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Summer 1982 Fashion Trends – Bare Midriffs, Knickers and Floral Hawaiian Wrap Shorts Were Rad!

1980's Wrap Shorts Simplicity 5529 Sewing PatternIt was the Summer of 1982. “Don’t You Want Me” from The Human League was on top of the summer music charts and everyone was wearing Hawaiian Wrap Shorts with matching tied-up, midriff shirts. Oh! Let’s not forget knickers and Tropical Vans, just to complete the look. As if the 1980’s weren’t already rad enough, it looks like we are revisiting this totally awesome decade!  There has been a trend toward higher waist line jeans, wrap-style shorts, and wrap-style dresses. Bare midriff’s are everywhere, complete with 80’s style, button down shirts, tied up to show just a little sliver of skin.  It looks like it’s time to put this vintage sewing pattern back into circulation and make some trendy wrap-style shirts and shorts!

Simplicity 5529 Wrap Shorts Knickers Pants Sewing Pattern


Simplicity 5529 “Overnight Success” Sewing Pattern

ca. 1982

Size 14 (Bust 36″ – Waist 28″ – Hip 38″)

Uncut Pattern

Description from envelope: MISSES’ SHIRT, FRONT-WRAP PANTS, KNICKERS AND SHORTS: Top-stitched button front shirt V.1, 2 and 3 has notched collar and cap type raglan sleeves. Wrapped shorts V.1, knickers V.2 and pants V.3 have front waistband fastened in back and back waistband tied in front. V.2 knickers are tied at knee.

Suggested Fabrics: Cotton types: broadcloth, chambray, challis, crinkled cotton. Handkerchief linen. Silk Types. Extra fabric needed to match plaids, stripes, one-way designs. Not suitable for obvious diagonal fabrics.

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