Workbasket Magazine- 1970’s DIY Fashions on the Cheap

The Workbasket – September 1978

The Workbasket was a needlework and craft magazine which had a wholesome beginning. The first issue was published in October 1935 by husband and wife John and Clara Tillotson who created it on their kitchen table. They mailed women postcard invitations to join “Aunt Ellen’s Needlework Club”. By 1966, they had 2 million subscribers and used fancy IBM computers at their Kansas City HQ.

Sadly, after 61 years, the publication went belly up in 1996. But their memory lives on at Retrohound. Let’s have a look at some delightfully tacky do-it-yourself fashions from their 1970’s issues.

Beware of denim based pyramid schemes.

As you can probably imagine, the magazine was geared toward the “older” market, with lots of ads for hearing aids and orthopedic shoes.

Yep. There’s no mistaking The Workbasket for a Cosmo or GQ magazine.

I’m still waiting for the tabard to make a comeback. I may be waiting a while though – it took from the Middle Ages to the 1970’s for the fashion to cycle back.

Of all the terrible fashions to come out of the seventies, the high-waisted, flared bottom polyester slacks for women may be the absolute worst.

Are you kidding me? I would have been bullied, wedgied, swirlied, you name it – had I shown up wearing this tabard monstrosity.

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