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Eighties Avant-garde Atrocity

Added Jun 15, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






This is a jumper/shirt combo I made from Vogue 9128, a vintage pattern from the early Eighties recently voted “The Ugliest Pattern Ever” on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness. The jumper is oversized and shapeless and the shirt has shoulder pads out to THERE. My glamorous identical cousin Cathy was none too pleased to have to model it!


Material Notes

I used a striped cotton shirting with a silver stripe for the shirt and a glen plaid blend for the jumper.




Garment Type

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    Feb 7, 2012, 10.08 AMby buddingnaturalist

    Heeheeheehee. You laugh but there are indie designers in Melbourne selling these things for upwards of $200 a pop.

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    Feb 3, 2011, 01.28 PMby Josephine Demontis

    Err hmm yeah…! The Black & White one is very Comme des Garcon, Junya Watanabe!

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    Jun 19, 2010, 11.15 AMby nenasew

    Unfortunately, I think the potato sack look is still in. I see people wearing big shapeless dresses like this all the time. I need to stop hanging out at Walmart. LOL. Thanks for brightening my morning. btw, so funny the look on the kids faces on the 5th picture. I dont think they approve of the multiple ties.

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    Jun 17, 2010, 05.35 PMby varenoea

    Holy WTF… and they always say everybody was on drugs in the 70s! This dress must be the effect of the giant hangover that followed in the early 80s. XD

    But I love the shoes. They look very 1920s-like!

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    Jun 17, 2010, 01.19 PMby nutmeg1

    I love the kids in the background of the 4th pic, like “What the…?”

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    Jun 16, 2010, 08.55 PMby twoboos

    What was Cathy thinking? this does nothing for her figure…

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      Jun 16, 2010, 11.02 PMby Peter Lappin

      It’s perfect if you’re feeling a little fat! LOL

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    Jun 16, 2010, 04.21 PMby eugeniaofthewasps

    You always start my day off right! Coffee and Cathy!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 11.34 AMby suzetewilliams

    Wow, I remember these from back when I had a waist and wasn’t afraid of not showing it. Lol Love it Peter! Your stuff always put a smile on my face. The photography and modelling is also awesome. My friend Anne loved your stuff and I’ll tell her to take a look at this one too. Hope to see more soon. I hope we don’t put too much pressure on you to make more… :-)

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      Jun 16, 2010, 12.54 PMby Peter Lappin

      Not at all. Hope this one hasn’t given you indigestion!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 04.45 AMby adeleg

    Haha – that is awesome! Your approach is so refreshing and funny! Did they really wear that back in the 80’s? Yikes

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      Jun 16, 2010, 11.00 AMby Peter Lappin

      I was there and it’s a distant memory, but I think so! ;)

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      Jun 16, 2010, 11.36 AMby suzetewilliams

      We did and you know it! lol. There were worst things in the 80s… permed hair and shoulder pads that robbed you of a neck. :-)

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.53 AMby micbrown

    Maybe a skinny yellow leather tie (like on the pattern envelope) would make the ensemble work? It is so eighties!

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      Jun 16, 2010, 11.00 AMby Peter Lappin

      Yes, yes…next time!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.29 AMby 6kidsathome

    Oh my goodness! I just found the original dress that the eighties one is fashioned from.http://www.marquise.de/potm_archiv/okt2006.shtml

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.02 AMby 6kidsathome

    Wow do you think you might try to recreate it into a better look for Cathy??

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      Jun 16, 2010, 11.01 AMby Peter Lappin

      She’s insists on being as historically accurate as possible. Go figure! ;)

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    Jun 15, 2010, 09.16 PMby Olivia Anne

    haha this is fantastic

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    Jun 15, 2010, 07.53 PMby emily-marie

    So wrong… but yet SO right! More people need to adopt your sense of humor regarding sewing. I for one love some ugly for ugly’s sake!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.34 PMby wackyblonde

    Oh my, that is a hot mess isn’t it?

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.22 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    you’re killing me. slaying me. omg, this is hilarious!!! was that the true original size?? it’s clownlike!! although i’m sure if i looked hard enough, i’d find a pic from back in the day of my mom rocking something like that. oy, the shoulder pads!!! my favorite part is the look on the faces of the kids behind you, i mean your identical cousin cathy, in the park.

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      Jun 15, 2010, 02.32 PMby Peter Lappin

      Yes, yes, it’s a 36" chest (size 14 pattern).

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.16 PMby Jodi Wade

    Hehehe! Cathy is very brave.

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      Jun 15, 2010, 02.32 PMby Peter Lappin

      You’re not kidding!

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    Jun 15, 2010, 02.09 PMby ellie-sew

    Great pictures and fancy play to the gallery! Just makes me laugh.:-)

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