The theme for this first week: 1980's Cartoon-Inspired Look. Specifically, not a costume; a look that uses an 80's cartoon character or theme as its spring board. I loved the idea and had so many directions I thought about taking - Duck Tales, Mr. T, Inspector Gadget... the list goes on. I finally settled on Inspector Gadget because my kids still watch that show, and I knew I was making these pants - which would be perfect in blue for Gadget's iconic blue pants. I will say that my first inclination was to go with Mr. T - my boys love watching the A-Team and I had great ideas for an outfit using Mr. T's "I pity the fool" phrase - but I went with the Gadget route instead. Imagine Gnats did an amazing job with the I Pity the Fool idea for a teen girl, though. I love it!
Last week, I posted a review of the pants, but all along I had them in mind for this Gadget-inspired look. The pants use the Pants with Adjustable Waistband pattern from Lily Bird Studio. I love the versatility of the pants, the adjustable waistband, and the finished front with true zip fly and belt loops. You can read more about how long they took to sew, the other features, and see more pictures at this post. Lily Bird Studio is offering 15% purchases in her online shop now through Sept. 20 using the code SNPLBS10. Be sure to check out her other patterns for pants, tops, and patterns!
Since practicality and versatility are essential in our home and my sewing budget (both for time and for money) is indeed limited, the outfit is finished with a grey cardigan and white dress shirt we already owned. I would have loved to sew a grey Berkshire Blazer from Blank Slate Patterns, but the boys are already well-equipped in that department, so time, money and energy had to go into other things!
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