Perusing through my old August 1971 issue of Seventeen magazine, I found a Betsey Johnson goldmine! Betsey started out as a “funky kid” designer at Paraphernalia , then joined Alley Cat in 1970. She turned out one smash-hit collection after another for Alley Cat, as well as being part owner of the New York boutique, Betsey, Bunky & Nini. In any event, Betsey’s designs were whimsical, fun, bright, and meant for personal expression. Needless to say, Betsey Johnson was one of my favorite designers of the 1970s. My mom sewed me many an outfit from the Betsey Johnson of Alley Cat “Young Designer” sewing patterns from Butterick. I always loved wearing Betsey’s designs – I felt kicky and happy!
Brightly colored flannel from Turkey made into a squarish super warm wrap jacket and big flare skirt. Pakistani boots. So FAB! I always loved Betsey’s little drawings and sayings that decorated her ads.
As Betsey says, “Wishing you all happy days and nights.” 😀 ~Marilyn