1970s cardi

I am a bit behind on my vintage pledge makes this year, so I decided to use a 1970s pattern to make a quick cardi. The weather is warming up but there are days when you just need a light layer before the sun burns off the clouds, hence the need for this cardigan.


The pattern is one I’ve had for a long, long time and is designed for a woven fabric. However, although it’s a size 12, the sizing is quite small, so I figured I would be fine with the slightly stretchy stuff I chose.


I didn’t use the contrast binding round the edges, and just secured the cardi with a button at the neck. I call it a button, but it only had a single hole in it, so I had to use a bead to fix it on. It looks quite good in my humble opinion!

I bought the fabric eons ago in Queenstown, New Zealand, when we were there skiing, but as usual it’s a remnant so I couldn’t make anything too extravagant from it. It is also extremely diaphanous so needs to be a top layer. DSC05891

Please excuse the background. It turned into a really sunny day and I couldn’t find any shade at all, so this is the tiny scrap of white wall in my house that isn’t adorned with something.


I am quite pleased with it but realise that it doesn’t really do the job as hardly anything I own goes with it! I teamed it with my trousers from so long ago that I’ve forgotten what pattern I used, and a plain brown tank top. I think I feel a plain orange dress coming on…


20 thoughts on “1970s cardi

  1. Lovely, really simple and classic shape. I’ll add this to the Pinterest board but do make sure you add any items you want to the dedicated Pinterest competition board – you can find details on my blog for how to do this

  2. Clever solution for the one hole button! An orange dress sounds perfect and in the interim it looks good with the grey as well as denim, no longer an orphan then 😀

  3. What’s interesting with this kind of multi-coloured sheer fabric is that it will look entirely different depending on the underlying top. Reminds me of a stained-glass window. Love it!

  4. This looks really sweet Sue! I love the print. t looks like a very pretty and useful garment to have, perfect for our early summer evenings. 🙂

  5. I’m looking for just that pattern in a similar fabric in cool tones though. It looks lovely on you. Well, just that kind of pattern really…

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