Back in the mid-1970s, Simplicity put out a small line of sewing patterns to make tops or shorts using one yard, or less, fabric. The shorts are in the short shorts category, of course (seeing as how one yard doesn't go that far !) and a variety of summer tops. I'd say these patterns, based on the pictures, were marketed for teens, or the younger at heart (and great legs wouldn't hurt). These patterns were not only the height of fashions in the mid 1970s, the certainly are not out of fashion for todays standards.
Here's a few examples -
Simplicity 6946 - One Yard Shorts
Simplicity 7547 - One Yard Separates
Simplicity 6902 - One Yard Tops
Simplicity 5511 - A variety of One Yard Short Shorts (Sold)
You can see additional details on these patterns by clicking the link over the pictures. I'm sure there are additional patterns in the series that could be found by a Google search and I'd suggest a search over a Vintage Patterns Wikia as well.
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