I got this stack of 70s craft magazines in a junk shop in Devizes a few years ago. That place was amazing, a multi-floored cavern of junk. It’s gone now, I think. Here’s some photos.There’s the usual ultra-cheesy raffia work projects and crocheted plant holders and so on, but the clothes patterns are actually mostly pretty nice, which is why I bought the magazines. What I’ve scanned is a mix of nice things and weird stuff though. I also couldn’t scan double page spreads very easily, because the binding on the magazines is dodgy, and I didn’t want to pull them about too much in case they broke. These issues are from 1972 and 1973. I have another issue from 1976, but it’s printed on much cheaper paper (the paper quality wasn’t sterling to begin with) and the contents are pretty dull.

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I really like this style of illustration.

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This is the early 70s idea of “narrow trousers”. Also probably of “quiet trousers”.

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I have this dress dummy, it’s ubiquitous on ebay in the UK. It’s rubbish. Mine’s in cm only, which is annoying, because dress-making is still done in inches here.

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Whoever bought this originally lived at Abbey Gardens, and had some felt tips that needed testing.

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Electric scissors sound very alarming.

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“Crochet your own poncho suit” is possibly the most 70s thing ever. It’s a beige woolen poncho, with matching beige trousers.

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YEAH! MY VERY OWN POTATO!!!!

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