October 14, 2020

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1980s Fashion Trends - Designers Scrapbook

We've put together the ultimate resource guide to recreating the quintessential fashion favorites of the 1980s for your 18-inch doll such as American Girl®. For more inspiration, be sure to check out our other style guides such as our 1970s Fashions Style Guide.

Giveaway Alert: Scroll to the bottom of the page to enter our $50 Pixie Faire Gift card giveaway!

We all know trends come in cycles, and we'll likely see the puffed sleeves, scrunchies, and "fold-over jeans" of the 80s come back in style once again very soon! But with the newest release of the 1986 Historical character, Courtney Moore™ from American Girl® that trend has laready hit the doll clothes fashion world! 

What better way to reflect on this fashion era than through the eyes and memories of Pixie Faire designers! I think many of us are still in shock that this is considered a historical time period - thanks American Girl! But seriously, here's a fun look at eighties fashions in all their glory!

Key features that are so fun to play around with in design are:

  • Bold Bright Colors
  • Pleated Jeans, With High Waists, Fold-over Waistbands, and Contrasting Colors
  • Acid Washed Denim, Spandex, and Leg Warmers
  • Bold Prints and Wide Stripes
  • Ruffled Accents, Big and Small 
  • Large Collars and even Larger Puffy Sleeves
  • Fun Accessories Like Suspenders, Big Sunglasses, and Roller Skates

Find the entire collection of 1980s Patterns For 18-inch Dolls on Pixie Faire. 

Go deeper and create the ultimate 1980s wardrobe for your doll by joining the fun in Sewing With Cinnamon! This month's topic includes member-exclusive pattern hack videos and tutorials to build on this theme. Check it out HERE.

The 1980s Trend - Big Puffy Sleeves

 

One prominent design element that was hard to miss was large puffed sleeves, followed closely by bubble skirts too! We saw this style worn by young and old, on dresses and tops, made in satin and calico - the possibilities were endless! Featured above you can see them modeled by Pixie Faire Designers: Donna Kinley (DKinley Designs), Rebecca Bocock (Crafty Lil' Turkey), Shari Fuller (Thimbles and Acorns), and sisters Cinnamon & Terah (Liberty Jane and Lilie Stone).

Recreate this look with these great 18 inch doll clothes patterns:

Awesome 80s Party Dress 18 Inch Doll Clothes Pattern Eden Ava 80s Puffed Sleeve Joy Top 18 Inch Doll Clothes Pattern Pixie Faire 

 

1980s Dresses - Did Someone Say Gunne Sax?

If you weren't into the "rocker" scene, then prairie style dresses were all the rage! This softer side of the eighties was made iconic with the brand "Gunne Sax" which had long been in business but in the 80s the label's prairie, Victorian, and Edwardian-styled designs became so popular and featured prominent elements such as lace, gingham, and calico. Pictured above modeling this lovely fashion style: Cinnamon (LJC), Donna (DKinley Designs), Peggy's Daughter (Frog PRincess Fashions), and Margie (LMM).

Recreate this look with these great 18 inch doll clothes patterns:

   

 

1980s Big Bold Stripes

Wide stripes, big stripes, brightly hued stripes - pretty much any stripe will do! Get creative and use your striped fabic to recreate a variety of vibrant 80s looks! PS. Don't you think Shari (Thiumbles and Acorns) and Margie (Little Miss Muffett) represent this style perfectly?
Recreate this look with these great 18 inch doll clothes patterns:
  

 

80s Trend - Collar Details and Plaid Fabrics!

Plaid fabrics and ruffled trims were all the rage in the 80s too! This look can be found in a variety of styles, from the classic button-up shirt, to an elegant wedding dress (shirtdress style). These designers look pretty fabulous here too! Donna (DKinley Designs), Peggy (Frog Princess Fashions), Cinnamon, and Margie (Little Miss Muffett)

Create this look withthese patterns for 18-inch dolls, add a ruffle to the cuffs, collars, necklines, to bring them the 80s flair!

  

 

80s Awesome Accessories

These shoes and accessories are the perfect way to add a hint of the 1980s to an outfit, or to go the extra mile and create an authentic look. We don't have a sunglasses pattern on Pixie Faire, but these designers sure did represent this style well, don't you agree? Elizabeth (Ladybug Doll Quilts), Peggy (Frog Princess Fashions) , and Cinnamon (Liberty Jane).

