80’s Batwing Top for a Hen Weekend

Earlier this year I went to my sister in law’s Hen weekend up in The Lakes. It was a fab weekend and feels like such a long time ago, and to be honest it was!

The Saturday night was an 80’s themed party. Now, I am ever so young and don’t remember the 80’s. No, no that wasn’t me wearing neon socks and neon & black fingerless gloves. No, definitely not me!

Anyhow, I didn’t seem to have any 80’s related clothing left in my wardrobe, so I decided to crack out the sewing machine. I did a quick hunt online and found this super 80’s monochrome knit, it was just £5.99 per metre from Minerva Crafts, which I think was a bit of a bargain!

Black/White Fashion Print Stretch Jersey Clearance Dress Fabric - per metre

I wanted to make a batwing top but didn’t have time to totally draft something from scratch so I based my top on the free Batwing Dress tutorial by Mollytov.


I had only bought a metre of fabric, and I only wanted a top so I made a few amends to the pattern…mostly shorter length and shorter sleeves. Not a bad result I think 80s batwing top on a hanger

Of course the outfit would not have been complete without a splash of neon. I say a splash, but I bought quite a lot of neon yellow stretchy stuff. I made a mini (ish) skirt, a pair of leg warmers and a scrunchie! Totally classy, but very 80’s, no?

80's Batwing TopNow the question is, do you think I can get away with wearing my 80’s inspired top again in a non-fancy dress scenario…perhaps with some skinny jeans? too risky?

80s batwing top sleeve detail


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4 thoughts on “80’s Batwing Top for a Hen Weekend

    1. LittleBlackDuck Post author

      I think you might be right Katie! Just need my thighs to be a bit skinnier to get into my skinny jeans!


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