Inspector Gadget Inspired

I’m going to be honest. I wasn’t overly excited about the themes for this season of Project Run & Play – until I remembered that Inspector Gadget was an 80’s cartoon! And then I re-read and saw that they want “inspired by” and not a costume. Umm, that’s kinda my jam!

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Naturally, I had to start with the iconic trench coat. I actually drafted this pattern myself and am quite proud of it!

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(October 2nd: If you’re Trick or Treating – you found it!)

The hat is the Elegance & Elephants Fedora – I added a grommet to the top to make the gadgets removable and keep it practical! I knew I could only do a couple gadgets and I chose the lightest options. The flower is a decoration from my kitchen and the badge is just construction paper. I stuffed the gloves a little and hot glued everything together. The “arms” are twisted pipe cleaners and a broken headband :)

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Back to the trench – there are front and back vents, cuff tabs, a wide collar, in-seam pockets, epaulettes, and a box pleat in the back. I found the perfect belt buckle at Goodwill – if you squint a little, it looks like a “G”!

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I know I should have used white or gray buttons, but that was a combination of forgetting to get them at JoAnn’s (which is an hour and a half away) and this being the only color there were 12 of at Walmart!

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I love the way the vent curves into points on the original jacket, so I knew I had to use that feature for both the front and back.

Underneath, he has a tee shirt (self drafted) with the “magna-glass” appliqued on.

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Inspector Gadget is, after all, an Inspector (however hapless) and always on the lookout for clues! John’s much more likely to be on the lookout for dinosaur bones, of course!

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The jeans are Small Fry Skinnies (if you’re surprised by that, you are clearly new here – hi!). I lengthened them a couple inches so they can be cuffed. The boy only grows up, so they’ll probably fit him for years.

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By the way, did you know gloves don’t take dye? I assumed since it’s September now, I’d be able to find a pair of brown gloves no problem – not so! After half an hour of searching I found some white ones on Amazon. I made the perfect shade of yellowy-tan and let them soak for hours. They came out barely ivory… You win some, you lose some – oh well!

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I can’t believe how much I love this outfit! Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Melissa says:

    I am in love with this! I had the hardest time finding inspiration for clothing from most of the 80s cartoons, and of course I forgot about Inspector Gadget. Boo!
    Go Gadget go!

  2. Sally says:

    I my goodness…I love it! I kind of felt that way as well and didn’t really attempt anything. I had completely forgotten about Inspector Gadget! You captured it so well! And the coat is amazing!

  3. Bonnie @ Fishsticks says:

    I just had to pop over and say, “Great Job!” from one Inspector Gadget momma to another! LOL! The details on your little guys jacket are amazing! You did a terrific job drafting it! The rest of the outfit is fabulous, too, and so much fun!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Thanks Bonnie! I love your version, too! It’s so fun to see how many different interpretations there can be from one idea :)

  4. Emily says:

    awww I loved that cartoon, what a fun outfit! this would make a fab halloween costume!! I’m currently hosting a sewing series called Sew Many Books. There is a sew a long {with prizes!} and not many entries ;o) If you have sewed anything inspired by a book in 2014 I’d love for you to come over and link it up. It doesn’t have to be a new project. Head over to Nap-Time Creations and look up Sew Many Books…

  5. Ajaire says:

    Amy we did practically the same outfit!! haha! I expected lots more inspector gadgets than there were, but I didn’t think anyone else would think of the e&e fedora. So funny! I love the gadgets you made! It’s hysterical how they actually come out of the hat. Great job!!

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