Add 80s flair with these great 18 inch doll accessory patterns:

  

 

1980s Bright Colors and Fun Styles

Bold bright colors are what stood out most in the 80s! Neon took center stage, followed closely by hot pink, turquoise, purple, and yellow. It's all about creating a contrast or highlighing the unique geometric shapes and designs through color! These cute shots capture the colors and styles perfectly, pictured are: Cinnamon (LJC), Rebecca Bocock (Craftyl Lil' Tiukey), and Terah Lites (Lilie Stone).

Recreate these looks and others that capture this idea with these 18 inch doll clothes patterns:

  

 There's so much more that we didn't cover here! Be sure to check out our full 1980s Fashions Collection to exlore all the great deigns available to recreate the ultimate 80s wardrobe for your 18-inch dolls!

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85 Comments

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

October 14, 2020

Big Hair, bright colors, big sweaters and Lace and ruffles.

Sue
Sue

October 14, 2020

Lace, Gingham and Calico for sure.

Amy S
Amy S

October 14, 2020

Scrunchies!

Pat
Pat

October 14, 2020

Wore a lot of stripes & bright colors!

Lori
Lori

October 14, 2020

I loved the lace and femine styles of the Gunne Sax dresses.

Maretta
Maretta

October 14, 2020

Definitely lace.

Shasta
Shasta

October 14, 2020

The accessories! Thank you!

Bridgette
Bridgette

October 14, 2020

I like the accessories!

kathy
kathy

October 14, 2020

I loved the prairie style dresses. I hated the big stripes.

Cindy
Cindy

October 14, 2020

Gingham and calico! Thank you for the giveaway!

Bridgette Shippy
Bridgette Shippy

October 14, 2020

I like a lot of the styles! Thank you!

Renée
Renée

October 14, 2020

Not a fan of 80s styles, except maybe some Gunne Sax. I am a fan of Pixie Faire and would love a gift certificate!

Ma
Ma

October 14, 2020

Puffy sleeves! And big bows! Although both seem to be back in style now!

Michelle
Michelle

October 14, 2020

Prairie style! I used to make all of my own clothes and I loved making them in that style for myself. Now I get to make it for the dolls.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

October 14, 2020

Not a big fan of 80’s, but I did like the bright colors.

Kim
Kim

October 14, 2020

Loved the BIG hair.

Heather
Heather

October 14, 2020

I love the roller skates! They really take me back to my youth. :)

Heather
Heather

October 14, 2020

I loved (and wore) the prairie dresses!

Shasta Shippy
Shasta Shippy

October 14, 2020

It’s so hard to choose!🤷‍♀️

DellaSue Sheline
DellaSue Sheline

October 14, 2020

With teaching and taking care of two little girls, I don’t remember much of the 80’s!

Sandra
Sandra

October 14, 2020

Loved the big slouch socks! And leg warmers!

Kimberly Chidsey
Kimberly Chidsey

October 14, 2020

I would say probably the jelly shoes stick out in my mind the most. I remember collecting as many colors I could and how they rubbed blisters in our sweaty summer feet but we didn’t care because it was all in the name of fashion!

Sherry
Sherry

October 14, 2020

My youngest daughter was born in 1980. From early on, she was crazed about jelly shoes, especially with “high” heels. We hosted girls from Belfast ,Northern Ireland from 1980-1987. They also loved the jelly shoes. Now my daughter buys them for our granddaughter.

Judith Martinez
Judith Martinez

October 14, 2020

I probably have the most fondness for the gunne sax trend. In the early 90’s I hit the Gunne Sax outlet in Huntington Beach to buy my wedding dress.

Mary Gatto
Mary Gatto

October 14, 2020

Loved the oversized shirts – lots of pics in these.

Suzanne Walker
Suzanne Walker

October 14, 2020

I had my mom make me a gunni sac dress for picture day. It had a small brown print and lace ruffles. I thought I was so stylish!

Karen
Karen

October 14, 2020

I liked the padded shoulders in dresses and tops

Linda
Linda

October 14, 2020

I loved the calico and gingham prints, so sweet!!!

Mary R.
Mary R.

