It’s been a really fun week, starting with the Studio Retreat last weekend here in Ann Arbor. We had such an awesome group of ladies here, and a lot of great sewing and learning happened. It was really, really fun. Shannon (one of the attendees) wrote a lovely post about it so if you want to see her pictures and notes on the weekend, you should definitely check out her post.
We told the kids what the baby is going to be (any guesses???) this week, and that was really fun. My belly continues to get plenty of kisses and snuggles, and Elliot and Clementine keep reminding me not to “squash it!”
Film Petit was the big project this week, and it was totally worth it.
My studio was also featured last week on the Creativebug blog, so you can head over there to see a really nice interview and studio tour, and check out the other artists’ studios as well!!
We continue to work very hard on the Washi Expansion Pack (I swear…that Peter Pan collar is going to be the death of me…we just keep tweaking, and tweaking…but it will be JUST. RIGHT. IF. IT. KILLS. ME) and Josephine Sewing Patterns, which I know many of you are waiting (maybe not-so-patiently…) for. It’s really hard not to just release it the way it is and be done with it, but I know it will be worth it to get it right. I know that so many of you appreciate the amount of effort that goes into making it just right.
If you’ve made something from my patterns, you can share your photos too! Click on any of the photos below to see the photo pools.
Have a great weekend everyone!!!
Today’s post is a very special post!!! If you’ve heard of the “Film Petit” series hosted by Jessica of A Little Gray and Kristin of skirt as top, you know that it’s an ongoing blog series where Kristin and Jess and another guest blogger make (often hilarious) costumes for their children inspired by their favorite films.
Well today, I’m the guest blogger, and just in case you haven’t guessed it yet, the film is one of my favorites…ZOOLANDER! Yes. That hilarious Ben Stiller film from way back in 2001. Famous for great one-liners (“I feel like I’m taking CRAZY PILLS”) and amazing costumes, especially on the men, which made it the perfect challenge for Film Petit.
Of course I thought Elliot would make the perfect Hansel, with his blond shaggy hair. In the movie, Hansel is played by Owen Wilson, and is an up-and-coming scooter-riding male model who wins the Male Model of the Year award instead of Derek Zoolander, the movie’s main character, who has won three prior years in a row and considers himself a shoo-in. Their ensuing rivalry turns to friendship when they have to team up to prevent Mugatu (played by Will Ferrell) from killing the Malaysian prime minister.
In the movie, Hansel wears an amazing blue suede fur-lined coat complete with gold trimmings to the Male Model Awards, and though it’s only on screen for a few minutes, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make one.
When Hansel rides up on his scooter to the awards and jumps into the air, you can see that the lining is gold lame and he even has a gold vest on under there.
Elliot’s coat was made with fleece (which actually approximates the look of suede pretty well without the $$$ pricetag) and faux fur, and I did manage the gold lame lining and trim, along with a pair of semi-sparkly (though you can’t quite see this as well as I’d hoped) gold linen pants to match. Along with a necklace and tattoo to match Hansel’s, he really got into character, as you can see.
Hansel has some pretty hilarious lines…
“I wasn’t like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Richard Gere’s a real hero of mine.”
“Sting. Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.”
“Who are you tryin’ to get crazy with, ese? Don’t you know I’m loco?”
And here’s my little Hansel, riding his scooter to the award show:
I had so much fun planning and making this costume, and Elliot LOVES it, though I have to admit he probably loves the crayola-marker tattoo even more. He really wanted to wear it to school to show his friends.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my version of Hansel!! Now you definitely need to head over to skirt as top for some hilarious walk-off photos with Kristin’s little Derek and Hansel, and then over to A Little Gray for the perfect Maury Ballstein and Hansel-inspired sweater dress. You can access links to ALL of the Film Petit posts from this post or visit the Film Petit flickr pool to see what everyone’s been making!
Thanks so much for having me Kristin and Jess!!
About a month ago, Liesl of Oliver+S launched her new line of women’s patterns for fall under the Liesl + Co. brand. She sent over advance copies of the new patterns so I could give them a try, and this one, the Late Lunch Tunic, caught my eye because I knew it would be perfect for hiding my ever-growing baby bump!
I’m super excited for Liesl as she expands her already high-quality pattern offerings to include not only children’s but also women’s. Liesl is known for writing exceptional patterns, and these live up to the standard we’ve come to expect from her; they include carefully written, clear instructions as well as helpful additional information (such as how to perform a bust adjustment on the pattern pieces) along with her expertly drawn pattern pieces. Any of the others would be excellent additions to the home sewist’s pattern collection as well.
I chose a red chambray for the tunic after seeing the cover shot for the pattern in a grey chambray; I’d also love to try this in a lighter-weight fabric, but this one drapes quite nicely. And although the tunic definitely has the potential to accommodate a larger pregnancy belly, I like that it really doesn’t read “pregnant,” in fact up until about this week you really couldn’t tell I was preggers while wearing it (these pics are a couple weeks old). A definite plus for anyone wishing to hide extra waist-smooshiness for sure. Here’s my best attempt to show baby bumpage:
I think it looks great on me, but I think I could probably drop the yoke just a bit yet because I think it”s hitting me a little higher than it’s supposed to (just judging from the cover shot, at least? Maybe I just need to go up a size?). It also looks great on the fuller-busted as well (check out this full-bust-adjusted version by Robin Bobbin, I think it may be my favorite version of the tunic that I’ve seen so far).
You can purchase the Late Lunch Tunic, along with Liesl’s other new women’s patterns, in digital form over on the Liesl + Co. page on her website!
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