The night we picked our movies, I was sick. I crawled out of bed to go to the FB page and try to get a spot. It was moving so fast! I couldn't quite keep up. Luckily for me, there was a slow down when they got to Heather's post for Leap Year with Amy Adams. I quickly looked over the cast and who popped out? John Lithgow. He has a Bacon Score of 1 and wouldn't you know its for one of my favorite movies!
It doesn't get more classic Bacon than Footloose. Plus its full of great 80s music from Kenny Loggins, Bonnie Tyler, Ann Wilson, even Sammy Hagar. The movie came out just as I was starting to notice music, movies, tv. In comparison to my brother- who also graduated that year- the kids in this movie were super cool. Don't tell him I posted that picture.
I really had a lot of fun watching it again for this post. If you all get a craving to see it, its on Netflix. Oh and no, I have not seen the remake.
On to wardrobe and inspiration. After the movie was picked I was set on only one thing- the prom- the maroon tux and the pink dress. After all the tux is on our graphic for the blog tour!
Yep that was my plan. I already had a pretty pink rayon for the dress and ordered some maroon crepe to make the jacket. Unfortunately- or fortunately- the maroon crepe came in more rusty than I wanted. Plus I was anticipating colder weather when I took my pictures so the dress seemed a bit thin. I thought about it and decided to take a more practical approach to my inspiration.
For myself I would make a top from the pink fabric and add a ruffle somehow to the look. I had a muslin of McCalls 6512 on my sewing table that was looking like it would be good. Then I found the ruffled scarf from Ottobre 5/2009 (you can see it in blue and pink on their blog). I decided to make that with the blouse and my burgundy cords from Jalie's Eleonore pattern. The plan for one outfit down.
Now for my date!
That was a little trickier. I started easily with the Sis Boom Ethan shirt, its a standard button down shirt for boys. Love this pattern, great little details but super easy to put together. Mine was made out of a white flannel I already had in my stash. I did find the cuffs a little small. They fit but I have to unbutton to put the shirt on and I'd rather not with a 3 year old. I'll fix that on the next one. And, of course, whats a prom with out a bow tie. Sis Boom's Freebie Bosco Tie, modified a bit here. I didn't pleat and will sew the middle down rather than glue. I made the largest size for fun. Normally I make the middle or small for this guy.
I decided to stick with SS for the pants. I had made the Field Research pants for the the little one a few weeks back and really liked how the pattern came together. The only problem was that they were just too roomy in the size 3t for the look I wanted here. (I made the 12 last year and its less roomy, the smaller sizes are wider for diapers and just more movement.) I ended up slimming them down for the look. You can read about that in this post. These are made out of a heavy weight bamboo denim I picked up ages and ages ago at Nature's Fabrics. I love the weight, perfect for the weather and little boys. The only draw back is that they end up a wrinkled mess in the dryer. I need to take them out slightly damp and iron.
So the last piece was the jacket. I looked at making the tuxedo jacket but realized that other than this photoshoot, my child was never going to wear it. I don't think my oldest has ever worn a blazer of any sort and he's 11. So I needed a jacket that would give me the illusion of a tuxedo. I chose the EYMM Zander Hoodie and Vest. I already had a double sided maroon fleece in my stash. Originally I was going to do it unlined but ended up lining it. The only trouble I had was the darn zipper! I ordered one and of course the color was off. JoAnns and Walmart are sadly lacking in zippers so with the deadline looming I had to make do. I chose a black metal zipper that was too long. Using this tutorial mentioned in the pattern, I shortened it. I scared my mother with the screaming I was doing trying to pry off the stop and then loosing it in the mess that is my husband's tool bench. I did find it and all went well after that.
Without further ado, my three year old's version of prom night! Aren't I a lucky girl to have such a date.
Follow me he says.
How can I resist.
Uhm... not exactly the prom night I was expecting, throwing rocks in the creek is loads of fun though.
As you may have noticed, I didn't get my blouse done but I did make the ruffled scarf. Its great and super quick to make.
We didn't have any warehouses to dance in but did spend some time swinging around.
And one last look.
And really what more could you ask for from a Kevin Bacon inspired Sew Along! I hope you enjoyed today, please continue on to check out the talented Katie at the Creative Counselor. I can't wait to see what she's done.