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Date: 8/30/13 1:07 PM

Looking for patterns for bell bottom pants, jumpsuits for 70's costumes for family. Any suggestions? I just see pirates, fairy, historical costumes. Thanks!!

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Date: 8/30/13 3:20 PM

They are retro / vintage clothing not costumes Ebay and etsy have a lot of them. Use the phrase "bell bottom pants pattern".

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Date: 8/31/13 6:34 AM

To make the original bell bottoms, before the mfg.'s started making them for us, we slit the side seams of our jeans and inserted gussets to the knee. After they started manufacturing them, we did the same to make the big bells.
you could go to Goodwill, and buy some jeans, and extra pairs to make the gussets, and make your own, accurate bell bottoms. Especially if you buy boot cut or flares.
Decorate with patches as you please. (my husband had a pair that had more patches than denim left)




use straight denim for the guys
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Some had inserts on both the inseam and outseam


P.S. Don't forget Indian shirts, ponchos and tie-dye t shirts, vests, esp leather, fringe on anything, headbands, feathers, beads, shells etc.
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AND flowers!!!!
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Date: 8/31/13 8:55 AM

Thanks I will look for those patterns.

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Date: 8/31/13 8:57 AM

Thanks for the pictures of the jeans with gussets. That's great. I think I will have to try that. Then I won't have to make the pants from scratch. Wonder if there is a tutorial somewhere out there.

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Date: 8/31/13 9:45 AM

You do not need a tutorial, just cut a long triangle that fits the opening, and hem it on a curve.

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Date: 8/31/13 3:43 PM

In addition to DIY bell bottoms, we also made long skirts by taking apart the inseams and bottom of the crotch seam on jeans and inserting triangles of printed cotton fabric back and front. I don't remember detailed how-to, but I've seen tutorials recently. If I get a chance, I'll find one and edit to give links.

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Subject: Patterns for 70s costumes Date: 9/1/13 2:32 PM

For some creative inspiration,watch some Abba videos on you tube.

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Date: 9/2/13 3:52 PM

Gusset:2inches at the top, 6 to 9 inches at the bottom, depending on how big you want the bell. Length is determined by the pant leg plus seam allowance and hem. HTH
About.com has a tutorial with illustrations.

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Date: 9/7/13 9:11 AM

Great thanks!

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