What does a cute travel print have in common with the trend for dressing up like Granny? Except that these just happened to inhabit the fashion sphere for a brief time in the mid to late 1960s, not a whole lot. But then there was the beginning sewer who decided to combine the two into a confusing garment of mixed messages. Was the girl a jet-setting globe-trotter, or a stay-at-home-warm-by-the-open-wood-fire pioneer gal? But the 60s were full of such contradictions, and so were we, the girls who were working toward a style identity during a time when style was overshadowed by fads and anti-fashion.
The pattern is from 1966, and it too tries to make a marriage between modern and traditional. Just as the Mod look hit the USA, another look emerged, the “Granny” look, with its loose smocked dresses and ditsy calico prints. Even aprons were becoming a fashion item with the young – just as their mothers were discarding them as unnecessary. I can remember making one from the instructions in a teen magazine, around 1968. Funny, but I don’t remember wearing it, though.
And this one was never worn either. In fact, it was never finished. But it was meant to be long and ruffly and the exact opposite of the sleek clothing actually portrayed in the print. The clothes shown in the print actually are more 1963 than 1968, but the colors are pure late 60s, with the bright orange, pink, turquoise and yellow.
This 1960s globe-trotter print is much more diverse than the earlier versions in my possession. Here we have Montreal, Munich,Madrid, Dublin, Bermuda, Nice and Oslo joining the usual destinations of Paris, Rome and New York. I’m trying to decide which one is the warmest, as that is where I’d like to be headed!