film petit: ferris bueller’s day off

31 Jan

for film petit this month…BUELLER!

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

so so fun, you guys (do i say that every time? i might). Jess, Shannon, and I each picked one of the three main characters in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, directed by John Hughes. though the movie came out when i was pretty little, i’ve seen it quite a few times, especially in high school. it’s about three high school kids, Ferris (ringleader), Sloane (girlfriend), and Cameron (best friend) who skip school and end up having an epic time in downtown Chicago, narrowly escaping discovery by their creepy principal and family at every turn.

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

i sewed a mini version of Ferris’ best friend, Cameron Frye (played by Alan Ruck). he’s a hypochondriac, nervous, goofy guy that’s really great at impersonating adults on a phone call. Ferris ropes him in due to the fact that Cameron’s dad has a red Ferrari that Ferris uses to dupe the school into releasing Sloane. he is the most reluctant with the most to lose in the escapade, but he joins in.

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

Cameron has a couple different looks, and i got a big kick out of shrinking it down for two-year-old O. i realized that this is probably the least “costume-y” outfit i’ve made him yet for film petit, and i’m sure he’ll wear these clothes a ton.

aside from the cream knit on the jersey, tiny bit of plaid, and the suspender supplies, the fabric here is all upcycled from my husband’s donate pile!

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

for the chinos, i used the basic pocket pants pattern from Growing up Sew Liberated in 2T. i narrowed the leg and eliminated the cuffs, adding a faux fly and a slightly wider waistband with patch pockets in the back. the pockets have plaid lining to invoke the tam that Cameron wears in the movie.

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

the red wings hockey jersey is the vintage v-neck from blank slate patterns in jersey knit sewn in 18 months; i added color blocked cream bands and freezer paper stenciled a red wings logo on there.

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

the gray caduceus shirt is my fave – it’s so simple but has such a unique style to it. pattern is Rae’s flashback skinny tee in 2T with short sleeves and another freezer paper stencil. i applied the fabric paint lightly for a more vintage-y look. i found both freezer paper stencil outlines via google image search and cut them by hand.

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

i made the suspenders using this tutorial, which was awesome. i liked that it had adjustable vest buckles, made it feel authentic.

mini cameron frye // skirt as top

all together now! hockey Cameron…

mini cameron frye // skirt as top

and casual suspender Cameron…

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

can you tell O had a blast modeling? i had hoped to get photos at an art gallery but also didn’t want to take him to the actual art gallery. suddenly i had the idea to go to Powell’s where they have a rotating art exhibit in the Pearl Room. black and white art, plenty of room for photos, not too crowded, nothing breakable, free of charge. perfect.

film petit: ferris bueller's day off

now, while little Cameron climbs back into bed to sleep off his crazy afternoon, head over to check out what his buddies are up to!

our fabulous guest this month, Shannon from luvinthemommyhood, sewed Sloane! white fringe coat, you guys. WHITE FRINGE COAT. her daughter is the perfect mini-Sloane, truly.

and my partner Jess, oh you know her, she’s just over there sewing leopard print vests for her 3 year old – she did Ferris and her little guy also got WAY into the role. check it out!


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57 Responses to “film petit: ferris bueller’s day off”

  1. Jane January 31, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    oh man, those freezer paper stencils are fantastic!! the whole outfit is, of course!! Love it, great job :) Now I have a hankering to watch this movie! Incidentally, Fantastic Mr. Fox was on tv the other night…so we dvr’ed it…still haven’t seen that one! A film petit marathon you say…?

    • kristin February 3, 2013 at 10:53 am #

      I think that’s definitely in order! We introduced some friends to Moonrise Kingdom last night… :)

  2. Haylee January 31, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    haha so dang cute. This is such a fun idea, I love it and the outfit is SPOT ON.

  3. Meghan January 31, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    What a perfect little Cameron! So awesome!

  4. Erica January 31, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Oh my goodness, this is so adorable! I love it!

  5. nestedinstitches January 31, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Über cute! Your outfits are perfection, as usual. Love those t-shirts. You’ve got mad skills, woman. Mad skills.

  6. Jenny January 31, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    I just went through all three of the outfits you guys sewed and they are AWESOME. This is such a part of my childhood and I’d recognize each of these characters in a second. So much fun!

    • kristin February 3, 2013 at 11:42 am #

      thanks! to me they’re costumes you probably have trouble saying perfectly by memory, but are so recognizable, for sure. like i didn’t know what was on Cameron’s t-shirt but as soon as I saw it i remembered…fun to do the research and get the little details.

  7. Griet January 31, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Love it!

  8. Katrine January 31, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    Love it! You can’t help but smile when you see him in those suspenders!

  9. Delia January 31, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Such perfection. The outfit spot on, the photoshoot spot on. O is the perfect little Cameron!!! Love this.

    I am SO excited to see what you, Jess and Sabra whip up for next month!

  10. Melissa January 31, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    OOOOOH, dying of cuteness over here! Love these! Off to see the others.

  11. Marta S. January 31, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Your Film Petit series has become the thing I most look forward to in blogland. Such a great idea and even better execution –the pictures you guys take always brighten my day!

    • kristin February 3, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      oh that’s SO sweet of you to say! thank you so much!!! brightened MY day reading this comment. :)

  12. KerryQ January 31, 2013 at 8:04 am #

    OMG! Awesome job!

