Saturday, February 21, 2009

1970's Wedding Dress Pattern

It's always fun to look back at women's dress patterns to see the styles of the times. So I look for vintage dress patterns whenever we get to one of our favorite antique malls. This one was found in Indiana on a recent day trip. I'd been searching for a few "new" vintage valentines when I came across this charming bridal party pattern set. Since engagements often follow Valentines Day and weddings follow engagements, finding this pattern was quite timely.

The year was 1971 and this Simplicity pattern sold for a whole $1! I haven't priced wedding patterns lately but I'm sure the cost would be considerably more today.

Remember the styles from that decade? In many ways, completely different from our current fashions. I'm fairly sure no bride today would select headscarves for her attendants but they certainly do have an interesting flair to them! Reflected in this wedding pattern are the popular peasant dresses of the 1970's. Quaint and charming to us now but quite the rage in 1971!


  1. I was 11 yo in 1971 and I remember these pattern styles well. My mom was sewing lots of clothes for me then, and I was beginning to sew some for myself. In fact, my mother told me that if I would sew, she would buy me all the fabric that I wanted. So I took her up on that offer and made a lot of things for myself. I remember one Betsey Johnson for Alley Cat pant suit in particular that I made in sherbet pastel stripes! xo, suzy

  2. Lucky you, Suzy! What a great mom to let you sew all you wanted. No wonder you are such a amazing fabric creator now!

  3. Reminds me of my Aunt's wedding photos.

  4. What memories!!! Another place, another time! Your blogs are totally beautiful! I enjoy my visit every time I get to drop in. Thanks for visiting me today!

  5. Oh my! I made myself a dress from this pattern to wear to my cousin's wedding when I was in 8th grade! I can look back on the pictures now and see that it was hideous, especially on a chubby, undeveloped pre-teen, but I thought I looked wonderful.

  6. Thank you for lovely comment.Your blogs bring back treasured memories.