October 14, 2020

I loved the bright colors and every outfit had to have shoulder pads!

Ann
Ann

October 14, 2020

It’s a toss up between the big hair and the oversized jackets.

Donna Landreth
Donna Landreth

October 14, 2020

I love the puffed sleeves and ruffles and gathers for the 80’s. Thanks for the awesome giveaways.😘

Carol Hanner
Carol Hanner

October 14, 2020

Bold colors, bright colors big stripes, ruffled colors, dropped waist, t-shirt dresses, girls clothes had detailed finishes, lace, ruffles, ribbons, scarves. Pixie Faire has a great selection of patterns to replicate the fashion of the 80’s.

Cynthia W.
Cynthia W.

October 14, 2020

Bright colors – had a skating skirt that I made that was purple, turquoise and white, worn with hot pink tights.

Tamara G
Tamara G

October 14, 2020

First of all, thank you for sharing the fun photos! It’s always fun reminiscing. I was already out of college in the 80’s, so, I agree, it seems a bit recent to be an AG historical era. :D I remember Gunne Sax dresses from the 70’s — always wanted one to wear to the prom but they were too expensive. : ( The one trend from the 80’s shown here that really stands out in my memory were the enormously puffy sleeves — thanks to Princess Di’s magical wedding dress. Everything was big in the 80’s!!

Dena M
Dena M

October 14, 2020

The fashion elements I liked from the 80’s were prairie dresses and puffy sleeves.

Sheila
Sheila

October 14, 2020

Too many to choose Bright colors, plaid ruffles & big hair !!

LYNN
LYNN

October 14, 2020

Big hair! Loved it. I have thick hair and with a perm, it was hair explosion!

Beth
Beth

October 14, 2020

Other than “permed” hair? I seem to remember vests over cowel neck sweaters, balloon pants, and big, bold stripes. Loved (and still love) the bold stripes. And, the broad shoulder jackets; lots of shoulder pads back then. Remember the Members Only fad? I graduated HS in ’81 so this brings back great memories.

Carol Warn
Carol Warn

October 14, 2020

I loved the look of the big puffy sleeves and ruffles!!

Kathy
Kathy

October 14, 2020

The puffed sleeves on young girls dresses are cute, don’t think I’d care to wear them at my age.

Elizabeth N
Elizabeth N

October 14, 2020

The only “80s trend” I ever participated in was roller skates! Wish I knew how many laps around the basement I did as a kid.

Sewbig
Sewbig

October 14, 2020

I’ve enjoyed sewing all of these styles, but I have to comment that the big sleeves in Frog Princess’ “Holly and Lace” pattern is an exceptional sleeve pattern for the period.

Jessie
Jessie

October 14, 2020

The crazy perms! I think I can still smell the first perm I got. Wow.

J.J. Goody
J.J. Goody

October 14, 2020

I remember wearing a bright pink and white windbreaker until it was practically in shreds. And when I wasn’t trying some awful perm with big bangs, I wore big ol’ scrunchies on a lopsided ponytail.

Jo Collins
Jo Collins

October 14, 2020

Love the accessories and poofiy sleeves.

Maureen Fry
Maureen Fry

October 14, 2020

Big hair, bloggers and bellbottoms!

Carrie
Carrie

October 14, 2020

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Candy
Candy

October 14, 2020

I like the overalls, pleated skirts and bubble skirts or dresses from the eighties. I love bold colors. Thank you for all the beautiful patterns to use on our dolls.

Jackie Koepnick
Jackie Koepnick

October 14, 2020

i remember those hip hugger pants and belllll bottoms

Carrie
Carrie

October 14, 2020

Oh, so many to choose from. Loved the leggings and oversized sweaters. The calico, lace, puffy sleeves and big collars. I had forgotten about the fold-over waistline jeans. I use to love those!

Dorothy
Dorothy

October 14, 2020

It would have to be big hair!

BecCB
BecCB

October 14, 2020

My favourite 80’s t-shirt was lime green with a smiley face printed on the front. I was all about the bright, bold colours: fluro greens and yellows, hot pink, accented with bold black stripes.

Carol B
Carol B

October 14, 2020

Stirrup pants with sweaters or sweatshirts. Also, blouses with puffed sleeves and lace. Big Curly Hair! Oh my, the story old pictures tell!

