I had to play along with this week’s them over at Project Run and Play. It’s 80’s Cartoon Inspiration. Not costumes, but practical kids’ clothing inspired by the shows I vegged out to on Saturday mornings and after school, growing up. Oh, yeah! I chose a cartoon both my husband and I watched and loved as kids, Dungeons & Dragons.
The premise of the show is six kids get on a ride at an amusement park called, can you guess? Dungeons and Dragons. Somehow, during the ride, they’re transported into another dimension where they are met by the Dungeon Master who gives them their weapons and assignments, and then they have to go off and fight dragons and a guy with horns named Vector, all while trying to figure out how to get back to their home dimension. Or something. It’s been a while.
But I loved this show as a kid! My sisters and I all watched it together. It’s the only cartoon I remember us all watching, since there was a total of 11 year age spread across the five of us. My second oldest sister had a crush on the leader of the D&D gang, Hank the Ranger. He was cool and level headed and had a longbow that shot light arrows, and feathered hair. Total dream boat. So that’s the look I used for my inspiration. In the cartoon, the Ranger wears a leather tunic with what I’m guessing are studs (?), a hooded shirt, and green tights. But what would Hank wear if he was transported to 2014?
I’m going to go with this:
Motorcycle jacket, green hoodie, and camo pants. And his mom’s sunglasses he stole and then looked so good in, she decided to just go with it.
The hoodie is the Skyline Hoodie from Ottobre 4/2013. It’s huge. I knew, from looking at the sample in the magazine, that it would be an oversized fit, and it is. It actually fits me, other than the sleeve length! Hopefully that means Kael won’t outgrow it in the next couple of weeks. I really love the cross-over design of the hoodie at the neckline, just like what Hank wears in the cartoon.
I used a soft knit interlock from Nuttal’s in Salt Lake in kelly green for the hoodie. So it’s pretty much an oversized hooded tee shirt, instead of a sweatshirt. All the seams are fully finished, inside and out, making it reversible, in case Kael every decides he’d rather not broadcast his D&D love.
And just how big of a nerd am I? Well. Instead of sleeping one night, I laid a bed and came up with a crest that would symbolize all six characters from the cartoon. It’s pretty impressive, I know. The wizard, the cavalier, the thief, the acrobat, the barbarian, and the archer, all rolled up into one awe-inspiring iron-on crest.
If you want to be as nerdy as me, you can download my design HERE (hosted on Craftsy, affiliate link).
The image is already reversed for you, so be aware of that when printing. I used TAP (affiliate link) and markers to trace out my design, then ironed it directly onto the finished hoodie.
I just thought this was a cool picture.
Next, the pants.
Also Ottobre, this time from 4/2014, Willy W Pants. I wanted a green pant, but I needed something that was practical for a kid that doesn’t really pay much attention to matching and coordinating. Camo is a neutral, so says me, and it brought the green of Ranger’s look in nicely without the fear of my kid trying to head for school totally clashing with whatever shirt he throws on with them. They’re just a basic pant: hip pockets, zip fly, back patch pockets. The leg fronts are cut as three pieces, but that detail is lost in the camo print I used. The fabric is twill from Jo-Ann, the same I used for the Urban Hoodie in my STYLO shoot.
And then there’s the jacket.
A motorcycle jacket in treated canvas with all the bells and whistles. The shoulders are quilted, zippered pockets, zippered cuffs, fully lined. It’s pretty rad. Unfortunately, I screwed up at the waistband. I wasn’t paying attention to the pattern while sewing, and thought I’d cut the waistband too long. So I trimmed it to fit the bottom of the jacket. The pattern is designed so that the waistband crossed over in front by a couple of inches. I lost that by trimming, and am super bummed about it. blergh.
Honestly, this thing was kind of a beast to sew. The cuffs completely confused me, but I finally got them figured out. And the end result is just so incredibly cool.
And I think it’s a pretty good update to Hank’s leather tunic. You know, if the Dungeon Master ever decides to send the kids back to our dimension, only 30 years after they first left.
Yep, I’d follow this Ranger into battle, or onto an inter-dimensional roller coaster.
Jacket: Motorcycle Jacket by Ottobre, 4/2014, pattern #40. Size 152. Fabric is treated outdoor canvas from an unkown eBay seller
. Lining is from Fabric.com Hardware is from Jo-Ann Stores
Hoodie: Skyline Hoodie by Ottobre 4/2013, pattern #40. Size 152. Fabric is interlock knit blend from Nuttal’s in SLC
Pants: Willy W Pants by Ottobre 4/2014, pattern #38. Size 158. Fabric is camouflage twill from Jo-Ann Stores
Boots: Palladium (affiliate link)
Glasses: Zulily (affiliate link)