Hi Everyone! Welcome to a new installment of Sewing A Themed Wardrobe, this time we're taking a trip down memory lane! The theme is "1980s Style Fashion". In this topic we will explore the style that stood out and really set the tone for that era. Items like acid washed denim, pleated jeans, bubble skirts, leggings, jelly flats, scrunchies, and of course, big hair! Wheather you're creating an expanded wardrobe for the new 1986 historical character, Courtney Moore™ or creating the pieces for the modern day, I'm sure we'll have fun creating these things together!
The Sewing A Themed Wardrobe: 1980s Style Topic Will Include:
Over this 4-part topic, I'll show you how to create the Ultimate 80s wardrobe for your doll!
Are you ready? Let's go...
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One of the most prominent design elements of the 80s was pleated, but not just pleats, pleated jeans! Follow along in this pattern hack to see how easy it is to add pleats to this design. Then use your new skill to add pleats to any other design you choose!
Part 1 Tutorial Video - The 80s Pleated High Waisted Jean Shorts Pattern Hack:
This pattern hack post was done in collaboration with IG user @forofsuch. I'm loving her beautiful photos of the finished product!
Patterns used in this weeks video examples:
Liberty Jane High-Waisted Jeans & Shorts for 18" Dolls.
Here's a breakdown of the complete tutorial too:
Important prep step: First we will make modifications to the pattern pieces!
To begin, print out all the pattern pieces. But BEFORE you cut out the pants/shorts front and back from the printer paper, make these changes and modifications right on the paper:
Step 1: We will start with the Pants Front pattern piece.
Step 2: Now to modify the Back Pants piece! This will be much simpler.
Step 3: Before you begin step 1 of the pattern instructions, follow these instructions:
Step 4: Now begin following the pattern instructions, and continue through completing step 28, then follow these steps before beginning step 29:
Step 5: Now you can resume the pattern instructions beginning at pattern step 29, omitting the hemming steps of 39 and 40, since you already did the hem.
Now your shorts are complete! The yoke and pleats are perfect and so 80’s!
Week One task:
Looking to build your 1980s Wardrobe? be sure to check out our collection of patterns that capture the theme and include many of the iconic design elments! Click HERE
1980s Color Palette: There are a few themes present in the 80s, one of which is represented in the new American Girl Historical collection for Courtney. It's the vibrant bright colors represented here:
1980s Prominent Design Elements: Think, big, bright, bold, and exagerated, to start. At least for the "rocker girl" or "preppy" type looks.
There is also the softer side which includes ruffles, puffy sleeves, big collars, dropped waist dresses, lace trim details, and a more muted color palette (but we'll touch on that more in Part 4)
Next Tuesday - Part 2: The Iconic Fold-Over Waistband