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GBSB Vintage Tutorial: Be bold with ’60s vibe and colour blocking

Last night saw the contestants take on the swinging 60s, with some fabulous makes in the mix.

In this week’s GBSB Tuesday Tutorial, Simplicity’s sewing expert – Julie Bonnar- shares her top tips for sewing vintage …

The colour blocking trend and the shift dress are as popular today as they were over 50 years ago. Simplicity has revived some of its original patterns from the ’60s for sewers to make today. Make these patterns in fabrics such as light- and medium-weight cotton and cotton blends, double knits and duchess satin.

Colour block combination


Head back to the ’60s with colour blocked panels and collars on this retro dress.


This dress features a contrast neckband and front, optional belt and lined button front coat with collar and pockets.


This Jiffy pattern is simple to make, and uses just two main pattern pieces.


5 tips for colour blocking fabric

  1. Colour blocking is an excellent way to flatter your body shape. Use darker colours at neckline, panels and hemline.
  2. Choose complementary colours for best results like black and white, blue and red.
  3. Select one colour but in different shades for a subtle colour blocking affect.
  4. Use solid colour fabrics only – mixing prints can make a garment old-fashioned.
  5. Make sure whatever garment you choose to make using colour blocking make sure you get a good fit.


Other ‘60s patterns that you might like:


Another super quick pattern with dresses made from two main pattern pieces for a simple-to-sew versatile look.

This vintage pattern features a short or three-quarter sleeve dress with elbow and bust darts and back zipper as well as an unlined coat and vest in two lengths.


Complete the look with a retro-style jacket, blouse, skirt and knit cardigan – all in one pattern.



Gorgeous shift dress pattern designed for Miss or Miss Petite.