24 October 2014

My Favourite 1980s Sewing Patterns



It seems like only yesterday, but 1980s is vintage. And these patterns do look old!

Following on from my posts on my favourite 1960s sewing patterns and my favourite 1970s patterns (and 1970s part 2 because I love that era so bad), it's only right that you get to see some of the 1980s designs in my stash too. The decade's fashion is often considered a joke, but look beyond the war paint blusher and shoulder pads, take out some of that design ease (and just ignore that snood), and these styles are pretty cute IMHO...








Which one is your favourite, please?

[Soundtrack: 'Every Little Step' by Bobby Brown]

25 comments:

  1. I have the most amazing 80's coat/jacket patter I keep meaning to try- not too far from the blanket coats I keep seeing at the moment- all drapes and volume. But seriously, how could we ever ignore that scary scary snood- otherwise known as a balaclava!

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  2. I do like that last one, it's very dramatic. When you said snood I thought of the 1940s version, quite different but it's kind of useful. Claire Mccardle did a similar design for one of her outfits, needless to say she was big on fresh air and hers did look a lot better than this.

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  3. I really love the full skirted Vogue on the bottom. I have to say, I don't remember anybody wearing something that cute during the whole decade, but someone might have :) Honestly, I'm sorry, but the eighties were a fashion horror for the most part, as far as I'm concerned. But there are always going to be people who love it..like my little sister. I can still see her in my memory trying to show me the cool way to flip up your collar as she was about to cruise out the door after watching Miami Vice, haha! The fashion era that I would love to come back more is the fifties, but I really don't want to have to wear a dress, hat, and gloves every time I leave the door! Sorry, off-topic. What I meant to say is that all of our decades have some things to be proud of and some to make us cringe, and we all won't necessarily agree on what they were. I just wish I had my cool bell bottoms back and that my bottom would still look cool in them :)

    Beth
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  4. It would have to be the first one, as my Mum made me a dress from that very pattern!! I really did think I was the bees-knees when I wore it. Oh such happy days....

    Helenxx

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  5. I'm with magistra - the 80s were definitely a fashion horror and the music sucked big time too. I do however really like the backless dress in the last pattern. I wouldn't wear it backless - I'm a big girl and it wouldn't work - but both options look very stylish and on trend.

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  6. My favorite would be the Simplicity dress S010. I love how feminine it is. But I would shorten the hem length to just above the knee for a more modern look.

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  7. I love ESP patterns, and have a few of them stashed away. But from your selection, the Vogue one is gorgeous [except I would have 'bra issues' with that backless style]

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  8. What a fabulous collection of patterns! They really show how crazy fashion was in the 80s! I absolutely love the last one: vogue's dress!!!! It is such a beautiful (and timeless) piece! I love the fact that it is backless: simply sexy!!!!!

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  9. The 80's , lot of fabric! even if I was a teenager in the middle of the 80's I have to say I don't like very much that fashion hehehe, but I do like some of your patterns, like Simplicity 6365 and simplicity 9483 , perhaps I would sew those two.

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  10. The fifth and seventh ones are my favourite. I'm not a fan of eighties clothing much though...still, these are good choices.

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  11. Simplicity ESP 9483 and the butterick hat set (and it's Vogue twin) were workhorses for me. I had a million office jobs in the 80s and no dry cleaning money, so I made a lot of interchangeable dress/jacket/hat sets (a decade of bad hair days). Seattle had a lot of small fabric stores in the 80s so it was a great time for me to expand my usual fabric choices. Albert Nipon was my go-to guy, after Calvin Klein (1793 was my secret weapon!). Wool challis in my choice of four different blues to set off my eyes.....Good times.

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  12. I'm with the majority and love the backless Vogue dress at the bottom!

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  13. Aw brilliant, those take me back. I remember my mum and her sister making and wearing dresses like that dress with the tie, I even wore one to my cousins wedding in 1984 (I was 18 and thought I was lovely, ha!) I would have worn a lot of those Vogue pencil-type skirts in the late 80's into early 90's to work. They would have been staples with a ruffle or tie blouse.

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  14. Definitely the last one, but I think that was a retro style in the eighties I.e. Eighties does fifties. Unfortunately I was in my late twenties in the eighties, is I had to put up with it all! I do remember a pink jumpsuit which was pretty cool, but there was an embarrassing incident in a public toilet (I let it drop to the floor) which meant I didn't wear it out again!

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  15. The Vogue Nipon. I've made it and it was one of my favorites.

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  16. I do love a good vintage pattern, it gets me all excited thinking about who owned it, what did they make with it, did they stick to it or did they make their own alterations like I do. So many questions!

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  17. I really like the last Vogue pattern at the bottom. Having been a teenager in the 80's (ages 13 to 22), I have no desire to revisit wearing those horrible fashions or hair-dos! But I still have a soft spot for the music of that decade... Sometimes we'll get together with friends, drink wine, and put on cassette tapes. *snort* It can get kinda' messy. Yeah, people dancing, whilst holding drinks, and reminiscing about those days... :)

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  18. Ha, I had (probably still have) that hat pattern collection. I messed with that snood, and made it as part of a costume. It did n8t have enough ease to go on properly, and need some tampering.

    Just today, I was going through some more of my mom's patterns. There was a fair amoubt of 80s in this particular group, and some were pretty cute. Maybe I should list a few and see if anyone is interested.

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  19. i do have 1 80's pattern in my collection, but only because it so closely resembles a 60s dress anyway. But good work trying to find the roses among the thorns. as you said, 80s patterns are easy to trash, but i supposed a little modification can help bring them back to life! My fav here is that last Vogue one. it has potential. narrow down the lapel and i think you've got something!

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  20. I prefer the last one - not that I ever wore anything like this!

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  21. OOh I have that same Simplicity top pattern! It looks like a great simple easy wearing piece!

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  22. My fave is the snood!

    Just kidding. I'm a sucker for keyhole dresses, so the Simplicity one is my fave. Where are the rara and puffball skirts??!

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  23. I made the last Vogue dress pattern (and still have the pattern in my collection) but I put a beaded bar across the back so I could wear a bra. Not very comfy to wear out to the theatre tho.

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  24. The Vogue Nipon pattern is my favorite but the back on that final dress is stunning.

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  25. I sewed views 1 and 2 from Simplicity 6365 in the late 80s when I was learning to sew.

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