How to Make 70s Funk Costumes

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How to Make 70s Funk Costumes
Butterfly collars and wild fabrics were a trademark of 1970s fashion. (disco image by Francis Lempérière from Fotolia.com)

Funky outlandish and happening clothes were a must have in the 1970s. While fashions were outlandish, many of the most popular looks are not completely foreign to today's designs. You can easily achieve the 1970s funk look by retrofitting an existing wardrobe into a funky new one. Simple design elements are common in 1970s clothing, including texturised double knits, butterfly collars and wide-legged trousers. Chunky shoes, natural hair and make-up and flashy jewellery were all common on the disco scene.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Boot cut blue jeans
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing pins
  • 4 yards double knit fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Solid coloured cotton dress shirt
  • Fabric glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a 12-by-12-by-6-inch triangle up all four side seams on a pair of boot cut jeans that you've turned inside out. The base of the triangle should be even with the hem line.

  2. 2

    Cut four large triangles that measure 12-by-12-by-20 inches out of double knit fabric.

  3. 3

    Sew around the edges of the double knit with a zigzag stitch.

  4. 4

    Pin the double knit so that the printed side of the knit faces the wrong side of the jean fabric.

  5. 5

    Sew the double knit to the jeans with a 5/8-inch seam. It is not necessary to hem the bottom of the double knit fabric.

  1. 1

    Measure the bottom triangular portion of the collar on a cotton dress shirt. Use this measurement to elongate the collar length.

  2. 2

    Mark a section of double knit fabric that measures the same width as the triangular section of the collar. Your new collar should be the same width as the existing collar, but about 2 inches longer.

  3. 3

    Cut two double knit triangle collar sections. Glue the fabric onto the top of the existing collar.

  4. 4

    Remove the existing hem of your dress shirt. Cut the bottom section of the shirt so that it is completely straight across.

  5. 5

    Measure the bottom of the shirt and cut a 3-inch wide section of double knit that measures the length of the shirt plus 1 inch.

  6. 6

    Pin the right side of the double knit onto the wrong side of the shirt tail. Sew the knit into place. Make all your seams on the underside of the material. Hem the bottom of the shirt with a 5/8-inch hem.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear platform shoes or clogs with your 1970s outfit.
  • Select viscose rayon, cotton, double knit and regular knit fabrics for 1970s funk designs.
  • A-line dresses, hot trousers and miniskirts were also fashion icons of the 1970s.
  • Purchase vintage double knit fabric from garage sales or thrift stores.

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