The “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” Outfit
Fabric: Jersey knit (top), denim (skirt)
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3496 (top), self-drafted (skirt)
Year: Contemporary but 1980s-inspired
Notions: Interfacing, snap, invisible zipper
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: To brighten up a long day of meetings and emails
Wear again? Yes, but mostly likely not together
Total Price: $22
Choosing a character to inspire my sewing for the TV Challenge was totally easy because I have spent the last couple of years watching (well, mostly re-watching) Seasons 1 through 3 of Cheers on Netflix. It was one of the top sitcoms on American television for years and it’s a great show for spying the extremes of 80’s fashion.
In the early seasons (the best ones), the main cast was ex-ballplayer-turned bar owner, Sam Malone…the adorably dense and lovable old-timer, Coach…the sassy always-pregnant waitress, Carla… witty regulars, Norm Peterson and Cliff Claven…and, of course, DIANE CHAMBERS. The snooty, wanna-be poet turned waitress, whose roller coaster love affair with Sam ends when she meets psychiatrist, Frasier Krane (who becomes the title character of an awesome spinoff show).
Diane, played by Shelley Long, always looked like she’d memorized the “How to Look Like an 80’s TV Star” handbook. From the requisite big hair (for several episodes, her big blonde hair was aided by a bad perm) to pointy pumps, Diane Chambers was the material girl of her time.
I sewed an 80’s-retro looking dolman top and gathered skirt inspired by the outfit Diane wore in the opening episode of Season 3 when she returns from treatment after a nervous breakdown (brought on after a dramatic breakup with Sam).
The jersey top sewed up fast as hell. The pattern will get A LOT of use as its the t-shirt basic my wardrobe’s been missing. I added a waistband to my standby dirdnl skirt and sewed it up in a surprisingly lightweight denim.
With this outfit, I’ve officially answered the question, What Would Diane Wear?
I’m just missing the apron and superior attitude.
Cheers was a well-written, witty, 30-year old sitcom that still makes me laugh. My favorite part of the show was it’s memorable theme song.
Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
And they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
Our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.
Thanks for looking.