Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Moonrise Kingdom Dress (finally)

Yes, I'm wearing my saddle shoes because Suzy is wearing a pair in the movie trailer.
 I've been pretty busy studying for my exams next week so I haven't had much of a chance to blog lately. I finally managed to take a picture of my finished Moonrise Kingdom inspired dress. It was taken inside and it's pretty lopsided but it had snowed outside.

See?

The pattern I used for the dress was Butterick 5317 from the late 60s. I made quite a few changes. I redrafted the collar, and the sleeves, drafted some cuffs, shortened it a lot, put the zip in the back and left off the faux pockets.


In the trailer for Moonrise Kingdom Suzy looks like she's wearing a rope or something tied around her waist. I tried my dress with a belt but it went all bunchy so I decided it looked better without it.


I quite like the finished product but the fabric is a pain. If you look at it wrong it creases. For some reason it was fine when I was sewing it, but then as soon as I put it on it it started wrinkling like crazy. I ironed it just before I took the photo and you can see it's already pretty wrinkled. 

44 comments:

  1. Great dress! You're so clever!
    I've got loads of old cool patterns but trying to suss them out is like a foreign language to me! Too mathematical or something. Doh!

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    1. Thanks! I actually find old patterns easier than new ones. Once you sort of all the symbols they aren't so bad. I find the instructions a bit tough though.

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  2. Niiice! And I much prefer your mango sorbet shade over the original..

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    1. Thanks! It was the only orange fabric I could find.

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  3. You are really clever making this dress. Love the colour.
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  4. Perfect! Love the sleeves and cuffs. You sure know how to "fix" a vintage pattern. And you must be one heck of a fast sewer! Is that nearly a dress a week???? (I'm envious)

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    1. Thanks. I actually finished this dress a few weeks ago but I didn't get around to taking a picture until the other day. I can usually do about a dress a week if I do half an hour of sewing each day.

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  5. This dress is fantastic. I love it. You're so talented. I can't wait to see this film.

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  6. I love that dress. The colour is way up my street.

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    1. Thanks Dibs. The colour would look great on you.

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  7. very cute, I love how dramatic the collar looks!

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    1. Thanks. I had to make the collar way bigger than the original pattern pieces but I like how dramatic it looks too.

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  8. I love it, the colour, the style everything. It suits you so well. You really are a sewing powerhouse and you put me and my still half naked mannequin to shame! Must finish my latest frock! Xx

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    1. Thanks! You have had lots going on lately though, so no wonder you haven't had much time for sewing.

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  9. Oh my god you made it! And it looks AMAZING and wonderful and fab and very W. Anderson... Who cares if it wrinkles because it's rockin'.

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    1. Thanks! I have you to thank because I saw the trailer on your (now gone?) blog first. Anyway, it's good to hear from you. I hope you're good.

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    2. Alright! Yes, I know it got hacked and deleted! I could have got it back (apparently) but it was a bunch of hoops and I was in the midst of my honours thesis course work, so... Priorities. However now that that's over (last week! Woohoo!) I want to have another one, although all of that other writing is gone! Hope you're at least getting some snow-ball fights over there :)

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    3. That's terrible. Damn hackers! Fair enough. I hope your Honours stuff went well. If you start another one you know I'll read. Not me. I learnt my lesson last time. Snow ball fights are fun for five minutes and then you just get cold, soggy and miserable, and it takes ages to warm up again.

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    4. Just letting you know I have re-started the blog! Although there's no sewing business on there... Yet :) www.reanalouise.blogspot.com x

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  10. Well it's a lovely color on your, shame the fabric is being so evil!

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  11. Fab frock........love the colour, the length & that collar. Xx

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  12. It's fantastic, better than the inspiration! You rock it!
    Hope that snow goes soon, it makes me shiver just looking at it! x

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    1. Thanks Vix. I don't mind the snow that much. We don't get it often.

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  13. Oh it really is marvellous, and a lovely colour on you. Nice work! x

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    1. Thanks! I didn't think the colour would suit me to be honest, but I wanted an orange dress anyway.

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  14. Cute dress! I love the bright orange fabric.

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  15. Wow, what a cool dress! I like the collar and the colour!

    Christel

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  16. So good so good! I actually don't think your color at all off hers...it's the film filter making everything look frostier and less vivid, really.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, I thought that too. I saw a picture somewhere that hadn't had anything done to it and the colours were quite different.

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  17. Ooh, looking very cute and very 60's :D I got a challenge for you in my blog!

    Rhia from
    http://www.evildressmaker.com/

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  18. grr how annoying, I've had a dress like that. But it's so lovely, you've done a great job, teaming it with those shoes is genius

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  19. This dress is PERFECT and your pattern-altering skills are pretty dazzling. You should make one in every colour and wear them as a uniform like a cartoon character.

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  20. Precioso color de vestido, y fantásticas fotos, me gusta tu espacio de blog y te sigo,un beso ana.

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  21. Oh I think it turned out lovely! Leaving out the big stripe down the middle was a good call, it's very chic! Oh and I totally know how you feel about making dress's too short for you, been there too, it sucks! Take care, Khrystyna

    http://littlerubyrobin.blogspot.ie

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  22. I immediately wanted to see the movie after viewing the trailer - and like you, I loved the dress. Your version is WONDERFUL and your alterations very clever!

    The movie was one of my all-time favorites. Back to the dress though: I loved that Suzy had the same dress in various colors. Now that you've got a prototype, maybe you can do the same. Oh yes, great photo - with the saddle oxfords and all... right on target!

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