The fashion craze of the 1970’s was made popular by the most notable music artists of the time, such as ABBA. The era of the flares was short but well remembered. Some people never forgot flares and have continued to embrace the bell bottoms. Much like all trends, they never quite disappear.! But, be ready to find your inner 70’s style as flares are making a return to mainstream fashion!
My choice to make flares did come from some festival goers love to embrace the weird and wonderful fashions found as you wonder around the array of brightly coloured stalls and marquees. But, it also came from my research into the summer trends we are starting to see emerging on the high street, which includes the flare.
I loved finding that flares are coming back as a mainstream fashion. This is because it shows that even fashion and trends are reused and “upcycled” to suit the current audience.
To make my flares I am using mostly Levi jeans, flowery/Hawaiian style shirts, bold patterned tops and skirts and lace dresses/trims. I want my flares to have a hint towards the hippy 70’s vibe which most festivals play a homage to, but also be fun and appropriate for the festival goers of 2019!
To upcycle the Levi’s, I first pick my jeans and a fabric that goes with them. Then I cut two identical triangles of my insertion fabric leaving seam allowance – if the garments have a decent hem I use this edge as the bottom of my triangles, so I have less hemming to do! I then open the outside leg seams of the jeans to the point at which my inserts will start. It is now time to pin and sew! Once the inserts are sewn in I zigzag/edge stitch the seam allowances of the insert and the jeans together. I then re -hem the jeans, and hem the insert if necessary, where it was opened to open the outer leg seam open. Then if I feel it needs it I add trims and appliques.
I went to bearded theory where my flares were on sale. The stall attracted plenty of attention and we sold 5 pairs. Despite the fact that the majority of people looked at the flares without buying them, it was a positive experience to receive so much interest, especially given that the nice weather meant that people were mostly looking at shorts.
Here’s a few of my favourites: