film petit: the big lebowski

27 Feb

film petit february!  as i re-watched our chosen film this month, i realized something – apparently my husband and i quote it constantly, maybe sometimes without even realizing it.  it’s everyone’s favorite highly quotable quirky bowling movie – it’s….The Big Lebowski!

film petit: the big lebowski

if my husband remembers to get something at the store that i forgot to put on the list?  i tell him “he’s a good man, and thorough.”  someone’s carrying a drink and a kid bumps into them?  “there’s a beverage here, man!”  something gets spilled on/damaged?  it “really tied the room together.”  and just at random times… “8 year olds, dude.”

am i wrong?

am i wrong?

film petit: the big lebowski

anyway, before i fall down the rabbit hole of movie quotes (in the parlance of our times – GAH), i suppose i should talk about the movie plot.

ummmmm wellllll it’s kind of hard to explain.  let me give it my best shot.  1998’s The Big Lebowski was directed by the Coen Brothers.  it tells the story of the mellow and lazy Jeffrey Lebowski (aka “The Dude,” or “Duder,” or “El Duderino, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing”) perfectly played by Jeff Bridges.  The Dude is mistaken for a rich man also named Jeffrey Lebowski, and is suddenly drawn into a crazy kidnapping caper, when all he really wants to do is drink white russians and bowl with his buddies.  it’s a pretty weird but beloved movie, and one i’ve seen about a million times.

film petit: the big lebowski

typically we all pick different movie characters for film petit, but we felt that we should each make tiny Dudes this month to sort of swamp the internet with them – a mini Lebowskifest!  mine is “pre-opening credit Dude,” the two scene intro that sets the stage for the rest of the movie.  the Dude goes to the grocery store to grab some half and half for his white russian…

film petit: the big lebowski

film petit: the big lebowski

but comes home only to find himself getting dunked in his own toilet and his rug micturated upon by a couple hooligans attempting to shake him down for money he clearly doesn’t have.

film petit: the big lebowski

film petit: the big lebowskifilm petit: the big lebowski

i sewed for O again, figuring the smaller the Dude was, the funnier it would be.  and actually it was pretty hilarious – this is the MOST recognized character during one of my film petit photoshoots.  people at the more-crowded-than-i-expected-it-to-be-at-that-hour grocery store were giggling and saying “haha, is that The Dude?”  left and right.  i started out a little self-conscious about it, but then ran with it.  i think O liked the attention.

film petit: the big lebowski

his bathrobe is made of wide wale corduroy from JoAnn, and the pattern is the Just Like Dad Flannel Robe from Sewing for Boys.  i made it in a 2-3T for the length but chopped 3″ off the sleeves (and they’re still roll up-worthy!) so he’ll definitely wear it a while.  the shorts are the Oliver + S Sketchbook Shorts made out of daddy’s old ones.

film petit: the big lebowski

the undershirt, which i didn’t get a great photo of, is Made by Rae’s Flashback Skinny Tee, made out of daddy’s old t-shirt, short sleeved, with a v-neck!

film petit: the big lebowski

i’m actually pretty excited about the non-overlapping v-neck and might share a mini tutorial for it a little later; i’ve always wanted to know how to do that and it wasn’t hard once i figured it out.

film petit: the big lebowski

my little Dude got the munchies at the store and picked out a couple snacks.  figured that was probably pretty true to character (the Dude likes to “smoke Js”).

film petit: the big lebowski

while my little dude is snacking on chili cheese fritos and abiding, you can head over to see the other little lebowski urban achievers that my partners sewed up!

our guest this month, Sabra from sew a straight line, sewed both “bowling alley Dude” AND a mini walter sobchak!  both are absolute perfection.  she even gets us a toe – you don’t want to know how, but there are ways.  thanks so much for joining us, Sabra!

and my partner Jessica, not to be outdone, sewed “playoff/funeral Dude” with some awesome details, AND took photos at a very special locale!  go check it out!

proud we are of all of them!


here are the guidelines for film petit:

film petit button
P.S. this is not ‘nam, this is bowling.  there are rules.
P.P.S.  do you see what happens, larry?!
P.P.P.S.  i am the walrus.

59 Responses to “film petit: the big lebowski”

  1. straightgrain (an) February 27, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    AWESOME! This is one of my favorite movies. The Big Lebowski must be the coolest source of kids’ clothes inspiration ever. Eat your heart out, Pinterest!