Vicky U.
Vicky U.

October 14, 2020

I loved the Gunny Sax dresses and little girls loved Jellies. Also liked the bright multi fabric lounge jackets with matching pants.

Diane H.
Diane H.

October 14, 2020

remember making many outfits for my daughters from the “gunny saxs” patterns. . .

Jennifer
Jennifer

October 14, 2020

I loved my windsuit, it was bright pink and blue. I also loved my jellies!

Rachel Baker
Rachel Baker

October 14, 2020

Loved the big puffy sleeves n hop hugger pants

Susan
Susan

October 14, 2020

Awesome accessories

jacquie Corrigan
jacquie Corrigan

October 14, 2020

I loved the puffy sleeves!

Chris
Chris

October 14, 2020

The puffy sleeves of the 80s were AWESOME! Will anyone ever forget Princess Diana’s 1981 wedding dress with its massive sleeves? How fun!

BevM
BevM

October 14, 2020

The only things I remember liking from the 1980’s are big hair and bows at the neckline.

sheila
sheila

October 14, 2020

looking back-none, but I wore most of them then

Sue
Sue

October 14, 2020

I had so many puffed sleeved dresses and blouses in the 80s. I had my hair spiral permed as my hair was poker straight. It took 4 hours to roll!

Marichu
Marichu

October 14, 2020

I loved curly hair and puffy sleeves!

Kathy C
Kathy C

October 14, 2020

Shoulder pads, loved them.

Laurie
Laurie

October 14, 2020

Curly hair….that’s when my straight hair was permed.

Kathy
Kathy

October 14, 2020

Loved the bright colors and the layers. Jen Ashley Wacky Sweat suit is adorable.

Anne Marie
Anne Marie

October 14, 2020

I loved the fabrics – small calico prints and gingham checks. Also loved the big hair!

Frances Harville
Frances Harville

October 14, 2020

I was a teenager in the 80s, and have fond memories of the time. However, some 80s fashions are best forgotten (spandex, neon colors). I was a Gunne Sax fan, and wore a lot of polo shirts with the collar popped. Even better if you layered them! I really miss shoulder pads, though. I have sloped shoulders, and they really helped make my shoulders look much more square, and clothes hang better on my frame. I also wore oversized tops with stirrup pants, ruffles, batwing-sleeved tops and dresses, scarves, big earrings, Shirt dresses, drop-waist dresses, and penny loafers. This is a fun topic… brings back memories!

Patricia
Patricia

October 14, 2020

The accessories like the jelly flats and roller skates look so fun.

Marilyn
Marilyn

October 14, 2020

Lace,Gingham and Calico.
Marilyn

Faith Follmer
Faith Follmer

October 14, 2020

high waisted pleated jeans

Faith Follmer
Faith Follmer

October 14, 2020

high waisted pleated jeans

Bree
Bree

October 14, 2020

As a customer that buys a lot of patterns from you, I’m gutted that I can’t enter this competition for a gift card to Pixie Faire. I live in New Zealand.

Ann
Ann

October 14, 2020

The fun accessories are my favorite.

Vicki
Vicki

October 14, 2020

Lace, Gingham, and Calico. And I remember T-shirt dresses—a simple gathered skirt sewn onto a pre-made t-shirt, with embellishment on the shirt.

Jennifer
Jennifer

October 14, 2020

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of any 80’s fashion, maybe some of the oversized shirts for lounging.

Kathryn
Kathryn

October 14, 2020

love the ruffles

Sue
Sue

October 14, 2020

Lace, Gingham and Calico.

Sandy
Sandy

October 14, 2020

Big bold colors are a hit no matter what decade they’re from!

Maurine
Maurine

October 14, 2020

Loved the big hair and fold over waistbands

Holly
Holly

October 14, 2020

I pretty much liked all the 80s fashions. I just never had time for the big hair!

Nanette
Nanette

October 14, 2020

I love the bright colors and dropped waist dresses of the 80s. They always looked so cute on my daughter. I just love the variety of pattern available on Pixie Faire.

Beth
Beth

October 14, 2020

None of them, LOL.

Nanette
Nanette

October 14, 2020

I have always loved the bright bold colors of the 80’s. The drop waist dresses were so cute too. My daughter looked so cute in them.

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