Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Have You Seen This Fabric?

It is named Outfits (!) and is a print in the Little Apples collection by Aneela Hoey's for Moda Fabrics. I am in love with it and check it out every time I am in Quilting Adventures, my local quilting store. Because it's from Moda Fabrics it is much softer than the typical quilting cottons found at JoAnns or Hancocks.

Wouldn't this print be adorable in a retro-inspired short-sleeved camp blouse? Yes, yes, I am still inspired by the costumes for Amy Adams in The Muppets, especially the heart emblazoned blouse worn with the bird skirt.

Images: Fat Quarter Shop

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fashion In Film: The Muppets (2011)

Director: James Bobin
Jason Segal, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper
Costume Designer: Rahil Afiley

A nice simple cotton dress with a few interesting details, the ruching on the outer sides of the princess seams, two identical bows at neckline center, and the wide and lovely purple suede? belt

Now, this dress has some spice to it. Check out the wild almost Ikat print of turquoise and green; the matching belt, and those massive tulip sleeves. Note that the neckline and sleeve hems are bound with self-fabric binding.

Here is a sweet blouse and skirt combination. I love the pin-tucked front with the white porcelain-like buttons and that full skirt with the painted on or embroidered floral design. Hey, isn't that the same purple belt? Yes, and it matches the skirt perfectly! It also makes story sense as the character was on a week's vacation. If you notice in the film, she also wears the same style shoes, the Jig in different colors. (sorry, already sold out!)

Jig by Seychelle Shoes

This little number only has about 4 seconds of screen time but the photos show it to be something special. An all-over eyelet fabric lain over a red fabric which gives the dress an icing pink tint from a distance. I notice that the Colette Ceylon dress is somewhat similar to this style if you wish to replicate Mary's dress.

Now this blouse is my favorite, not because of the style but because of that wild semi-floral print and the sweet translucent mint green buttons. It looks like a Japanese double gauze, doesn't it? Perhaps Nani Iro? If it isn't vintage it might not be so hard to find. In fact, later in the film she wears a top that I actually tried on (and photographed!) in Anthropologie a few seasons ago.

Poster image, on display at the ArcLights Sherman Oaks cinema

This outfit only appears on the poster and not in the movie but it's so cute I had to look it up too. The poster doesn't show the skirt but I found a picture of the costume on display. I love the mix of prints, stylized red hearts on white and soaring black birds on red brocade satin. Also, notice the quilted matching belt? The blouse has a ruffled button placket and Bishop sleeves. The entire outfit is very Prada (or Miu Miu), isn't it?

The best dress! Unfortunately, this one also isn't in the movie but only on one of the many parody posters that Disney did. This harvest orange/red brocade with golden ochre flowers is probably vintage. Note the crisp knife pleats at the front of the skirt only and the double bow waist decoration in lieu of a belt. This is the second time that one of the costumes has had two parallel bows placed together...and I like it.

Images: Disney Pictures, Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props

Friday, December 16, 2011

Have You Seen This?

What we have all been waiting for...a Hey Girl site specifically for crafters and sewists! LUV IT!!

Here at: Handmade Ryan Gosling

Remember you can submit suggestions to the site at handmaderyangosling at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

So, This Happened...

I am fine, but my car sure isn't. My poor sixteen year-old Honda, the first car that I ever bought now in my first ever car accident. Good times, good times...

On my way to work, hit by a car going through a red light, luckily he only hit the front because otherwise, he would have rammed into the driver side and me.

Taking some ibuprofen and going to sleep now.

UPDATE: In rental car (sweet!), his insurance accepted liability, and now just waiting on an estimate of the damage.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Go See The Muppets!

Obviously, many people already have or it wouldn't have made $69,837,000 already! If you haven't gone yet, go now.

As I said (hah! get it?) earlier, I'm a Muppet fan from way back. In fact, my friend A. and I realized that at our age we're actually the original Muppet fans. So, go bask in waves of nostalgia as all of the songs and characters that you've loved over the years appear on screen.

Sweetums, Walter, Jason Segal, and Amy Adams

If you were ever a fan of the show, you are quaranteed to love this movie. The songs are clever (written by Bret McKensie, one half of the Flight of Conchords) the dance sequences fun, and the celebrity cameos numerous. And for the readers of my blog, Amy Adam's retro Smalltown-USA wardrobe is adorable. If you enjoyed the costumes of Pushing Up Daisies then you're gonna like this too. Expect another Fashion In Film post all about the clothes soon.

I would love to send you to Youtube to see clips but I think it's better if you go in with no expectations. However, I will embed one of their movie spoof trailers. Enjoy!

So go and enjoy an amazingly written (Thanks Jason Segal!) movie. Oh and if you have kids, you can take 'em. However, it's not required.

Images: Box Office Mojo

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Rounding the Bend...

Yes, those Pajama Game dresses were lovely but let's move on.

Did I ever tell you I was taking a class this semester? Well, I did and it's done now! Whew! I now officially have one more class (already signed up in) in the spring and I will be done. Yes, and I actually believe it this time. My only problem is the money to pay for it; I paid for this last class by installment, but I'm sure something will work out.*

So, no more school until January 17. However, there are two sewing projects (Pastille, Vogue duster) that I vowed HAVE TO BE DONE before the New Year and some dozen holiday gifts to be made. Luckily, I won't see some family members and friends until after the festivities so I have some extra time, but there are still at least five that need to be done in less than two weeks. Have I started? HECK NO!

This weekend will hopefully be a busy one with the sewing and a very much anticipated viewing of The Muppets movie!! I am not ashamed to admit that I own soundtracks to the original The Muppet Movie (1979)and the John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979) TV special. Also, in the last few years I've developed a little bit of a crush on Pepe the King Prawn. Okay?

*Though some sales in my Etsy shop would certainly help. Hint, hint.