How to make your own hippie clothes from a hassle-free pattern book

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How to make your own hippie clothes from a hassle-free pattern book
Use basic patterns to make hippie clothing with funky prints and patterns. (happy hippie image by Ingrid Walter from

Basic patterns for quick sewing projects are usually included in sewing books. Designers gear these books to specific trends, such as retro hippie styles. The patterns usually consist of silhouettes that are assembled with straight stitching such as side seams. Measurement size charts are also included, along with multiple pattern sizes like small, medium and large, as well as sizes 8, 10 and 12. Pattern sizes are differentiated by thick outlines, which are often colour-coded or have markings indicating each size. The styles are also geared for embellishment with hippie-influenced trims.

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Things you need

  • Fabric (your choice)
  • Teflon paper
  • Iron
  • Sharp paper scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Serger machine
  • Sewing machine
  • Trims (your choice)

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    Choose the appropriate fabric for the hippie style. Hippie-style pattern books usually include patterns for basic silhouettes such as a vest, T-shirt and a pull-on flared-bottom pant. For instance, if you are making a vest, choose a fabric that was used in hippie-geared styling, such as corduroy or denim, as well as knitted fabrics like Sherpa or polar fleece. This pattern generally requires 1 to 2 m (1 to 2 yards) of fabric, depending on your size. The pattern most likely also includes trim ideas like decorative zigzag stitching, extended length fringe, appliqués or beading.

    How to make your own hippie clothes from a hassle-free pattern book
    Pull threads along an unfinished raw seam and fray the denim for a fringelike finish. (denim background image by Adam Borkowski from
  2. 2

    Open the included patterns on your work table. The patterns are generally located in a paper pocket at the book's back cover.

  3. 3

    Cover the crease patterns with Teflon paper and lightly iron. Certain patterns have deep creases, which causes the patterns to bunch up and prevents proper pinning.

  4. 4

    Cut out your desired size along the size scale's outline with sharp paper scissors. Refer to the included measurement size chart and select your size. Each outline has separate notches, which are markings made onto the pattern for alignment. The markings are transferred onto the fabric parts and used as a stitching guide to align specific areas. For instance, the front and back of the sleeve are differentiated by one notch for the front sleeve and two notches for the back sleeve. The front panel's armhole contain front and back notches allowing the sewer to pin the sleeve appropriately for maximum fit and ease. Transfer the notches onto the fabric with tailor's chalk.

  5. 5

    Pin the cut patterns to your selected fabric with straight pins. These patterns include a grain line, which is a vertical or horizontal line with arrows. This line indicates the correct direction to pin the pattern onto the fabric. For example, if you are making a hippie "Flower Girl" draped tunic, certain sleeve patterns are generally cut on the bias to enable the fabric to naturally drape when stitched.

  6. 6

    Cut out the pinned pattern parts with fabric scissors to ensure smooth seam lines.

  7. 7

    Machine-stitch the garment with a serger or sewing machine. Knitted hippie styles such as T-shirts or flared bottom pull-on trousers are generally constructed with an overlock or serger machine.

  8. 8

    Embellish the garments with hippie-influenced trims. For instance, if you are making the "Flower Girl" tunic from Step 5, stitch daisy taping onto the yoke or iron on heat-seal flowers. If you are making the flared pull-on pant from Step 7, stitch 5 cm (2 inch) width decorative taping around the bottom hem. If you are making the vest from Step 1, stitch beaded fringe trim around the armhole or hem.

    How to make your own hippie clothes from a hassle-free pattern book
    Embellish the hippie clothing with funky trims like beaded fringe. (fringe image by Vita Vanaga from

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