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Christmas Party – 80s Style!

I’ve just been to my SECOND Christmas party! This was a fancy dress party

– 80s theme! Time to get sewing!! 

For my ‘outfit’ (I’m on the right) 


I had an old skirt with a broken zip. I read on ForeverFierce how to bleach denim and thought I’d try and revamp this sad skirt that I’d never wear again…..

I laid it out in the bath and squirted neat bleach on it, and left it about 20 minutes. 

It turned a mucky yellow colour…….

Then I washed it on a quick 40 degree wash. I chopped the peplum off the bottom and using my ruffling foot made a ra-ra inspired trim which I stitched behind the lower edge. 

For the white cropped top, dare I say it, think I should whisper, I used my Sobertto pattern, without the pleat at the centre front. 

For the blue top I used McCalls 6648 which I’ve previously used to made 2 dresse and a grey top. It’s a really versatile pattern and easily adapted. Previously blogged about here.  


I made view C (the pink one) but changed to a round neck and omitted the lower band.

The leg warmers were made using some blue rib. 

I completed my outfit with pink opaque tights, a beautiful beaded necklace and homemade earrings. 

We laughed all night!

Gemma on the left found an old white dress in her wardrobe. My ruffling foot sprung into action and I made a 2 tired ra-ra on the bottom. I used my white Sorbetto as a template to make a bright top to go over the dress. I also made a belt but she decided not to wear that. She didn’t thing it went. Did anything!?!?

Gemma’s outfit which I made in my break at work.

She was then in a dilemma about colour tights would go. I received a panicky message whilst she was out shopping – yellow or green!? She opted for yellow, which went lovely with her silver ankle warmers and white stilettos. 

All the fabric was from my stash so both of the outfits cost nothing! 

We crimped out hair, donned our co-ordinating head bands and nervously headed for the party. 

It was amazing! I won’t bore you with lots of pix, but here’s a few of my favourites:

Boy George

The Umpa Lumpas were brilliant – seen on the left.


Wham – complete with fake tan from Home Bargains! And no, it didn’t wash off!!


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