I had this stretchy pink and black houndstooth fabric from Girl Charlee that I had planned to make a t-shirt with but I thought its stretch would be perfect for leggings. When I think 80's I think brightly colored leggings. This fabric also reminded me of punk. Punk clothing has been on my mind a lot ever since it was this year's Met Gala theme. And Anna Wintour claimed "Pink is punk" (ha), so it seemed like a perfect choice for my 80's interpretation.
One Little Minute to draft a leggings pattern from my own measurements. This took a little extra time than just tracing around some leggings already owned, but it was well worth it because the fit is amazingly perfect.
On to the top - I had a hard time deciding on this look. I knew I wanted to try out freezer paper stenciling, so my husband picked an 80's punk band he likes (Dead Kennedys) and I made a tank top with their symbol. Actually, he told me to do Bad Religion or Social Distortion, but I liked the lines of the Dead Kennedys logo better. I drafted a pattern for a racer back top using a t-shirt I already have as a guide and curved the bottom hem in the front and back. I only used one layer of paint with the stencil to give it an aged look. I then went back and hand painted some lines to give it more dimension.
No, not yet. I also made some black lace gloves and a scrunchie. A scrunchie, wow! Never thought I'd do such a thing. Can you believe American Apparel is selling scrunchies right now?
This is definitely different than my actual look during the 80s - I was pretty young, so my outfits consisted of stirrup leggings and over sized shirts. And I would spray my bangs and crunch them into the perfect "wave". Ha.
I love this little outfit and I can see myself wearing it to a P!nk concert in a couple months, or the items separately. Don't forget to vote for this look on Friday over at Project Sewn if you're into it!
|Hard to see, but I'm wearing my old banana clip and scrunchie I made!|