  13. Carla January 31, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    NINE TiMES! I freaking love this so much!

  14. Sabra January 31, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    This! I watched this movie at least once a week as a kid. This is total perfection! Love it so much

  15. shannon January 31, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    love love love!!!! this was a total win!

  16. monicaswift January 31, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Oh, so iconic! This came out so cute, and yes…totally wearable, too. I love it, and I would love seeing who noticed the ‘costume.’ Love.

    • kristin January 31, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      thanks! we definitely got a few knowing looks and giggles this time during the photoshoot. that was fun. :)

  17. sevan76vanessa January 31, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    cute, cute, cute! love it all…and now i need to go watch ferris bueller. it’s been a while!

  18. Amber January 31, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    !!!! This is so awesome. My (super cool and worshiped) baby-sitter/neighbor growing up was the youngest of 4 sisters, so I thought she had every cool thing that ever existed. She baby sat us for whole days and a few over nights and on one of those trips brought Ferris over. We watched of over and overZ we loved it so much. Total special place in my heart. I love Cameron’s outfit, you nailed it!

    • kristin February 3, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      fun story! glad to bring up good memories! :)

  19. Jess at Me Sew Crazy January 31, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Have I told you before that I am a little bit in love with you?! Seriously, I so look forward to these posts! Ferris Bueller – AHHHHHH!!! Love it!!!

  20. girllikethesea January 31, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    so cute! I love Cameron…..The gray T-shirt is pretty wicked awesome. So is your stenciling! That room at Powells is perfect! I’m hoping to get my kids there while we visit, and I didn’t know there was an art exhibit section to check out.

  21. Abby January 31, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Okay, seriously, you guys are amazing! This is so awesome! Honestly the cutest thing ever, and I love all the stenciling!

  22. Stef January 31, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    This is awesome! once again! I remember watching Ferris Bueller with a babysitter when my parents were gone overnight. My little sister, who was probably 5 or 6, drops the f-bomb right after, the babysitter was a tad panicky. haha! Your hand-cut stencils are superb, Kristin!

    • kristin February 3, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      hahahaha! that’s awesome. thanks, stef!

  23. gail January 31, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    what a fun movie to choose – O. as mini cameron is to die for! i love how the suspenders hike up the pants, all 80s style. perfection once again!

    • kristin February 3, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      yeah my elastic was just a tad too short. hehe. it’s all good, right? ;)

  24. seekatesew January 31, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    this is so amazing kristin. I even figured out how to login so I can leave comments again just for this post. yes yes yes!!

  25. Brittany January 31, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    So CUTE! Those tshirts are amazing! Fantastic job, again…as always :)

  26. Ben January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Awesome post! Now I really want to watch FBDO again! O is a great Cameron!

  27. sewchibi January 31, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    I am always so impressed with your freezer stencil skills!!!! This outfit is so cute! And O is getting SOO big!!

    • kristin February 3, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      thanks, kat! oh i know, he’s growing up really fast.

  28. anna January 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    oh I love it! those pictures are fabulous. And all the outfit details, holy moly! O looks totally adorable. :)

  29. January 31, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    You girls are amazing. I looove these looks!

  30. Maureen Cracknell January 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    You ladies really are SO amazing!! Oh the talent that you three have! I can’t believe this outfit and those stencils! WOW!!!!

  31. Sanae January 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Pure awesomeness, Kristin! And the background!!! Everything is perfection!

  32. Jess January 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I LOVE that grey tee! and the mini hockey jersey? Awesome! Hey when is it my turn…? ;)

  33. sarah January 31, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Nailed it!

  34. Jen January 31, 2013 at 8:53 pm #


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  36. Max January 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Seriously though I squeed! LOVE this so hard. I had/have the biggest crush on Cameron

  37. Cindy February 1, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    When Cameron was in Egypt’s land….
    Great attention to detail…you nailed Cameron’s outfit! Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was THE movie to watch during sleepovers in middle school/high school. One of my all time faves..I can’t believe my oldest hasn’t watched the movie yet. I’ll have to rectify that!

  38. Laura February 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Eeek! O makes THE most adorable Cameron. This is just so perfect.

  39. Anneliese February 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    This is SO perfect! I love the hip tees! Nice work.

  40. Sascha February 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Thought you could appreciate this… When I was 16 my boyfriend was taking me out to a special dinner that I had dressed up for (my mom made the dress), and as we were driving to the restaurant my boyfriend was looking at me and not the road and he rear ended a Jaguar. Oops. It was the principal from Ferris Bueller! We were half scared shitless, half laughing our asses off. Turns out he was so nice and didn’t even exchange info even though his bumper got dinged. I can still remember that pink dress my mom made me!

  41. Trinh February 3, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    Ohhh brilliant. I hope you do more 80s movies.

  42. kim February 4, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    So fun! I love it. :)

  43. shannonclark954113852 February 4, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    I loved this movie. (Still can’t believe my hubby has never seen it.) This Film Petit is fantastic. Perfect little remakes.

  44. Adrienne February 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    That red wings jersey is downright awesome.

  45. Amanda February 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    This movie is seriously one of my favorites! And these photos are so freaking precious!

  46. Meghan February 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    I am so in love with these two outfits, you don’t even know. Coolest kid.

  47. mina dotter February 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    OMG, this is too cute. Who does not remember this movie, even abroad. Great series!

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