film petit: moonrise kingdom

ooooh wes anderson, you’re just too good. we can’t stay away!

film petit: moonrise kingdom

it was only a matter of time before we were lured in by the amazing costumes in the visually stunning moonrise kingdom, which came out earlier in 2012. this movie is a story of Sam the khaki scout and Suzy the rebellious bookworm, two kids that each feel alone on opposite sides of the wooded Island of New Penzance until they meet each other by chance. they begin corresponding, then they plan a daring runaway meet up and outdoor adventure, which culminates in a wedding! here are a few shots from the movie to set the scene i was inspired by:

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while Suzy’s collared dress is an iconic garment in the movie, her coat in this scene really blew me away too. i love the rosy-raspberry colors set against the greenery of the island and Sam’s khaki scout uniform, as well as the unique design. i knew if i made a coat like that for Em, she’d likely get a lot of use out it as a winter coat, so i went for it! and I knew Sam’s uniform details would be fun to tackle in their own right.

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my “Sam,” you may notice, is not O! it’s my nephew S, who is just 10 days younger than Em. these two see each other nearly every day and act almost like brother and sister, they’re so comfortable around each other. they’re pretty cute to watch.

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S is also a much easier model than O. for one thing, a 4.5 year old leaves hats and glasses on much better than a 2 year old! for another, he and Em are the same size. and finally, he’s a ham and they have a lot of fun together!

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okay let’s talk about the outfits. for Sam’s, my goal was to invoke the khaki scout uniform as much as i could. S seemed to really love dressing up in it – he said “i look like a scouter!” and got really into playing the role.

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i sewed the oliver + s sketchbook shirt and shorts in a 2T for him, adding piped flap pockets, piped epaulets, and custom patches/buttons galore to the top. the buttons on the left side are covered with linen, then i drew symbols on there for Sam’s achievements. the shirt and shorts are kona cotton, sweet pea i believe.

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the shorts have modified pockets with piped fold over flap that buttons down. i also added faux flap pockets to the back and fold up cuffs. i made a “coonskin cap” out of faux fur starting with the Oliver + S bucket hat pattern, and made a scarf out of yellow kona that closes with a little extra faux fur.

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Sam has a couple “secret” buttons – one is a prior film petit reference, and one is a christmas tree pin as an homage to Sam’s mother’s brooch. tis the season after all!

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for Suzy, i made a cozy rosy frankencoat!

film petit: moonrise kingdom

i started with the sunday brunch jacket in 4T, then a-lined the top bodice and lengthened it. i shortened the sleeves and added the 4T sketchbook collar to the top. the coat is fully lined with a super soft timeless treasures houndstooth flannel, which i basted to an old flannel baby blanket of Em’s as interlining – it’s like she’s wearing two layers of blanket when she wears this coat! i put flannel in some side seam pockets, too. the outer fabric is some kind of polyester, i think. it was super cheap but pretty perfect. i drafted a capelet pattern and just hand-tacked it under the collar.

i got her beret at H&M (adult size) and their socks at the Gap. her “sunday school shoes” are from etsy, a great find by Robin.

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and what’s a Suzy outfit without personalized binoculars? they’re her secret power!

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Sam says “marry me!”

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and Suzy says “I do!”

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(well actually in real life she yelled “nooooooo!” and ran away…probably better not to want to marry your cousin anyway, right?)

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Sam and Suzy, hand in hand. such a great little duo.

now head on over to Nested in Stitches, where our guest Robin sewed two outfits – one inspired by Bill Murray’s character so you know THAT’S gonna be great, and another inspired by the scoutmaster’s tent! pretty awesome and creative – go go!

and be sure to visit A Little Gray, where Jess sewed the instantly iconic Suzy dress…and she NAILED it! her little gal is too cute for words. i just wanna squeeze her!

thanks for joining us for another film petit!


here are the guidelines for film petit:

  • every month or so, Jessica and i (plus a guest blogger) will sew an outfit (or outfits) for our kid (or kids) inspired by a movie we love. our next guest will be shannon from luvinthemommyhood!
  • please feel free to 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
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53 thoughts on “film petit: moonrise kingdom

  1. stirandstitch says:

    oh my, you’ve just made my day! wes anderson, bill murray and frances mcdormand – three of the best people, ever. i can’t wait to track down this film!!
    your outfits are just perfect, and the detail on the scout uniform is fantastic 🙂 so sweet!

