The movie before me (with posts from Jennifer and Melissa) was Whip It. How does that link to Ever After? Through Drew Barrymore, of course! Drew Barrymore has been in a ton of movies, but choosing one was easy for me because my girls LOVE Ever After! They watch it with Grandma all the time, so I'm pretty familiar with the clothes in the show.
However, even though I love the clothes in the movie (and would honestly love to walk around dressed like this every day!) they aren't exactly 21st century friendly except as costumes. So I needed to come up with a modern version similar to this outfit while staying somewhat true to the late 15th century. No problem, right?!?
I love this look on Drew's face! I'm pretty sure I've seen the same look from my kids a few times ;)
As I watched and rewatched (and rewatched again) Ever After, the things that stuck out the most were the layers and the square necklines. There was also a fair amount of trims and braids used as embellishment. So I tried to use those elements, while pretty much ignoring everything else, such as floor length hems and detachable sleeves, neither of which seemed like a good idea for a four year old! Also, I wanted every piece to be versatile enough to wear separately, so I wouldn't be making an outfit that only gets worn when we're in a 15th century mood, which, just in case you were wondering, is actually quite rare.
Both the dress and the tunic underneath are patterns from two of my Japanese pattern books. The dress is a combination of patterns C & L from this book, and the tunic is pattern 2 on pattern sheet A from this book. The book says it is pattern A and then has an uppercase B next to the directions, so it actually took me a while to find the correct pattern for the tunic. I guess B and 2 are interchangeable when translated from Japanese to English. The faux leather leggings are made from the Abby's Footed Tights pattern by The Wolf and the Tree which I already blogged about here.
This outfit was quite fun to make since it is so different from what I usually make, but it was something of a pain. First, the fabric used for the cream tunic was awful. It was impossible to find the grain, and then once I did, I couldn't keep it from twisting all over the place. Then it liked to slide all over the place as I sewed. I ended up trimming the fabric a whole lot more than I normally do just to make seams line up properly. I originally bought the fabric to make a shirt for myself, but I'm seriously rethinking that plan right now! And then for the dress, I chose one of the easiest fabrics to work with, pima cotton broadcloth, which irons and sews like a dream. But I screwed that up by using metallic bias tape which frays, slides all over the place, and has no stretch to speak of. I probably won't be using that again either!
Dress - Pima cotton broadcloth, metallic bias tape
Leggings - Stretch faux leather from Joann's
Shirt - Twill weave rayon challis from Cali Fabrics
Boots - Target
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And then don't forget to check out the rest of the posts:
- Monday Dec. 7: Free Notion | Creative Counselor
- Tuesday Dec. 8: A Jennuine Life | Climbing the Willow | Bonus Stops! Rebel and Malice | Cindy Parrett
- Wednesday Dec. 9: Lauren Fazio | Falafel and the Bee | Bonus Stop! That’s What She Crafted
- Thursday Dec. 10: Paisley Roots | The Wholesome Mama
- Friday Dec. 11: It’s Been Taylored | Mae & K
- Monday Dec. 14: Simple.Blessed | Pincushion Porcupine
- Tuesday Dec. 15: Call Ajaire | Lulu & Celeste
- Wednesday Dec. 16: Work Pray Sew | Pear Berry Lane | Bonus Stop! Adventures With Bubba and Bug
- Thursday Dec. 17: Ali Cat & Co | Feathers Flights | Bonus Stops! Friends Stitched Together | Knot Sew Normal
- Friday Dec. 18: MSL Creations | Creative Counselor | Bonus Stop! Make It Sew Seattle