pattern piece as I cut it. Much easier than slashing and spreading, though that would be a more accurate way to get the same effect. Here’s a good tutorial by Heather from back in 2016. In addition, I did make a matching tie belt for the waist… but the fabric camouflages it too well to see!

Somehow every fall the weather changes and I can’t figure out what I wore the year before. Do you find that too? That’s ok, I’m always looking for an excuse to sew!

9 thoughts on “70’s Flair

  1. Genius approach to the sleeves without slashing and spreading!! Also, I think this is gorgeous.The only thing I might do (when next you make this and it’s totally wearable icing so you have to make it again) is to make the neck a bit more crew, so that it’s warmer in winter. Also, I dare you to find that freakin’ fabric that the model is wearing. There’s something fantastic about it and I think you need to find a proxy for your next go round ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Love this dress on you. I can see what you mean about a maxi version and how this length is so much better. You’ve reminded me to be more imaginative with changes when a make doesn’t work out, thank you.


  3. I think you could make/wear anything with this gorgeous fabric and I would love it! So jealous.
    (Not saying the dress isn’t great cuz it is. Just that I really REALLY love that fabric.)


  4. Fantastic dress!! Love the fabric and you look wonderful in it, as usual. I really like the sleeves. The model looks smashing as well with her pretty fabric. Ebay is amazing for finding vintage fabric, if you dont mind scrolling through 8,000 listings. I just check ending soonest and look for a bit. I have a small stash of vintage that i adore. Great job but the capino cap dress is still my favorite! ๐Ÿ™Œ


  5. That is a very fun print! Iโ€™ve fallen into a sweater-dress pit this fall and I really donโ€™t want to wear anything else. ๐Ÿ˜‚ need to up my tights game though.


  6. holy crap. 1. I need to get on my blog reader. I am so behind. 2. you are gorgeous. I love this… I’m looking at my Chloe/Gillian/Becky triplet fabric and getting so inspired. I have a plan….but I think you just may have added to it…. you are such an inspiration. โค


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