A good friend of ours is having his 50th birthday party in December...with a disco theme. Oh yes! Now don't worry, I'm not going to come over all mid-life crisis and turn up in full spandex tights and boob tube, I'd just like to make some kind of fabulous evening top to wear with skinny trousers and heels. Maybe with a hint of Studio 54 about it. Although the late 1970's is not really one of my favourite eras style-wise, I do think there's something utterly, utterly glamorous about the fashions.
Amidst all the slashed-to-the-waist dresses and transparent blouses, I also found this top/tunic worn by Farrah Fawcett. It still says disco to me and is a bit more age appropriate!
Let's just take a moment to admire that guy's perm!!
Back to Farrah's top…. it is quite voluminous so I won't try and totally replicate it, but I'll use it as inspiration for a modern day version. I did find a vintage Halston pattern from the 1970's that looked promising but I've decided to use something that I know fits me well.
The Anita Tie Top from Sew Over It Vintage is what I have in mind: it's drafted to my measurements and is already adjusted to be slightly slimmer fitting than the original. I'll need to lengthen it by a good few inches (which I forgot to do with my first version, hence the shorter length). And possibly widen the neck for an off-the-shoulder look.
For fabric I'll be using a remnant of luxury crepe left over from my Big Vintage Sewalong dress - I love the colour and the drape is perfect. If it still doesn't have enough disco-ness about it once it's sewn, then I may make it again in gold or silver! Let's see how the first version turns out - and how brave I'm feeling! What do you think? 50th disco party-appropriate or mutton dressed as lamb (I can take it!) Any other pointers on late 70's disco glamour ?
I'll leave you with this effortless moustache and boots combo. Have a good day! x