We interrupt this flurry of Oscar nomination watching/reviewing/predicting with the final (ish) creation I've made as part of the Project Sewn sewalong....
And what a surprise, it's movie related!
Oh look it's a Star Wars (Double) Duvet Dress! That joke would work better if this was made out of a double duvet, it was actually a single duvet* bought at my favourite Goodwill thrift shop for the princely sum of $2.99 (£1.79) in their fortnightly 50% sale.
The theme for the sew along this week was "Signature Style" and if you flick through my 'Things I've Sewn' archive, you'll spot I like: 1) colour, 2) loud prints, 3) geeky stuff, 4) refashioning things......so here's the perfect dress that ticks all the boxes.
But even more than that, it's the famous Simplicity 2444 pattern! I might have made this a few times before (Roaming Gnome dress, the Lobster dress, the Christmas taffeta pretty princess dress, the Pinky Blue Skies dress). I've almost gotten the fit right (bearing in mind the pattern only goes up to a size 20 and I'm a 20-22-24 from top to bottom, ever so pear-shaped).
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....
OK, it was 1977 and Stockton-on-Tees...
(actually 1979 and not Stockton-on-Tees, but I don't have many photos of me and this was the nearest)
...a young Tempest Devyne went to see Star Wars (which is what it's called.....I refuse to call it A New Hope, aargh just did, OK I refuse to say it again) and it turned her into a geek. A proud geek.
Anyway, you and I haven't time for the rest of that story (or how I played Darth Vader in the school play in 1978...asthma sometimes pays.....)
Hey, talking of Oscar watching (which we weren't really, but I've been trying to watch the last few 2014 nominated movies to hit my 41 target for this year....I saw Dallas Buyers Club last, it's fab)...Star Wars won Oscars for Best Costume Design, Visual Effects, Sound, Original Score, Film Editing, Art Direction - Set Decoration in 1978).
Sorry, I got sidetracked.
Trying to fit the pattern pieces to get the best pay-off with the designs on the duvet cover was GREAT FUN. Actually, it wasn't that bad. I love a puzzle.
And because the fabric was so thin, I had to underline all but the sleeves (I wanted them lighter in weight for Arizona summers) with my beginning to dwindle stash of beige bedsheets. So this is a bed dress all around!
And yes, those of you following me on Twitter and Instagram, know that there's an accompanying Chewbacca/Wookie bandolier/handbag coming.....I haven't finished it yet. I bit off more than I could sew in the last Oscar-runup week, plus Goth Child had a maxillary frenectomy yesterday and I had to do Mum-stuff looking after her in pain.
So it will get finished next week....promise ;)
Fabric: A Star Wars duvet cover from Goodwill, and various bits of sheets from my stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 2444.
Time to complete: 16 hours.
First worn: 27th February 2014.
Wear again? Absobloominglutely!
Total Cost: $2.99 (£1.79)
The challenge: Project Sewn sewalong Week 4: Signature Style
OK, back to Oscar nominated movie posts.....next up being the design awards: Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling and Production Design....and I have 5 more movies to watch: The Great Beauty, Nebraska, The Hunt, The Wind Rises and 12 Years a Slave.
Thanks for popping by!
*Shall we do a little English vs. American language lesson?
A double duvet (UK) is a full (US)
A kingsize duvet (UK) is a queen (US)....and then even bigger is a king and a californian king.
A single duvet (UK) is a twin (US)
And to be honest a duvet (UK) is more commonly called a comforter (US), though what they usually mean is a quilt (UK) because they're usually one piece, the inside is sewn permanently inside the cover.
Here endeth the lesson.