Once again I am sewing along with Project Sewn, and this week it’s time for an 80s flashback! You can go here to see everyone’s outfits and vote for your favorite 🙂 I grew up in the 80s and have fond memories of neon, lace, parachute pants, mini skirts…so this was a fun week for me! And then, as I was on my way to take a few quick photos of my outfit, I saw THIS:Chewie Van!!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? I busted a quick illegal u-turn and set up my tripod for some photos before the owner showed up. I was giddy with excitement over Chewie Van!! The first Star Wars movie came out in the 70s, but the next two came out in the 80s. My family was all about Star Wars, I remember having R2D2 underoos and lots of the action figures.“Is this your van?”
So, on to the details…I wanted to make an outfit that was inspired by the 80s, but didn’t look like an 80s costume. I mean, who wants to go to all that work to make something you’ll never wear? So, I decided to make a denim mini skirt and a bright lacy t-shirt. I may not wear them together often, but separately I think they’ll do just fine.
The skirt is another Grainline Moss Skirt, and the fabric is a stretchy, super dark denim. I topstitched it all jeans style- I went all out and bought jeans thread and topstitching needles, which worked great! But I’m not gonna lie, I did rip out and redo a few of those seams! Here’s a close up of the front:
And the back:
Now the shirt! Of course I used my trusty Briar pattern, what did you expect? I wanted to add some lace to this super bright turquoise jersey fabric, so my first thought was to do a lace pocket. And then I puzzled over different ways to add some more in the back and came up with the idea to do a lace yoke.
I tried on another finished Briar shirt and figured out how far down I wanted the lace to go, which turned out to be about 6″ down from the shoulder seam. I cut the pattern piece straight across at that point, added seam allowances, sewed the lace upper piece to the knit bottom piece and then just proceeded as normal for the rest of the construction. Easy! I’d like to try it again with different contrasting fabrics, I think it is a fun effect!
If you like my 80s outfit it would be totally rad if you jumped on over to vote for me in the Project Sewn sew along! 🙂