The “(using) UP (my scraps)” Skirt
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 ceremony, we’re using past Oscar winners and nominees as inspiration for our creations”.
This week was, as my eldest puts it a “meh” week. I’d like to feel a little excited about my Up skirt (which I’m sure is going to make some people who google “up skirt photo” very disappointed when they see me wearing a skirt inspired by a Pixar movie not anything anymore exciting). I don’t. I feel a bit “meh”.
Last week I finally got up the courage to sign up with a dentist here in the USA. It’s not that I don’t like dentists, I just have extreme social anxiety and hate going to new places and meeting new people. Great for someone who upped sticks and left the life she knew behind her in the UK to move to America. But as they say in Up – adventure is out there!
So I booked an appointment as a new patient at the dentist and went along expecting everything to be routine. It wasn’t. Here in America they take about 20 x-rays of the whole of your mouth for any new patient (in the UK we use x-rays more sparingly, only using them when they are needed for some treatment). The x-rays showed that a root canal I’d had years ago had failed and I now had the “largest tooth infection” they’d ever seen in their practice.
So long story short, I was told to book an emergency appointment to have the molar removed, the infection scraped out and dealt with. It was extraordinarily painful and I had to take the super-strength vicodin to deal with the large hole for a few days afterwards….and am still on advil now…..I don’t like vicodin, it makes me feel spaced out, out of control and my sewing is appalling when using it. Yes, I know now that I probably shouldn’t have been using a sewing machine under its influence but I wasn’t thinking straight and was trying to make a skirt for which I’d started the week with such high hopes for.
Anyway, that’s why I feel “meh” about the week and unfortunately the skirt.
But you don’t want to know all that do you? You want to know the details about the skirt.
OK, 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. 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. But your mouth tightly closed for this week.
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 in between trips to the dentist, oral & maxillofacial surgeon, under the influence of vicodin, and having to entertain the kids on Presidents Day. Here’s Melchett teaching me how to climb up a ladder whilst Goth Child took the photos. Haha.
Hey, do you want to know one of my favourite lines from Up?
Dug: “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”.
Yep, that about sums up my week. Roll on next week and probably more madness.