Not to be confused with a different type of 'up skirt'.....
When I started out on the year-long Sew Weekly challenges, it took me a while to get into my stride and get organised enough to sew a new garment or outfit per week AND blog about it here on Fanbloomingtastic.
So here's a make I made for "inspired by the movies" Sew Weekly challenge that some of you might have seen, but others might not....
Fabric: all scraps from my stash and leftovers from previous projects (mostly cotton, some silk pieces)
Patterns: Butterick 4686 (2nd time using)
Notions: Value pack of Steam-A-Seam 2 $4.99 (but only 4 sheets used), a sheet of HP Iron On transfers (had a pack from a few years back), white baby rikrak from previous project, old Boy Scout badges found in a thrift store for $2
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: 20th February 2012
Wear again? Yes, but not together.
Total price: About $6
Film inspiration provided by: Up
The challenge: “In anticipation for next Sunday’s Academy Award 2012 ceremony, we’re using past Oscar winners and nominees as inspiration for our creations”.
I present for your amusement some Up skirt photos (which I’m sure are going to make some who land on this site after googling “up skirt photos” very disappointed, as I bet they weren't looking for a Pixar-inspired creation):
I've called it my "Using 'UP' my scraps skirt". Oh I'm such a wit.
So as you can see, my inspiration was the Pixar/Disney movie Up. It won 2 Oscars in 2010 (Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature) but was nominated for 5 in all (the others being Best Motion Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Sound Editing).
Up means a lot to our family. It was one of the movies that was showing on the airplane when we flew to the USA to move here. It felt serendipitous - permission to start a new adventure in a foreign land.
I firmly hold with Ellie’s beliefs that life in itself is an adventure and should be lived to the full. You don’t need to go to Paradise Falls to find it….it can be right on your doorstep, if you just keep your eyes open.
I found a pic of the Up house on the internet that I liked and printed it on HP Iron On Transfer paper. Using these instructions I ironed this onto some spare white cotton and put the house to one side for a bit.
I drew a template shape of a balloon and cut out multiple balloon shapes out of lots of scraps of fabric in my stash. I then placed these on one of the tacky sides of the Steam-a-Seam 2 sheets.
As you can see, some of the shapes I just used crescents instead of the complete balloon shape as I wanted to minimise the weight on the skirt. I then peeled off the paper backings of the balloons/crescents and placed them on the skirt and moved them about (they are tacky but don’t stick until you iron them) until I was happy with the shape.
I ironed them onto the skirt in rows, and before adding the final few balloons, cut lengths of white baby rikrak to be secured underneath them. I also put a rogue, floating away balloon and ‘string’ on the front and back of the skirt for added ‘whimsy’.
Pinning the other end of the ‘balloon strings’ under the chimney of the Up house transfer, I used a zigzag stitch that was very thin and very short with blue thread to match the skirt to sew the top half of the house onto the skirt. I wanted some of the house to dangle off the edge of the skirt’s hem.
For the purposes of the photoshoot, but probably not to wear out in public…..unless perhaps for Halloween…..I made an orange neckscarf out of fabric from my stash and a brown sash from an old pillowcase. On one of my regular thrift store treasure hunting expeditions I’d spotted some old Boy Scout patches and badges, a job lot for just $2 and these couldn’t be more perfect to sew onto the sash. Where I didn’t quite have enough I made extras out of felt.
And so there’s my Oscar inspired (using) Up (my scraps) skirt. Made last year inbetween trips to the dentist, oral & maxillofacial surgeon to have a huge abcess dealt with, under the influence of vicodin, and having to entertain the kids on Presidents Day. This could also explain why I forgot to blog it here!
And here’s Melchett teaching me how to climb up a ladder whilst Goth Child took the photos. Yeah, because I've never climbed a ladder before Melchie!
I've worn the skirt quite a lot over the past year, especially with this purple top...seen during last year's Me Made May:
In hindsight I wish I'd used a slightly heavier weight sky blue fabric but it's ok.....the kids I volunteer with love it when I wear it to school. It gets a better response than even my Spider-Man dress.
Hey, do you want to know one of my favourite lines from Up?
Dug (the Dog): “Hey, I know a joke! A squirrel walks up to a tree and says, “I forgot to store acorns for the winter and now I am dead.” Ha! It is funny because the squirrel gets dead”.
*childish laughing comes from Tempest's direction because she's a big kid and has a strange sense of humour*
If you want to check out other skirts, dresses, hats, coats, etc I've sewn - check out the new archive page I'm gradually constructing here.
And look at that, I managed a whole blog post without mentioning David Bowie......oh phooey...... ;)