Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sewing thru the Decades- 1990's

1990's.... sigh..... leggings, floral skirts and dresses, thigh highs, plaid skirts, sweater vests, crop tops, bodysuits... all my favorite things when I was growing up.

Online research I found to be difficult, I went searching for something kinda like this:

but instead... found a bunch of... well.... slutty looking school girl outfits.
NOT what I used to like to wear and NOT what I want to recreate for my daughter.
When did the school girl look turn into..... that????

So.... anyways.
I went to my old photo albums hoping to find some pictures of those cute little outfits I used to wear in high school and couldn't find any. Apparently we only took pictures when I was in uniform or going to a dance...

So I dug deeper, into the early 90's- middle school years.
I found some great photos and a reoccurring theme of this one style I loved and Mom made me a few dresses in.

See here how cool I was.

My Mom made this one and it was my favorite I think. Mom remembers it as being 'Pretty woman brown', but I think it was olive green.

Another favorite, made from the same pattern, but modeled by my good friend Stephanie who I can barely look at in the picture. She met a horrible fate and is no longer with us. Don't ask. You don't want to know. Trust me.

Here's another one Mom made me, but this one was shorts and had elastic at the waist.

and this one is actually store bought, from 5.7.9.
Do you guys remember that store?
What do you think of that hair-do, that make-up, and those shoulder pads... whoa.
yeah... I thought you'd get a kick out of that.

So... back to the task at hand. Finding pattern for suspender skirt thingy. Not easy.
I don't know why... these have been in style for decades. Check all of them out here.

I couldn't find any pattern available to purchase for this style in a youth size, so I was destined to draft my own pattern.

Here it is finally. I hope you're still reading... or at least scrolled down.

The good news. Ella loves it.

I knew the pockets would be a hit, because the ones my Mom made had pockets and I loved them!

I've had this fabric in my stash for a long time. I love it. It felt really good to cut into it and make something for the girls. It liked to curl up really bad, though, hence the bias tape around the hem. Very easy way to finish up a knit hem.

Hemming it with the bias tape made me think of this skirt by Crafterhours and I decided to put the binding on the pocket, too.

Then Ella decided she needed a cat on the shirt, so I appliqued this kitty from Planet Applique to her undershirt. I love it. Good call Boo's.

See before kitty was added.

I love my embroidery machine.

I also made this rockin' bow to match with Pickle Pie's new kitty hair pretties. I've been bugging Lisa to make a kitty for a long time, so I was sooo happy when she released these!

I couldn't be happier with my 1990's challenge outfit.

Here's Ella saying I'm 'crazy' because I was so excited.... but don't let that fool you.

She was feeling like hot stuff in her new outfit and Granny's old clip on earrings.

I already have my idea for next weeks challenge, too. Want a hint....
it's inspired by my new favorite Project Runway designer.

Are you excited? I know I am.

oh... and just a reminder... if you want one of my hooded towels. Well... click the picture.

Made by Heidi

Have a great day. I'm pattern testing this morning. Yea!


crafterhours said...
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crafterhours said...

Very cute! And even before I saw the nice shout-out, I was like, hey, you could totally use a milkmaid skirt to make that! Hm, now I'm thinking about a milkmaid skirt with suspenders....

BConky said...

Love it Cole. I'm suprised Lucy didn't want it. It's so Lucy.

Ellie Inspired said...

I loved 5-7-9 too and there was another one that started with a R. I can't remember the name but I was sad when it went out of business. I had a dressy red and black suspender dress I wore to a school Christmas program from there. It was one of my very favorites. Great job recreating this! You really nailed it and she looks so cute!

Goosegirl said...

Darling! And you should see my senior portrait. I wore a suspender skirt I made out of red plaid Pendleton wool challis. It was my favorite outfit. I even made a skinny tie to wear with it. I was a few years before you, 1985, so it was a bit more preppy then. But still, I loved the style and wore it often. I think I even still have some of the patterns!

Mama Lusco said...

Oh, the memories! I do not miss those shoulder pads :) The jumpers are great!

angie.a said...

Oh I LOVE Mondo! What are you working on??

LOVE the "back in the day" photos. You were such a cutie! But I'm morbidly curious about what happened to your friend. Is that bad?

Saige said...

I LOVED this post! I have "A Lemon Squeezy Home" in the list of blogs I read and thought I'd follow the link to the only participant in this week's challenge. What I found was a kindred spirit. :) You made me miss the 90's so much! Great job on the outfit and your daughter looks adorable in it. Adding you to Google Reader!

Saige said...

@ Ellie Inspired: Was the one that started with an R called Rave?