Throwback to the 80’s Outfit

I’m kinda back! Liam is finally getting on to some sort of schedule, so I’m hoping to be able to post at least once a week. I’m going to get caught up on some older pieces that never got posted, and this is the first of those: This is an outfit I designed and stitched up for The Robug during Elsie Marley’s KCWC last fall, lol.  Needless to say, I’ve been remiss in getting pictures and writing posts (I have good reasons :).  I wasn’t ever really able to get any good photos, but these give you the idea.


In essence, this outfit is an over-sized tunic and leggings (the closest thing to a dress I’ve been able to get The Robug into).  I bought the material at Vogue Fabrics a while ago: it’s a double layer of jersey knit that is striped on one side and polkadotted on the other.

The top is designed based on this adult Vogue pattern from the 80’s that I bought at Good Will for 50 cents (I did not notice my lens was dirty until much later…).  I love wide arm openings and the draping in the front.


These were the best pictures I could get.  There are small pleats at the shoulder to give it a little extra shape and direction to the drape.  I decided a plain boat neck style would be better for running and playing and that 3/4 sleeves are best for painting and coloring.


The Robug has never been much for leggings, so when I went to make a pair I actually had to make my own pattern from scratch.  Of course I looked for a tutorial, and found a bunch of great ones, but they all required me to start with a pair of leggings we already had: we didn’t have any to begin with, hence the problem.  It was a little bit challenging to figure out because I had never tried to make a pattern for a snug-fitting knit item, so I had to do some research.  I figured out a way that worked for me and gave me a perfect fit, so I’m going with it.  I’m working on a tutorial since The Robug needs a bigger size and does not need extra room for a diaper–*hopefully* coming soon.


And this is what I ended up with.  The Robug loves her “spots and stripes outfit” and I love how relaxed and comfy it is.  When I make it again, I’m going to make the shoulder pleats a little more dramatic and adding one on the other shoulder at the neckline–we’ll see how it turns out next fall!

As always, thanks for reading!  And, if you’re interested in my patterns, let me know and I’ll see if I can figure out how to make them into .pdf’s 🙂

4 thoughts on “Throwback to the 80’s Outfit

  1. Thank you for linking up to Say G’Day Saturday. I enjoyed reading your post and your sweet pictures of Miss Robug!

    This weekend’s party has just started so I hope you can join in again!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Thank you for hosting a great party and for stopping by! I’m so glad you liked the post and the pics–Robug is definitely not camera shy! I’ll be linking up again this week–thanks! Have a great weekend 🙂

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