Added Nov 9, 2008
Up until just recently, I’ve been allergic to 70s fashion.
But we watched Love Story on DVD a couple of weeks ago, and while in a weakened, weepy state, fashion-brain obviously seized upon the notion of bringing Jennifer back by channelling the pants.
I found a vintage pattern for a pair, but actually if YOU want to make some, my suggestion is just use a normal jeans pattern- I’m sure Anita would work- and you can draft the lower leg into a bell-bottom.
If you use a vintage pattern from the LATE 70s as I did, you’ll find the waist on them is a half-inch above belly-button height, which I remember was once absolutely standard (pre- Ford and McQueen), and must have been what I was wearing right through the 80s-early 90s, but it feels WEIRD! I’m torn on whether I think it’s a Good Look or a Bad Look… maybe it’s neither exactly, just one of those things you’re used to or you’re not. Being an early-70s movie, Ali McGraw’s waists in Love Story were lower, more what we’re used to these days, and what I had in mind for these pants.
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