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      Hehe thanks An! None of us had the guts to tackle The Jesus just in case it was misinterpreted, but how fun would a purple jumpsuit have been? ;)

  2. carolyn February 27, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    A little dude!!! He looks fantastic! And I love that people in the supermarket recognized him!

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

      thanks! yeah the produce guy and I got i a pretty detailed chat about his Reservoir Dogs costume a few years back. people were into it.

  3. Fifty Two Create February 27, 2013 at 6:16 am #


  4. Jessica February 27, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    Micurated! Hahahahahahaha!! O is just the cutest little Dude ever. Love the potty shot so much. I wanna watch it with you now dammit! With White Russians!

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

      argh! me too! this long distance friendship is really cramping my style.

  5. mamaturtle February 27, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    flat out awesome.

  6. Sabra February 27, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    Holy crap! The Dude is adorable as a toddler. O is adorable as The Dude. That robe! I love it all. Thank you so much for letting me play along. Seriously, so much fun!

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

      aw thanks, sabra! yours is AMAZING!!!!!!!

  7. Carolina February 27, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Oh boy. Great movie. What amazing is this tinny DUDE.
    Love this serie. Some tutorial for V neck FBSTee? BTW, I have to wait years before drink a White Russian, in Chile wasn’t popular years after the movie.;p

  8. Mie February 27, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Hahaha OH I wish I was there for that supermarket photo shoot with a toddler in sunglasses and a bath robe. I can’t stop laughing….SO funny!

    • kim February 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

      I know! That’s what I kept thinking: how awesome it would have been to be there for that photoshoot! This is too funny, Kristin. Nice job!

      • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

        haha thanks guys! seriously i thought friday morning would be pretty empty, but it was hard for me to keep only O in the shot! packed! good thing i don’t really care. ;)

  9. smallfriendly February 27, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Freakin hilarious! Love it!

    • ann at thevelvetaubergine February 27, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      My two year old just said, “that guy is so funny!” and I have to concur.

      • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

        aw thanks! he was having lots of fun too. little ham.

  10. meg February 27, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    I feel like someone should have sewn the rug….

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

      GAH! i shall run all future film petit plans by you to make sure we’re not missing the obvious.

  11. Jess at Me Sew Crazy February 27, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Best film petit photos ever. Nuff said.

  12. Sanae February 27, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    The CUTEST Duderino ever!! This is so awesome, Kristin – hilarious and spot-on!

  13. Delia February 27, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    haha…adorable! You guys rocked it again of course!

  14. Meghan February 27, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Awesome!!!! You and Jessica have outdone yourselves again! My husband and I love this movie and find ourselves quoting it often as well. The bathrobe is killing me! Too cute!

  15. domestic bliss squared February 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    This is so cute it hurts! The Big Lebowski is one of my husband’s favorite movies and we call our son “the dude.” I’ve been meaning to make him a shirt that says “the dude abides” for a long time, and I think I may have just been inspired to make it!

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      well now you have to!!! for sure.

  16. girllikethesea February 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Way too cute! Such a dude. Your tee turned out really good! I’m going to cave and get this f*cking pattern (getting into the spirit of the movie…hahaha). Between this and Rae’s hooded version, I’m feeling the need. A while ago I did a v neck for clover like that and it was pretty satisfying when I got it done. It’s here in Portland with us, actually!

    Ok…when can we get a what about bob petit? The world needs a tiny “don’t hassle me I’m local” shirt and a mini dr Leo.

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      you don’t own the FBST yet? TARA!!! you’ll use it tons, it’s money well spent.

      i haven’t seen “what about bob” very much, maybe just once in high school? *ducks*

  17. Inder February 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    “Obviously you’re not a golfer.” (That’s the only quote I could think of that didn’t have the F-word in it.) Love that movie! Your little dude is the cutest little Dude that ever did abide. My goodness.

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

      hehehe i love that one. :) aw thanks!!!

  18. Darci February 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Would have been so funny to see you taking pics at the grocery,store.
    And btw, the non overlapping vnk is a ‘mitred v neck’ ;) you figured out how to mitre the trim!

