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Knit Maxi Dress [1973]


Long dresses have come back into style recently.  A quick search of the term “maxi dress” comes up with near-countless stores offering the long lengths in many styles and colors.  Thankfully, the cut and fabric is now much better than it was the last time such dresses were popular.

And thankfully, knitting your maxi dress is no longer necessary.

This gem was found in the Fall/Winter 1973-74 issue of McCall’s Needlework & Crafts. With her slippers and really old book, the model is settling in for a night of badly-lit reading.  Or entertaining Aunt Flo.  The plunging knit neckline dares to call out that she is kind of young, kind of now – “Charlie!” The iron cauldron above the hearth is locked down once more, cleaned and dried after the last initiation.  The hard-wood rocking chair is sure to create unparalleled back spasms after 45 minutes – time enough to get through the first chapter and grab a hot toddy.

Knit in a base of green, her wearable couch throw is adorned in the whimsical colors of a candy box.

This mating can only come from a decade which already represents so many of our styling debacles.  The gold about her neck shines against the spotlights above her kitchen counter, and snags the yarn with ease.  Lapels a-plenty are a classy accessory, certainly shiny and stretchy in a way only polyester can move.  Her makeup and hair are done to the final detail, telling her man that this book can be laid down and her matching coat is waiting in the hall closet.  Are the colors of this maxi dress Christmas-like?  Maybe.  Is the maxi dress warm?  Probably, to the point that the fire at her back is probably making her itch.  Will her husband take her to the steak house in her new threads?

Not on your life.

Knit Knightmares – Mini Dress from Space [1970]

Knit Knightmares - Mini Dress from Space [1970]

If Persis Khambatta and Kate Beckinsale had a Seventies Supermodel sister, this probably would not have been her crowing moment…

Inspired By The Japanese

From McCall’s 1970-71 Winter Issue

The delicacy of traditional Japanese painting balances sturdy simplicity of furnishing in handsome, functional entryway.  Setting by Mario Marques.

Three demure ladies are depicted in style inspired by Edo period (about 1600-1850) of Japanese art.  Our painting technique, however, is very contemporary: patterns are placed under a transparent white lining fabric, then traced with tube paints.  Crosshatch lines fill in the solid areas.  Varnished oak frames, 21 3/4″ x 30″, are accented with enamel, two yarn tassels.

Low bench holds cushion, with enough space left over for convenient end table.  Black enamel accent enhances natural oak of varnished top.  Bench, about 16″ x 39″, stand 13″ high.  Japanese Bench, page 214.

Bench cushion’s basket-weave design echoes floor pattern of paintings.  Needle-point is worked with combination of continental and upright gobelin stitches; tapestry yarn and 10-mesh-to-inch canvas are from D.M.C Cushion, measuring 13 1/2″ x 23 1/4″, fits into recessed section of bench top.

Princess telephone, N.Y. Telephone Co.; Fabric for pictures courtesy Sibonne; Photos, William Benedict


Good Friends and Warm Sweaters

Two Warm Sweaters and a Cold One

Jim and Jennifer warm up with their friend Tristan, who is currently appearing in the Off-Broadway rendition of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.


McCall’s Winter 1970-71 issue

One Snag Away from Ruin

McCalls Winter 70-71 Coordinates

Catch that long yarn jacket on the corner of a 1971 Chrysler car door, and you can win the bet that it will either unravel or leave it with a loop big enough to function as a handgun holster.  Extra points for the white belt and the tassels at the bottom of the skirt.


McCall’s Winter 1970-71 Issue



The hand-made decorative purses are quite imaginative.  The “Age Of Chivalry” purse looks like it would weigh a ton.

But the truth is they would all be far more noticeable if I could get my attention off her shiny racetrack hair.

The Finish Line

Using the traditional symbol of winning, she draws attention of the fast-paced champion with her checkerboard shawl – summoning him and all followers to the impending doom of a narrow lane flanked with trees.

“Follow me boys…to eternity.”


Photo from McCall’s Winter 1970-71 Issue

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