Rocking the 80’s: 5 Patterns to Sew and Get the Look

Hi! I’m Eileen from GoofingOff Sewing bringing a little step back in time…..the 1980’s.

Mention 80’s fashion to folks who lived through it and the results are a mixed bag. One person I asked emphatically said “I hated it!” That surprised me because I thought she had the look down pat. She lived in the city and wore the city fashions…..fitted leather pants with straight legs and loose-fitting blouses with over-extended shoulders (shoulder pads out to there!). I loved the 80’s. I was a bit of a country girl and enjoyed the soft side…..Victorian inspired blouses with ruffles and lace, denim everything for a country look. Here’s 5 patterns to get the 80’s look.

Oh, yes, jumpsuits. Got to have one….at least one. Button front with straight legs or shorts for the summer.

Pants were fitted at the waist and meant to hang straight. No perky backside look….flat butt.

Thanks to the success of the movie “Urban Cowboy” (ride that bull, honey) country music had a resurgence. We learned to dance the Cotton-Eyed Joe and Texas Two Step while wearing jeans and boots.

And then there was the movie “Flashdance” and all of a sudden everyone was wearing sweats and trying to look like a dancer who hadn’t made the big time yet. Sweats were everywhere on everyone.

 

In response to the structured, hard edges and extended shoulders came Victorian inspiration. Ruffles and lace with cap sleeves, ribbons, and collars. Soft and sweet.

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DIY Sliding Casters Tutorial Tuesday

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DSC_1058About a week ago the hubby brought home a new member to the family….a cockatiel. Cute little guy, lots of color, a bit of personality, and, unfortunately, a big mess. Cockatiels are not known for neat and clean. The floor around his cage is full of seed and with my trunk on the floor next to the cage, cleaning up is a challenge, starting first with moving the trunk easily without scratching the floor. DSC_1057

I already bought casters for the furniture but there never seems to be enough so I thought I should make my own. I decided to use scrap wood (plywood or T-one-eleven), craft felt, adhesive, and foam sheets.

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I went to the hubby’s scrap pile and found these pieces of wood. Not too wide. Too long but cut into smaller lengths they might work.

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I trimmed up the wood and smoothed the edges. I don’t want splinters.

DSC_1047I used foam sheets leftover from another project. Color didn’t matter since the casters would be under the trunk. Someone would have to be pretty snoopy to notice.

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I cut the foam to the size of the wood by using the wood as a template.

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The foam is thin enough to use paper cutting scissors. It is adhesive backed so applying it to the wood is easy.

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Now the felt……

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Using the wood again as templates I used a pen to carefully mark my cutting lines then cut the felt strips to size.

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I applied my adhesive (I used Loctite Stik n’Seal No Mess) to the wood and then applied the felt.

Voila! The new casters are ready to slide the trunk across my hardwood floor easily.

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Now to clean up after my fine, feathered friend. Pets, got to love them.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Canvas Pencil Pouch

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Today I am sharing a lined Canvas Pencil Pouch tutorial from Noodle-head. Whether or not I need another pencil pouch doesn’t matter. What does matter is her tutorial is well-done, easy to follow, and has lots of pictures for someone like me who can’t always decipher instructions. To see the tutorial click HERE. Check it out. It is well worth a go.

 

Betty Boop Fabric

DSC_0822.JPGWhen I first saw this fabric I knew I had to offer it to my customers. Growing up the in 1950’s I had the chance to spend many days watching  Betty Boop cartoons and “Boop Oop Be Doop”-ing throughout the house. I had no idea of her sexuality or scandalous behavior. I thought she was pretty.  That’s all I needed to know at four.

The fabric shows Betty Boop in 2 inch black squares on a white background. Betty is pictured in a tight little red dress and has a black garter on one leg. There are red lips in some of the squares….great for fussy cut applique.
Beautiful!
This is licensed fabric from Camelot Fabrics. King Features Syndicate, Inc./ Fleischer Studios, Inc.

100% cotton fabric. 44 inches wide.
Available by the half yard, each half yard is 18 inches long. The fabric is cut when ordered.
The fabric is new, clean, and comes from a non-smoking home.

Buy It $4.50 per half yard

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Adrienne Vittadini Scarf at Miss Eileen Vintage

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I love the feel of silk on my skin….sexy, yes. Give me a silk scarf that I can wrap around me and feel special and I am in heaven. Here is a vintage Adrienne Vittadini scarf….lovely black and white lines in different patterns and a wide red border. Absolutely beautiful.

