MAWWIAGE IS WHUT BWINGS US TOGEVAHH TODAAY.
well, mawwiage plus the epic 1987 film “The Princess Bride.” i can’t remember the first time i saw this movie, or how many times i’ve seen it, but it’s a lot, starting in childhood. it’s a fairy tale as told by a grandpa to his sick-in-bed grandson (Fred Savage), about the beautiful Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and how she is about to marry an evil Prince Humperdinck, but is kidnapped and finds herself having quite an adventure. all the while, she tries to she keep the faith that her true love, Westley, will come back to her.
the movie has ACTION! ADVENTURE! ROMANCE! and a big dose of COMEDY! at Buttercup’s lowest point, when she is being forced to marry the prince against her will as her beloved Westley lays “mostly dead” in the Pit of Despair, the voice that comes out of the priest with his ridiculous speech impediment breaks all tension and you can’t help but just giggle. there are LOTS of those silly moments in The Princess Bride – more than I remembered – and it makes it such a fun movie to watch, even as an adult.
the wedding scene, with it’s high drama and equally high comedic factor, is the scene i chose to sew for film petit. Buttercup’s elaborately embellished wedding dress also seemed like something my little gal would love wearing.
with this outfit, i finally answered her pleas to make her a princess dress. and i made not just any princess dress, but a princess wedding dress!
i started with the Oliver + S Playtime Dress and stayed pretty true to the pattern for the most part. for the floor length skirt i just cut a long rectangle and gathered it selvedge to selvedge (it was very wide satin).
i made a few changes to the bodice, cutting the neckline a bit lower, splitting the front down the middle and modifying the facings to match, adding buttonholes for cording, a lace underlay, and cutting the bottom of the bodice to a curve.
Buttercup’s dress has an array of trim and beadwork to add texture, and i did the best i could to get that feel by adding this beautiful beaded lace flower trim and gold/white woven elastic trim to the neckline and bodice – all from the bridal section of Fabric Depot.
the dress is satin, also from the bridal section of the depot. it was on clearance and i’m glad i got “good stuff” for a lower price – this is the best satin i’ve ever sewed with! it didn’t shift on me much at all, didn’t snag easily, and it flows like water. she loves wearing this dress and actually hangs it on her closet door when she’s not wearing it!
i first cut a lace cape more like a half circle to billow out under her arms, but i made a mistake and cut it too short for Em – it was only knee-length and she insisted it reach the floor! i salvaged the rest to make the floor length version you see here. i wish it was wider but it works.
so even though The Princess Bride is PG-rated (same rating as Frozen, Em and every other girl between the ages of 3 and 7’s favorite movie right now), it has a LOT more questionable content that i don’t want her to see just yet (ya know, stuff like nightmare-inducing ROUSes and torture chambers…). the ‘80s were a wild and crazy time for movie ratings, i guess. so Em has seen parts of The Princess Bride with whole scenes skipped over until she’s older.
what she has seen, though, was enough to get her in character for these photos, melancholy bride acting and all.
she was cracking me up. she knew Buttercup didn’t want to get married to that awful Prince Humperdinck, and she did not crack a smile through most of this photoshoot – and when we were done, she had me pretend that the Prince’s men were after us and i was helping her escape!
so now it is time for you to escape, for you will surely crack a giant-sized smile when you see what Jess & Jess have in store for you today!
our guest Jess from Craftiness is not Optional had the brilliant idea to do The Princess Bride, and we said “as you wish!” Jess sewed Buttercup and Westley the Dread Pirate Roberts and found the PERFECT photoshoot setting, too, complete with rolling hill. really amazing work, and thanks SO much for joining us, Jess! check it out!
my partner Jess from A Little Gray sewed up two of the three bandits that kidnap poor Buttercup but later become Westley’s allies. it would be INCONCEIVABLE not to love Andre the Giant as Fezzik and Mandy Patinkin (or as my husband has taken to calling him, “Battleship Patinkin”) as Inigo Montoya! she also got photos at a CASTLE. off with you to see Jess’s post, and prepare to die (but only if you have six fingers on your right hand).
here are the guidelines for film petit:
- every month or so, Jess and i (plus a guest) sew an outfit (or outfits) for our kid (or kids) inspired by a movie we love. not sure if we’ll get a February post in due to the imminent arrival of this baby in my belly, but we’ll be back as soon as we can.
- please add any of your movie-inspired kid sewing to the film petit flickr group. if you sew along with our film petit choices, we’d love to see that too!
- this is a pretty relaxed series, really the only rule is to make outfits for kids based on films you love. if you have any questions, please let either of us know.
- film petit archives: the life aquatic with steve zissou, amélie, fantastic mr. fox, psycho, moonrise kingdom, ferris bueller’s day off, the big lebowski, back to the future, napoleon dynamite, zoolander
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