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The Dark Crystal Inspired by Stylin’ Stacy

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 by in 1980's Films, Season 3 | 4 comments

Hello there! I am Stacy of the blog stylinstacy.com. I am also an 80’s girl, so I have seen most of the movies of the 80’s.

Going through all of the movies definitely brought back some memories!

In the end I decided to do Kira from the movie, The Dark Crystal (1982). At the time this movie came out there really wasn’t such a thing as CGI. It was all puppets and actual costumes, and this was a Jim Henson production. I loved it.

My daughter sometimes reminds me of a little elf, so I thought this would be the perfect character for her.

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I still wanted her to be able to wear this outfit out and about, so I decided to do some of the costumes accents on it. Overall, it is a wearable costume that she can still wear to school.

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I made it in two pieces, with a top and leggings. I decided on long sleeves, since we have a 3 month summer and then is it cool or cold the rest of the year. This is the first in her back to school wardrobe.

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The top is very comfortable with knit and a stretch lace that I purchased at SR Harris in MN. If you ever get to the Minneapolis area, it is a destination for fabric lovers. A huge warehouse full of the fabric!

The top is self drafted, but it is just a basic knit bodice with the circle skirt portion in layers. To finish the edges of the lace, I serged them and then turned them under and topstitched. A rolled hem would have worked, as well.

The leaf applique from the costume on the center bodice was replicated by applying Heat n’ Bond to the backside of a cream satin. I drew out the design, cut it out and ironed it onto the knit. Then, I satin stitched around the appliqué. I added the beads, similar to the ones on the costume, but not too large.

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Individual satin leaves were added to the ends of the arms. HnB really makes this much easier. I applied it to the back of the satin, drew out my leaves, cut them out and ironed them on. I just did a straight stitch around the edges and down the middle to make them look like a leaf. Each leaf is unique, and there are four on one arm and five on another. I wanted them to be random, so they are even placed differently.

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Underneath are matching leggings, which are Oliver + S Playtime leggings. The fabric wasn’t very thick, so I am glad the skirt part of the top ended up being a little longer than originally intended. The knit is very soft and comfortable, so she loved how it felt on her.

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All in all I am very happy in how it turned out, and so is she!

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4 Comments

    • Thanks, Rachel! 🙂

  1. Fantastic job Stacy! Your daughter actually looks like her!
    What a great 80’s movie.

    • Thanks, Michelle! I thought she looked pretty similar, so I thought it was a good choice. 🙂

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