I watched all kinds of fun shows in the 80s - The USA Cartoon Express, Reading Rainbow, and of course I can't talk about shows from my youth without digressing a little bit about the Bozo show and the Grand Prize Game.
Yes, I know it wasn't a cartoon, but I sent in postcard after postcard trying to be the at home player. Did I ever get picked? Nope....*insert sad face*....Alas, that is probably something more for therapy :)
So, what was my 80s cartoon fashion inspiration?
Yes, I know it is totally cliche to pick Jem and the Holograms, but it was my show. I mean what was not to like? Business by day Jerrica and rock star by night Jem. It was awesome. However, my palette inspiration came more from their arch nemeses The Misfits.
I mean, look at those colors! Love, love, love and we all know they were the Misfits and we know they're gonna get us.
So, without futher ado - my current day look using some Jem from my Electric Youth!
And while this was supposed to stay away from being costumey, I mean, how could I resist at least ONE with the pink wig?? Am I right?
So, this outfit came about from the bones of the Love Notions Mallory Dress
You can find this pattern here https://www.etsy.com/listing/199046482/love-notions-mallory-dress-pattern?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=mallory+pattern&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
Someone had mentioned they turned this dress into a skater style by using the back piece as the front as well and just dropping the neckline. So, I did that and then measured the neckline and took 75% of that measurement to cut a neck binding at 2" x 75% of the neck measurement. I used a neon green performance knit fabric with a fluorescent pink fishnet overlay. I did the sleeves in just the fishnet alone and then did two pick ups on the front of the overlay to break up the line of the overlay and give the skirt some texture. To bring in the zebra, I self drafted an Obi belt using the measurement of the front side to side measurement of the front to make the front panel. I then made the straps of the belt long enough to go around the back and then back over the front to tie into a bow.
Overall, it was a fairly quick sew and the result is something current but very fun. I love the electric look that the fabrics have.
And, really, shouldn't we all have an Electric Youth??
This entry will be linked up to Project Run and Play for their week 1 blog sew alongs. Check out the contestants and the other blogger entries. It is such a fun contest and an amazingly talented group of people!