Vintage May // 70’s schoolyard nerd

Today I get to share something I’m pretty smitten with, you guys. Have you heard of Vintage May? It’s hosted by Kristin of Skirt As Top and Jessica of Craftiness Is Not Optional. All kinds of vintage is dished up for you to feast on in the month of May. And I get to play! Hey!

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So, what do you think of when the word “vintage” is thrown out there? For me, the first idea bubble is always of the 50’s and 60’s – an era so full of inspiration and amazing style and colors that it’s almost impossible not to go there. But in my dorky little head, the thing that kept popping up was “vintage concert tee”. That comfy old worn in and faded relic of an era long past.

My mind gradually drifted into the 70’s and early 80’s, into a time when classic rock and new technology was breaking over the culture. And eventually I was seeing kids trading baseball cards, reading comics, and playing atari, and was laughing as I imagined the teen scenes of Caddyshack (DOODIE!!!!)

From that mish mash of stream of consciousness, my look was made……

The 70’s schoolyard nerd

(also I hope you woke up this morning with a burning desire to see a ton of ridiculous pictures of my kids, because your WISH WILL COME TRUE, SON!)

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

We begin our time in the 70’s schoolyard of nerd with Clover and Violet, just being chill by the baseball fence.

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Both of our retro nerds are dressed in racer style short shorts – made with the Kid Shorts Pattern by Dana

To ensure era appropriate leg baring, I sewed Clover’s in a 3 year size for her tall beanpole 5 year old frame. Violet’s is a 2 year size for her shorter almost 4 year old frame. Knobby knees and chicken thighs – gifts of the 70’s from me to you.

Fabrics: Leftkelly green Kaufman corduroy from fabric.com, and some really old white corduroy from my stash. Right: Burnt orange linen from G street fabrics, and mustard linen from Joann.

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Violet’s tank is an upcycle of my husband’s faux vintage schoolhouse rock tee – sewn from an altered version of the flashback skinny tee pattern by Rae

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

“I’m just a pill! – I mean bill!”

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Our next stop in the 70’s schoolyard of nerd is a break to read some sweet vintage comics (ok so Clover has a Spiderman loves Mary Jane from a few years ago, but the others are legit vintage.)

A day in the life of a kid with no smartphone isn’t complete without a few pages of their favorite comic book characters. Trade you when you finish yours?

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

vintage may - seventies nerd by girl like the sea

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Our little Atari loving nerd girl pauses to consider what else she’ll occupy her afternoon with, as she swelters in the afternoon heat of “Springtime” in Virginia.

Her shirt is made with an altered version of the raw edged raglan from Sewing For Boys. Non raw edged, sewn in a 2/3t size, neckline widened, and sleeves cut to a 3/4 length. The graphic is a freezer paper stencil made and painted by me. It seriously fills me with delight every time I see it. Is it too much to pat myself on the back with an armatron?

Fabrics: mystery pink/mauve heathered jersey from G street fabrics, upcycled dirty old gap under tee of my husband’s

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

My intention for this shoot was to catch magic hour in the school yard. Instead, we were just ahead of it and got full on blasted by the late afternoon sun. Violet and her stormtrooper imagined they were walking across Tatooine.

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Next stop, the track! Can’t skip the track with racer shorts like those.

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Violet made sure to limber up before sprinting off in to the sunset

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

The force. What else?

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Our little dancing queen decides to take a walk on the wild side……

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Those shorts make me hungry for a happy meal in a plastic lunch box. With a side of string bean.

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

All that running will wear a girl out. One might say that they are…..running on empty?

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

Her second (earth) wind (and fire) seems to be coming back enough for one more stop on the 70’s school yard tour

the 70's school yard nerd for vintage may by girl like the sea

A quick swing on the bars, and our time in the school yard is done. The bell is ringing and it’s time to head back to class.

I truly had SO MUCH FUN sewing for vintage may. Hatching the plan, shopping for fabric, and watching the little outfits come together was hilarious and exciting. I’m pretty sure I need to dress my kids like this all the time. Sorry, Kristin, for the barrage of in-progress photos.

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the blog world!

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Ute says

    I wake up every morning with a burning desire to see a ton of ridiculous pictures of your kids. So glad you did not go 50s or 60s! This is so cool! And I totally wore outfits like this when I was a kid. Even with the pigtails! Yes, I am that old. Born and raised in the 70s :-)

  2. says

    As always, your creations are amazing. I love the 70s looks– I’m pretty sure I looked just like this in 1978ish. I haven’t ever tried freezer paper stenciling. Your recently posted super awesome tees have convinced me I need to get on it!
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  3. Mie @ Sewing Like Mad says

    Are you kidding me!!? THIS is sooooo funny and cool and awesome and funky and….yeah you just keep on going :-) LOVE it!

  4. Sarah says

    WHAT A FAB PHOTO SHOOT (outdoors in different locations) . . . of your 2 girls wearing “70’s vintage inspired” Ts & running shorts you’ve sewn. Love your color choices and fabrics for shorts: corduroy & linen. I agree with An’s comments, too. You designed the ATARI logo design — COOL and authentic! You 3 experienced a FUN afternoon out in the sunshine as you captured these FAB girls’ stylish looks. THANKS for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  5. says

    I pretty much ADORE every single one of these photos. Your girls look like they are having the time of their lives in their new duds! Which are SOOO adorable! I just can’t help but crack up at their cute poses! thanks Tara!!

  6. says

    i don’t like these outfits, i LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!

    thanks soooo much for joining us in Vintage May, Tara! they’re just way too cute – i wanna give Violet a big squeeze and Clover a high five. Bonus that Hawthorne can wear pretty much all this stuff when he gets bigger, too…and how adorable will THAT be?! gah. you’re awesome and so are your kids. :D
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  7. says

    This is seriously brilliant! It has me all nostalgic for the 70s. I love everything about it–ATARI! And the yellow toned photos. Thanks for making me smile.

  8. Beverly says

    Love it! I remember wearing shorts just like those in the 70s! My mom almost bought us an Atari system, but decided against it (bummer!). But my cousins had one and I remember playing Space Invaders and Missile Command like crazy!

    Your girls are so adorable, and I love the outfits. And your photography is amazing. Their personalities come through in each picture. Great job!

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