Project Sewn // Week Three // 80’s style

  Well this was fun. I’m beginning to think there’s been a lack of dress-up parties around here because I really really enjoyed 80’s week for Project Sewn. Like, a little too much. Okay, if you must know….it’s the big hair. Maybe it’s the Leo in me, but secretly, I’d love to sport a huge mane all the time. It was never going to be hard finding inspiration this week, I mean lots of rad things came out of the 80’s. There was me…hello! Followed closely by printed pants, peplums and epic shoulders. It felt like the real challenge was going to be creating an essentially 80’s outfit, current and modern enough to wear again for non 80’s themed occasions. So I took my inspiration from more recent takes on 80’s trends which, I think we’ll agree, have come a long way in the wearability stakes.
These are not leggings. Do you read? NOT leggings! Just making it known we are not in the presence of an elasticated waist here. So for the purpose of Project Sewn and the fact that I was about to cut into this delicious floral ponte knit, I just bit the bullet and attempted my first ever pair of ‘real’ pants with the whole shebang…zippered fly, front pockets, back yoke, back pockets, belt loops, and waist band. I’ve been avoiding pants for a while now, it’s just seemed easier to buy some that already fit. But the ponte was amazing to work with and totally forgiving when it came to getting a super snug fit. They feel like a legging on, but with all the details of a pair of jeans. And I cannot tell you how good it felt to cut into something meaty after all that silk.
It was a toss up between Burda 7214 and Burdastyle skinny pants until I realised how un-fun it would be trying to put in a zippered fly for the first time without lots of pictures. So I went with Burda since they are more generous with diagrams, and made version A with mods. I sized down (sewers intuition), took in the sides and tapered the lower leg for a skinny fit. Next I shrunk and moved the back pockets which started off bigger than a butt cheek (so unflattering) and took a huge wedge out of the centre back. I couldn’t figure out why they would make the ‘knee band’s in the original pattern wrap all around and half way up the thigh. I adjusted the size and moved them to sit on the knee, where they should. But not before quilting chevrons into the top. Had to sneak in a triangle somewhere.
For the top I used a merino double knit and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sewing with the weather in mind. Winter has snuck up and long sleeves were a good call. I started with this princess seamed pattern, drafted some suitably 80’s sleeves from a top of mine and added an chunky exposed zip, for some punk. I really do love peplums and just assumed they were some cool trend of the new millennium. I didn’t realize they were an 80’s original. It’s one of those trends you either love or hate but being under-endowed in the hip department I like all the extra volume they add.


I guess 80’s week wouldn’t be complete with at least some melodrama. My machine decided to have it’s first ever break down mid way through this top. Leaving me with abandonment issues and no choice but to finish the rest with the serger. Including the exposed zip. Did you know that was even possible? I didn’t and if I hadn’t been sewing a knit I’d have been royally screwed. There was literally no time left and it was either try the serger or turn up for photos with half an outfit. Which might have been taking 80’s raunch too far? So there you have it. An 80’s get-up with two pieces I’ll definitely be wearing again as separates. Probably with smaller hair. Now before you rush off, this is the last week of voting before finals week, only the top three go through eeek! If you think my 80’s ensemble is deserving then run, don’t walk over to Project Sewn and vote…


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  • Andrea Bwrote:

    Haha, that last picture needs to be your new blog banner so we can enjoy it forever. You are fierce, girl. That hair is amazing.

  • Jessicawrote:

    Sophie. I could not love you more right now. You are rocking these pictures! And that 80’s radness! Your sewing is amazing, as it’s been every week. You werq that Pat Benatar shit!

  • Kirstywrote:

    So. Totally. 80s!
    Love it!!

  • Reneewrote:

    This is amazing and styled perfectly!

  • Stephaniewrote:

    Omg. THOSE PANTS. I’m in love with them. The whole shoot is fabulous.

  • Jessica at Me Sew Crazywrote:

    HOLY SMOKES GIRL! I saw this and my jaw hit the floor. This is freaking Ah-MAY-zing!!! You nailed it, and look so FIERCE.

  • Justine of SewCountryChickwrote:

    I love this outfit! We must think alike because I just finished a double knit peplum top and floral pants last night! It was my first zipper fly too!

  • small + friendlywrote:

    You are so incredibly rad! And I love the big hair!

  • Kellywrote:

    You look great! The pants are especially fabulous.

  • thewallinnawrote:

    Sophie you rock! I think you should have been invited to the Met Gala a few weeks ago 🙂

  • CicelyInglesidewrote:

    Nice job! Go bold or go home, I say. You have my vote!

  • Craft Sanctuarywrote:

    Love it! This is 80s done right, for sure!

  • Jillwrote:

    whoa. YOu are amazing and gorgeous. This category was made for you.

  • lisa g.wrote:

    those pants! love them. great job!

  • SaraJwrote:

    I love your style!

  • Katwrote:

    Bahaha that last photo is fantastic! I love those pants. I’ve been hearing a lot about ponte pants lately. I think it’s a sign that I should give some a go. And I second your motion the world needs more costume parties. I love a good costume party!

  • thewardrobesurgeonwrote:

    Love it!

  • becstitcheswrote:

    AHHHH I have been wanting to make those exact pants in that EXACT fabric for ages!!! (not even lying, I have blog proof)
    Wahhhh so jealous! They look freaken awesome!

  • kristinwrote:

    I just can’t even handle how badass you are. You ROCKED the 80s look, and I can totally see you wearing the pants with a more neutral tunic top, or the top with some skinny jeans and smaller hair, and you’d be completely on trend for today! THAT’S my favorite part, really. Genius.

    Also, can post Project Sewn be a “how to get my bod” workout series…? 😉

  • Stacey Byrnewrote:

    Yep, totally nailed it. Those sleeves are like totally tubular. And those pants? I think I like totally had a radical pair of leggings in that same gnarly fabric. I can not even wait to see what you come up with next week!

  • Iliska Dreamswrote:

    The last image is amazing! You must blow it big 80 big hair big!

  • Nat at Made in Homewrote:

    You did an amazing job! Love the hair!

  • OnePerfectDaywrote:

    I love everything you’ve done with this: the pants, the top, the colours, the hair and the fabulous photos!
    I voted for you already…..
    Good luck!

  • zosews.comwrote:

    Work. It. Girlfriend. RAD 80s outfit!

  • Jennywrote:

    LOVE it! heading over to vote….

  • Simple Simon and Companywrote:

    #1. I totally want to steal those pants for myself.
    #2. My secret wish is that big hair would come back…soon…before I get to old to work it!

  • sallyavenawrote:

    Is that a banana clip in your hair? Totally love the outfit! And I like how you got the big shoulder ‘look’ without having the big shoulder pad look. Well done!

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  • Tracy K.wrote:

    I love this look Sophie. Amazing as always. Every time I get an email from cirque du bebe I know it will show me something super stylish and you have not disappointed me yet! So nice to see you blogging and competing. You look gorgeous in all your looks too 🙂

  • Max of Max California ★wrote:


    Also I have a spare sewing machine, so does my sister and she lives in brisvegas! Hit me up if you need it!


  • gingermakeswrote:

    Wowzer! This is AWESOME. Love the whole outfit and your hair– OMG! Too fab!

  • marywrote:

    I LOVE THIS!!!!

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