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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Electric Youth - Project Run and Play Week 1

Project Run and Play is back and that means another fun round of friendly challenges and competition. Week 1's challenge was to be inspired by an 80s cartoon and fashion a look based on that. Well, I am a child of the 80s, so this was right up my alley!

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 

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!


  1. Cute Jem dress.Cool wig:) Lovely girl! I think my 12 year old daughter would also love this outfit!

    1. Thank you! She definitely rocked it :) I appreciate your sweet comments and thank you for stopping by!

  2. wow!! So cute! Love the model and that awesome background!! Great inspiration and outcome! I'm currently hosting a sewing series called Sew Many Books. there is a sew a long {with prizes!} If you have sewed anything inspired by a book in 2014 I'd love to have you join! Hop over to Nap-Time Creations and check out the series! Emily

    1. That sounds like fun. How long is it going on??

  3. The missfits were so cool haha. Why did we hate them so much? :)