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Seven Fabrics For Sixties Style

Psychedelic prints, oversized floral designs and bright clashing colours perfectly depict the sixties. As hemlines grew shorter, fabric choices became bolder! The simplified shape of this decade’s style meant fashionistas experimented with flamboyant pattern and colour choices – not to mention different types of fabric. Did you know in 1966 American twenty-somethings went through a faze of wearing paper dresses, underwear and perhaps the most shocking, raincoats?




Photo Shape Editor: prints were paramount in the 1960s. From monochrome, optical-illusion style designs to simple squares, circles and chevron patterns, this fabric choice was popular for a range of sixties shapes – most commonly, the mini skirt!

[fabric credit: Cloud 9 Fabrics]







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Eye-popping fuchsia and zingy orange were frequently used colour choices among young British designers such as Mary Quant and Biba. Coupled with a bold, overlapping floral print and a hemline that skimmed the thigh, you had yourself a typical shift dress.

[fabric credit: Rowan Spring for the Kaffe Fassett Collective at Coats]






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As popular as bright colours were in the 1960s, a typical palette of black and white also graced most fashionista’s wardrobes. Brighten your attire with accent hues of pink, blue and yellow or team with bold accessories such as bangles or shoes.

[fabric credit: Til The Sun Goes Down]








Photo Shape Editor: colours intertwined in busy patterns were loved by the young ‘It’ girls of the decade. Make like Nancy Sinatra and stitch a fabulously bright fabric into a daring miniskirt which you can wear with a pair of knee length boots!

[fabric credit: Rowan Spring for the Kaffe Fassett Collective at Coats]






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Cool blue was another popular colour option during the swinging sixties. Multiple hues of the bright shade were often teamed with pops of yellow and dashes of neutral colours making it a great option for those in their thirties and over.
[fabric credit: Fabric Godmother]








Photo Shape Editor: patterns and psychedelic designs were made famous in this era. Often worn as evening attire in the form of hotpants or daringly short skirts, give this sixties-inspired fabric a modern twist by stitching a blazer and shorts coords set or a simple shift dress.
[fabric credit: Til The Sun Goes Down]









Photo Shape Editor: sixties fabrics are available and are great for creating authentic designs. Why not head to The Vintage Fabric Market to purchase vintage textiles and retro accessories? Team this with an original Simplicity pattern to be the ultimate sixties siren!

[fabric credit: The Vintage Fabric Market]







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