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      ah, thanks Darci! probably why i couldn’t find a tutorial for it before – didn’t know the proper name! ;)

  19. danawillard February 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    This is so rad! I seriously look forward to these every month….esp next month. haah.
    Really great pics and the outfit is fabulous! I mostly love that you took pics in a grocery store and on the toilet. Perfect.
    And I was laughing at your comment on Jessica’s blog “friend I’ve never met”. That’s totally me and Rae. We’ve actually talked on the phone a couple times and gchat often. But one day we’ll meet in person. Can we have a party with you and Jess too? :)

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      aw thanks, dana! i’m actually surprised you and Rae haven’t, since you both go to bloggy events. we should all plan to go to SOMETHING together soon!

  20. jodi pins February 27, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    this is the best ever!! I knew the moment it popped up on my feed that is was film petite and The Big Labowski didn’t think you could top Farris but you girls did <3

    • kristin February 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

      oh thanks so much! feeling the pressure now. ;)

      • jodi pins February 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

        no pressure… just smiles

  21. Stephanie February 28, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    This is great! One of our family favorites, too, although our daughter doesn’t understand any of it (thank goodness!). She loves bowling though, so maybe a film-inspired photo shoot is in her future, too.

  22. LightningMcStitch February 28, 2013 at 4:35 am #

    oh truly. this is too funny. Great sewing and what awesome photos. Your dude is the man!

  23. Maureen Cracknell February 28, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    This really does just keep getting better and better!! You girls are amazing!! Your pictures just put it over the top, Kristin! Gah, I’m amazed!!

  24. Ajaire February 28, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    Great film choice! I love it! The dude abides. :)

  25. rachel February 28, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    soooo funnny! i love it! i LOVE that people recognized him, too! hahahahaha

  26. Devon February 28, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    I think you are my most favorite people in the whole world. Who thinks to dress up their child as the dude? Love, love, love it!

  27. Liesl February 28, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Todd and I just laughed our way through the post and photos. You are so awesome!

  28. gail February 28, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    brilliant AND totally hilarious! plus now O has a cozy little bathrobe, right? nice work, yet again!!!

  29. Danielle February 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Just brilliant as usual! I giggled the entire way through this post. Those glasses! His cute face. Plus how practical is a tiny little bathrobe?? Perfection.

  30. Max February 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Dude. LOL!

    {ahah i just got in trouble for spamming!}

  31. Cherie February 28, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Haha, I was laughing through this whole post – love the quotes. I think this may be my favorite FP photoshoot yet – though they’ve all been great. Anyways, O is adorable. You make me want to watch the movie again. And maybe go bowling. Or just drink a White Russian. And yes please, on the V neck tutorial.

  32. nestedinstitches February 28, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Hilariously awesome!

  33. Andrea March 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    STOP!!!! I had to look away. Too amazing.

  34. Jane March 2, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    DUDE!!!! Freaking awesome! that is all.

  35. Ray March 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Just this Saturday the “you want a toe…I can get you a toe” quote was busted out by my buddy when we were hanging out! LOVE this movie! And yes…it is well quoted among me and my friends!

  36. Ray March 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    One more thing..actually two. The same buddy for Halloween him and his wife went as Walter and The Dude. When his wife’s grandmother passed it fell to Heather to make arrangements…her grandmother wanted to be cremated and wanted her ashes to be spread out over a lake near to where she lived…they were shocked at the price fo the urn. Well I think you know where this is going. They didn’t do it but after they left the funeral home Scott just looked at Heather and asked where a grocery store was and that broke Heather up and made it easier for her to say goodbye to the woman that raised her! That just shows you the power of The Dude!

    • kristin March 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

      Oh man, what a cool story! Always nice to be able to have humor to get you through the tough times in life. My condolences to her.

  37. Peero Scarfuffle March 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    It’s ironic that a movie prided for its uniqueness and unpredictability has become the focus of one of the stalest cult fandoms in existence. Much like Monty Python, the original appeal of The Big Lebowski has been ruined by hipster me-tooists who never cease to degrade the movie’s artistic merit for the rest of us.

  38. melissa q. March 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Oh! This is too good. Love your little dude.

  39. milenarangelov June 21, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    Hahaha, this is great! I LOVE Big Lebowski and the little one is such a sweetie! Thanks for sharing!

  40. nettie May 31, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    This is the best thing on the internet. Period.

leave a comment > > >

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,199 other followers

%d bloggers like this: