80's Like You Mean It

Added May 22, 2013


Brisbane, Australia






This outfit is my entry for week three of sewing competition Project Sewn. The theme was 80’s and I was inspired to make an ensemble that I could wear again as separates, to non 80’s themed events preferably.

I wanted to do this juicy floral ponte knit justice and make a pair of skinny pants with the fit and feel of leggings but look of a jean. I started with Burda 7214 and found it a great guide to use for my first attempt at ‘real’ pants…zipper fly, front & back pockets, belt loops and yoke. I tapered the legs for slimmer fit, resized and moved the back pockets (to actually sit on my butt not underneath it!) and took a huge wedge out of the back. Just for fun, I added quilted knee pads with a chevron pattern. For my peplum top I used a merino wool double knit and based it loosely on this pattern. Of course I had to add some suitably 80’s pleated sleeves and a chunky exposed metal zip at the back, for some spunk!

Check out all the entries and vote for your fav 80’s get-up at Project Sewn. And if it were mine, that would be just like, the raddest!
More details and pics on the blog

Material Notes

Ponte Knit + Merino Double knit




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Punk, Rock, Vintage
Knits/Jersey, Wool

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    Jun 1, 2013, 03.22 AMby ink

    Your TITLE is awesome!…… Wait…was awesome an eighties term!

    You look fantastic. Shoulders are uber fantastic. Very ninety nine luft balloons.

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    May 22, 2013, 10.01 PMby vestiphobia

    You look fantastic in 80s :)

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    May 22, 2013, 11.10 AMby Anniemollison

    I love it!

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    May 22, 2013, 10.41 AMby cris orange

    80s but also very modern again

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    May 22, 2013, 10.05 AMby liliv-1

    Oh! Very 80s reallly! great job!

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