  2. Jane says:

    Holy Crap!! I can’t believe this!! So so cute!! The details are amazing! seriously!!! And, I love this movie! What a great movie…oh my, i think you out did yourself!

  3. Karenrn says:

    My favorite movie and you have so captured the feel of it in your sweet vignette. I loved how your fledgling actors played their parts so well. If you haven’t seen the movie please do, it is a real treat. And then be prepared to be inspired to sew along. Thanks for the heartfelt smile this morning.

  4. gail says:

    well this is beyond amazing (though i’d expect no less given the precedent you’ve set!). your attention to detail blows me away, seriously. and those models of yours are the most perfect sam and suzy imaginable!

  5. Jess at Me Sew Crazy says:

    Kriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiistin!!!!!!!! I am dying! This is so fantastic, you just made my day. I am in love! I always get so excited over Film Petit day! And its here! YEAH! you guys all did a fabulous job, as always. I love this!

  6. Jessica says:

    I am officially slain.

    Seriously, I can’t get over your Sam. Well, all of it really. Perfect models and pictures too. We are victorious!! (Over what, I’m not sure)

  7. kim says:

    gah, you are SO GOOD! Seriously! The combination of your aesthetic plus sewing abilities plus photography is just phenomenal. I am so impressed with everything you do.

    oh, and Film Petit days make me happy. 🙂

  8. Rae says:

    GAH!!! LOVE it, girl. You are really good. All of the details are really, really amazing! I can’t get over all the patches. And the coonskin cap? And the coat? It’s all really great. Bravo, again!

  9. nestedinstitches says:

    Kristin, every last detail is perfect, you totally nailed this! I love Suzy’s coat, but “scouter” Sam is seriously over the top cute. You are the master of details, and you did it again! Thanks again for letting me join in the fun this month, I can’t wait to see what FP will be next month.

  10. Cherie says:

    I seriously don’t even know where to start, Kristin. Pretty much what everybody above me has already said times a million. This is just absolutely incredible! I mean, the Khaki Scout uniform? Aaaall those details. It’s perfection. And that coat is just gorgeous! I could go on and on for hours listing all my favorite parts and details, but really it’s just all of it – the clothes, the location, the photography, the details. I mean, you just go above and beyond EVERY TIME huh? Well done Kristin. I know how much work goes into this and I appreciate it!!

  11. Max says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! This is SO CUTE. Oh my gosh. I love this. I haven’t seen many Wes Anderson films, but I really enjoy their kookiness. You nailed this. I am so in love with film petit!

  12. Shelley says:

    Holy cow, those outfits are so cute, and so perfect in recreating the film costumes. Beautifully photographed and the kids together just make it all magic! Well done!

  13. danawillard says:

    This is so great Kristin! The details, wow! Well done. All three of you did a wonderful job. I always look forward to these posts 🙂

  14. tara says:

    you are so amazing! The detail in these outfits is really impressive…all those patches and little additions, like the capelet and piping! The sketchbook pattern makes a pretty great launching point for little boy creations.

    • kristin says:

      it really does – great to have a basic pattern to start with, and the additions really aren’t that tough (though the piping definitely got tedious). thanks!

  15. melissa q. says:

    Oh stop it! This really is too much. First, that film is incredible and second, the outfits in that film are incredible and third, your interpretation of these outfits is mind-blowing and fourth (!!) your boy model blows my mind!! Phew, my enthusiasm has exhausted me. Nice work!

  16. lindsay :) says:

    Did I comment on how adorbs this is? I just picked up the dvd- looking forward to watching it to night and thinking of sweet little Em and co. rocking their film petit duds.

  17. Allie says:

    Oh wow. This is so good. I love loved this movie and these are absolutely precious. I featured this on my Favorite Things Thursday post today Come check it out and grab a button if you want.

  18. Joanna says:

    Wow, love your work! Do you make and sell any of your adorable creations? I would love to buy a khaki scout costume for my little guy’s upcoming camping themed bday party. He is a 3T-4T.

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