This week is the kickoff of the new season of Project Run and Play, and the first theme was 80’s Cartoons. I thought of all the normal cartoons, but what stood out to me the most was Popeye, and YES, there was a new Popeye series in the 80s. I LOVE Popeye, and all the classic cartoons.
Since I have plenty of children to work with, I decided to do both Popeye and Olive Oyl for my inspiration. :FUN FACT: My husband’s nickname growing up was Popeye. My Dad called me Olive Oyl because I was a bony tall thing with ginormous feet. So you can say that Popeye holds s special place in my heart.
I made a simple white tank with gold trim and a deep v back, a cropped vest with a red and black shawl style lapel and some blue high waisted shorts, inspired by the sailor look. The shorts were improvised from the summer shorties pattern from Baste + Gather, and the tank and vest were self drafted.
|Tank top-self drafted
Vest: self drafted
Shorts: Summer Shorties
Shoes: Thrifted vans
Then for Olive Oyl, I made a full pleated skirt, a tank top and a red cardigan. I used the Petit Pan halter pattern from Winter Wear designs and made it criss cross back, upcycled an old work shirt of my husbands and upcycled a red sweater adding lace for the “scallop” neck that Olive Oyl wears.
I was pretty ecstatic with the outcome without looking costume-y!
One of the best things about this sewing project for me was that all my patterns were FREE, self drafted or upcycling. And I only spent 50 cents to buy the blue for the shorts. Everything else was in my stash already!
|Tank top: Petit Pan Halter
Cardigan: Upcycled/self drafted
Skirt: Upcycled/self drafted
This was a lot of fun to throw my spin on a fun era of memories for my generation. I can’t wait to see what I come up with for the next one.
Thanks for visiting. What 80s cartoon inspired you?
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