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23 Sewing Projects Inspired by the 1970s

These vintage-inspired patterns and tutorials are a great resource for all things 1970s!

By: Ashley Jones, Editor,

Sewing Projects Inspired by the 1970s
Sewing Projects Inspired by the 1970s
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No decade has been trending on runways as much as the 70s and it's easy to understand why. The 70s was one of the most interesting and most complex fashion decades around, with popular looks ranging from sweet homespun skirts and dresses to glittering disco glam inspired by celebrities like David Bowie and Cher. Colors like burnt orange, olive green, and dusty blue were all the rage in the 70s, as were long and sleek silhouettes made popular by bell bottoms and maxi dresses. If you love 1970s inspired clothing and have been looking for some great groovy sewing patterns, then you're in luck! Our list of sewing projects inspired by the 1970s is absolutely perfect for you!

From long flowing day dresses that you can easily shake your groove thing in to fun and vintage-inspired accessories, these 1970s patterns and tutorials are a fantastic way to embrace the past while keeping a modern edge. We've made sure to include ideas for flirty fringed bags, 70s inspired dresses, and even some cute tutorials for kids. Take a journey through time back to the days of feathered hair and lava lamps with this list of dynamite 1970s inspired sewing projects.

1970s Inspired Sewing Projects

If you love everything about the 1970s, then you're sure to fall head over heels for these vintage-inspired sewing projects. We've made sure to hit all the major fashion trends from the 70s, from bell bottoms to flowing dresses to flirty tops. Be sure to let us know which of these projects is your favorite in the comments! 

Dresses Inspired by the Disco Era

The 1970s were all about long silhouettes with clean lines, meaning flowy maxi dresses were hugely popular. Wrap dresses also became popular in the 70s due to fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and her wrap dresses worn by celebrities like Cybill Shepherd and Ali MacGraw. These 70s inspired dress patterns are the perfect way to combine vintage and modern style.

  1. Rhiannon Upcycled Maxi Dress Tutorial - Channel Your Inner Stevie Nicks!

  2. Fun and Flirty Wrap Dress - Reader Fave!

Fun and Flirty 70s Inspired Tops

One shoulder and halter tops were incredibly en vogue in the 1970s and were made popular by movies like Saturday Night Fever and disco culture. The perfect mixture of flirty and classic, these DIY tops to sew are the best way to translate fun vintage style to the fashion trends of today.

  1. Silk Scarf Shirt - Super Flattering Shape! 

  2. Stunning Lace Sweater Refashion - Can't Forget Classic 70s Details!

  3. Oh La La Tank - Great for Warm Summer Days!

Groovy 70s Inspired Accessories

Fabrics like denim and prints like chevrons and florals were everywhere in the 70s, including fabulous DIY accessories like these projects below. Whether you're searching for a vintage-inspired hat, purse, or other fun accessory, you can't go wrong with these easy sewing projects!

  1. Fabric Wrap Belt - Wear with Your Favorite Long Dress!

  2. Ali MacGraw Cloche Hat Pattern - Because You Love the Movie Love Story!

  3. 3 Hour Kimono Pattern - Inspired by 70s Rock Goddesses!

Other Fabulous 1970s Inspired Patterns

If you're searching for even more great 70s inspired patterns, you've come to the right place! These 70s sewing projects include playful ideas for kids, like baby bell bottoms, as well as other vintage projects like fun refashioning ideas. Your journey back to the trendy looks of the 70s is only a few stitches away!

  1. 70s Toddler Jumpsuit - We Love This!

  2. DIY Sleeveless Vest or Jacket - Perfect for Fall and Winter Wear!

  3. 15 Minute Lacy Blazer - Menswear Inspiration + Lace Details = Totally 70s!

What do you love about 70s fashion? Be sure to leave a comment below!

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I loved bellbottoms

I feel like there's a right way and a wrong way to do the '70s. These patterns are the right way! I especially love the dresses and skirts.

Very cool and boho is back in. 3

I like that these patterns don't look like costumes. They look like clothes people now would actually wear.


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