Vintage Pattern Wiki that were close to this one that had a date of 1973.
The pattern includes the wrap jacket with tie belt, wide let pants, and a mini skirt. Don't you just love those illustrations!?!
Boho Fabrics. It was lighter weight than I expected, but it ended up working perfectly for this design.
My original thought was to sew the wrap jacket with matching wide leg pants. Kinda trendy with the all over print jumpsuits and matchmaking floral blazers and pants I've seen in the fashion mags and online.
Instead of using the pants pattern provided with the pattern, I sewed McCall's 7786. This is now the fourth (or is it fifth?) pair I've sewn. I choose that pattern because the bottom width of the pant leg was identical to the Betsey Johnson pattern and would mimic the look on the pattern cover. The Betsey Johnson pattern is only one size. While the jacket fit me with minimal alterations, the pants were too small and I didn't want to bother altering them larger.
By the way, the bottom width of the pants is 31-3/4" in the size I sewed.
One reason I picked the vintage pattern is because that wrap jacket is SO similar to current designs! I've learned over the years to look at the lines of patterns, and not necessarily the fashion illustrations or model photos.
For example, the McCall's 7912 wrap jacket has a shawl collar, no closure, and tie belt. The main difference is my 70s pattern has bell sleeves but that's an easy pattern alteration,.
|McCall's 7912 photo from McCall|
I played with the tension. I tried stablizer on the backside. I added interfacing to the hem areas.
Oh! One thing I forgot to mention. The pattern was missing the second sheet of instructions. Of course it was for the construction of the jacket. Fortunately it was an easy jacket and I am sure there were no cool designer secrets included.
The pattern did include a dart (and the weirdest dart - it was soooo high!). I did an FBA and lowered the dart. I also added belt loops. There was no pattern piece for the belt loops so I'm assuming the (missing) instructions included thread loops to hold the belt in place.
I'm quite pleased with my floral explosion! I do believe I will wear the two pieces together - at least once.