Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Duck: Never Stop Dreaming

Today is a very important day for the three of us. We have an accomplished a goal that we have had for a while and we are joining a special group of women, competitors in Project Run and Play. No matter what happens: win, loose or survive by a sliver we are grateful for the opportunity to be counted among the few sewist that have gotten this chance.  That said if you love our look and would like to see us continue to participate further in the Project Run and Playwe really could use your votes. 
We spent most of the 80s in diapers and toddler-hood, so we were introduced to the cartoons of the 80s in after school reruns in the 90s. A favorite after school catch was Duck Tales. To 3 girls from a small town the global experience of 4 little ducks, their uncle and his pilot Launchpad was one of intrigue and excitement. But even with the most extreme situations they always returned home safely. In a small way the story line of duck tales illuminates the essence of childhood dreams; making big plans, having adventures, and returning safely home.
For the tunic we used Simplicity 3668 added length to the shirt and width to the sleeves to mirror the blouse effect of the Launchpad jacket sleeve. The darling cut out on the front yoke makes this hard aviator style a bit more girly (something this girl 3 year old has come to appreciate). The green tone of the tunic is representative of the character Louie.



The Vest was very loosely based on Simplicity 2907. We cropped the shirts length to the waistband, cut it at the center fold and then reshaped the armhole to give a vest look verses sleeveless shirt. Arm hole was finished with a strip of the vinyl. The top neckband and bottom waistband were self drafted based on the total width of the pattern pieces. Thin needle point batting was placed between top vinyl layer and cotton lining. The final detail was the asymmetrical stitching across the back and front of the vest.  The biggest challenge with this vest was get the vinyl not to stick, even with teflon foot this was a bit tricky at times. The asymmetrical stitching representative of the unexpected twists and turns the characters experienced in each episode.
The Tuxedo Stripe pant was made using the free No. 8 capri pattern from E+M. We added extra length to convert it from capri to pant length. Then split the pattern into 3 pieces (back, front & side). The side stripe is 1 inch in width. We were easily able to add the seam allowance to each pattern piece (each sliced edge) by just attaching inseam extenders. You can download inseam guide extenders here (on Google docs) for 3/8" and 1/2" inseams, so if you would like to make your own tuxedo pant or piece another clothing item. We would suggest matching the inseam extender to the patterns seam allowance so you don't get confused. The brads on the pants were done with flat back Kam snaps. Adding a quick decorative touch.  The pants are representative of Hewey (red tuxedo stripe), Dewey (blue jeggings) & decorative brads reflects Scrooge McDuck's constant quest for gold and treasure.
The scarf, was self drafted taking inspiration from Launchpad's aviator scarf but with pink flowers to represent the feminine Webby. Her stick to attitude made her a member of many adventures even when the boys protested. A quality that Princess holds as well as she keeps up with her 5 brothers.
Growing up it seemed like any adventure was possible and our small home town was a perfect launching point for sky high dreams. This outfit should allow Princess to chase her brothers, make her own adventures and never stop dreaming.

With Love,
Al, Jo & Scary  

14 comments:

  1. what a fun outfit!! I loved that show too :)

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  2. Head to toe: this look is amazing! I'm so impressed, you did a fabulous job. I'm already dying to see next week!!

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  3. Well, now I just feel old! LOL! I loved Duck Tales, too, and now I'm humming the theme song. Such a great outfit! I love how you put so much thought into connecting all the details of the clothing with the themes of the show!

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  4. Congrats on this super beautiful outfit! M

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  5. I love, love, love everything about this outfit! I think I may have to buy that simplicity pattern for the blouse next time there is a sale. :)

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  6. Ladies, ladies, ladies! You are so awesome! Everything about this is just too cool...the photo shoot included. You clearly put lots of thought into every single detail. Love.love.love it!

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  7. Love all the details in this outfit! Good job!!!

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  8. You did such a fabulous job!! What a great outfit!

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  9. Loving every element of this outfit, good job ladies!

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  10. I absolutely adore this outfit! I also love that you used some modified Simplicity patterns. They seem to be a dirty word in some circles but I use them (and Butterick, etc) quite often, almost as much as the PDF's (which I also love). Great job and congratulations! I wish you many weeks of success.

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  11. I used to watch Duck Tales every day after school--I was THISCLOSE to using it as my inspiration too, so I am so glad to see your incarnation! Every piece is fantastic!

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  12. I didn't watch cartoons at all growing up, but my grandma had a few books with these characters in them. =) The outfit is really fun! I'm impressed with the vest... quilting on vinyl isn't the easiest thing ever!

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  13. My word!!!! Where did you get that plane?

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  14. I am so late on commenting, but this is cute!

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