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(Bernina 3 Series) 70's inspired cocktail jumpsuit

Added Nov 23, 2010

by natski

Sydney, Australia






I was inspired by the 70’s after discovering just how many 70’s tie blouses i have in my wardrobe! I like the simplicity in style from the 70’s. Since jumpsuits have been in recent fashion (how great does Gisele look for Versace?!!!) i have always wanted a cocktail jumpsuit to wear out to dinner, weddings etc and thought this was a great opportunity to make one! I have been worried about the fact that most people (ok models) wearing jumpsuits are tall and make them look good- and i’m short and pear shaped- so the outfit needed to be flattering and work for my body shape!!!

Being a novice seamstress, i needed to make sure that my outfit was easy enough for me to undertake and finish in time, but difficult enough for a little bit of a challenge!

Wide leg pants were a must (taken from Vogue pattern V8512) and a blouse type top taken from Vogue Designers series Valentino 2171- yes from the 70’s)- all these patterns i had at home. I added the waist band and cuffs.

The bow was inspired by my tie blouses. I didn’t want to replicate the tie in the top (like the blouses), so i decided to make a detachable bow belt! I made the bow through making a mould with fabric stiffener and some satin, then covered the mould in the pastel green satin.
Even though the jumpsuit looks quite modern, i wanted to make sure the colours reflected the era, thats why i chose the brown (the colour was called ‘fog’) and the pastel green- definately not black as that was not common in the 70’s (mum was my colour consultant!). I will definately use faille again- it was such a lovely material to use and it drapes wonderfully!

I’m not sure about the bow- my mum and sister like the outfit without it, but its a bit of fun and adds to the party feel! I’m sorry about the photos- but i only finished my outfit at night and the flash and house lights were horrible!

Material Notes

Faille, Satin, flannel for waistband interlining




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jun 27, 2011, 05.47 PMby nehozack

    just say no to the bow – its a off color and the puffiness doesn’t go well with the sleek lines of the jumpsuit. Regardless, you did a great job. and thank goodness the jumpsuit has made it another year – they are so fun and sexy!

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    Nov 25, 2010, 02.13 AMby toknowistolove

    Great job! I personally like it without the bow.

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