The scarf is rectangular and measures an incredible 52 inches in length, 10 inches wide. It has hand-rolled hems.

A wonderful addition to a vintage designer scarf collection.

Excellent vintage condition, no holes or stains.

Adrienne Vittadini, American fashion designer, is known for her designs that have a “Euro-American” look and attitude.  Her designs frequently use vibrant colors and prints.  When she was 12, her family fled Gyor, Hungary during the 1956 Hungarian revolution. In 1979, she started what would become a multimillion-dollar fashion business as a hobby.

 

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Raggedy Ann and Andy Nursery Art

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy Wall Hangings

Made in the USA in the 1970’s

Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, just their names gives one a warm feeling inside. These pictures show Ann in a bright yellow jumper and her trademark gingham in the garden reaching for a watering can. Andy, wearing bib overalls, a gingham shirt, and blue cap  is hard at work hoeing the garden with his bluebird friends at his side.  The pictures are mounted on particle wood boards. Both boards measure 20 inches long by 16 inches wide. Big enough to be seen. There are original holes in the back of each making them easy to hang in the nursery. 

Raggedy Ann is a character created by Johnny Gruelle in a series of books from the early 1900’s he wrote and illustrated. Raggedy Andy was introduced in 1920. 

The Raggedy Ann and Andy pictures are for sale: $45 USD

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Lymphatic Congestion or One Boob is Bigger Than The Other

Good afternoon, everyone! Hope you all are well. Yes, that is a very unusual title. Took me by surprise, too. I don’t know if I told everyone…or anyone outside of Facebook (good place to keep a secret) but I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year soon after I retired from hospital work. I was so caught up with getting things ready for retirement that I forgot about scheduling my mammogram so as soon as things settled down I went in for the mammo.

My heart sunk when I was told I needed more views of my right breast. After the tech took the pictures I knew an ultrasound and possibly a biopsy was in order (she let me look at the pictures. It didn’t look like a cyst). Well, after all was said and done it turned out that I had a 5 mm tumor…an estrogen feeding tumor that didn’t belong. Surgery was indicated followed by radiation treatments….more about that later. The surgery was a partial mastectomy or lumpectomy. “No problems,” they  told me. “We didn’t do anything to your lymph nodes” they said. “Your chances of lymphedema are very slim” I was told so I went on my merry way.

I completed my radiation treatments early November, went up north to visit family for turkey day, then on to Haiti on a medical mission (which was awesome, BTW). Shortly after returning home I noticed swelling of my right boob along with discomfort and dull pain to the axilla (underarm) and around the nipple. I had doctor appointments coming up so I told the doctors about it. They passed it on….did I tell the other oncologist? (Like why would I? I am here!) I finally had enough and called the radiation nurse who said “It sounds like lymphedema.”  WTH! My slim chances became 100%. I then called the lymphedema team at the VA.

What I do have is lymphatic congestion. It is not in my arm, just my right breast. I was taught how to do Lymphatic Massage Drainage (look it up on You Tube. No, you will not see my breast). I already had high impact sports bras (keep the girls in place with a bit of a squish) which helped. I also sleep in a compression t-shirt (Under Armor, short sleeve). I even bought an abdominal binder to really squish the boob and that helped a lot. Reminded me of the movie “Victor/Victoria” with James Garner and Julie Andrews where Julie Andrews played a woman who pretended to be a man who pretended to be a woman. She wore a binder. Kept the girls in place. Good idea.

Well, the congestion is still present but much better after help from my team at the Malcom Randall VAMC in Gainesville, FL so all is well, or better. And why am I telling everyone about this? you might ask. Because I was on Facebook the other night and noticed a post about similar symptoms. I can’t diagnose but I sure can tell her about my experience and use the blog to tell others, too. After all, one boob bigger than the other and holding about 4 pounds of water weight is not normal by any stretch.

Well, that’s all for now. Got to get back to posting patterns on Etsy. I have a bunch of new, uncuts ready to go….and some incredibly cool Hawaiian prints from, where else, Hawaii that I picked up my recent trip.

Love to everyone….and go get your mammogram done. And here is a quick shout out to Alice, the wonderful nurse at the North Florida Cancer Center. She is fabulous. Love my nurse!

Post by Eileen of GoofingOff Sewing at Etsy.