It's the first week of our Literary Sewing Circle featuring The Sun Down Motel. Have you found a copy yet? Have you started reading? If so, how are you finding the opening chapters?
This week we'll be looking at one of the storyline eras to inspire a project. This story is partly set in 1982 and partly in 2017 -- today we'll be looking at the 80s.
While the action doesn't move around much, mostly taking place right at the Sun Down Motel or in and around small Fell, NY, there is still scope for some 80s fashion there.
Take a look at this retrospective of 80s fashion in America to get a sense of what was happening, and what might be rescuable! Or take a browse through this lengthy overview of 80s clothing, accessories and makeup for some fun reading (just ignore the 'buy here' links). This is, of course, if you enjoy looking through old 80s style as much as I do.
You might be inspired by some of the colours of the 80s. Viv's new roommate Jenny "never spent her days off at home... Instead she spent her days off at the mall, spending her small paycheck on records or makeup or new shoes -- loafers or low, pointy heels in rainbow colors like bright red or bright yellow, shoes she couldn't wear to work at the nursing home but wanted to have for 'going to a party'."
|Remember this primary colour palette?|
And when Viv arranges to meet Alma at the Turnabout diner, she "was wearing a floral blouse...and she'd put on a yellow sweater over it. She'd considered wearing darker colors to make herself look more serious, but she liked the yellow better."
There are mentions of a woman arriving at the Sun Down Motel in high-waisted jeans and a white blouse with red polka dots, or Viv modelling briefly as a teen, wearing acid wash jeans and a bright purple button down blouse. If you're intrigued and inspired by the colours of the 80s, you can watch this 1980s episode of History in Color. It's about a half hour long, but it's so fascinating it zips by.
Another approach is to look at the potential of patterns sharing a name with some of our characters. The Vivian Vest by Style Arc is not only called by our main character's name, it's also a very 80s silhouette! Imagine wearing this outfit in contrasting primary colours or stark black and white, and you'll fit right in to an 80s office.