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Astrid Inspired by Climbing the Willow

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 by in Once Upon a Time, Season 2 | 0 comments

I just love the theme Once Upon a Time!  It brings to mind dragons, knights and damsels in distress.  Unfortunately for me, it’s also a really broad theme, which means I had about a thousand ideas about what to sew, and narrowing it down to one was almost impossible 🙂  In the end, I decided to create an outfit that mashes up a great kids movie (How to Train Your Dragon) with just a little bit of family history topped with a modern vibe.

Meet my little Viking warrior, modernized for the 21st century!  There’s absolutely nothing girly, frilly, or feminine about this outfit in the least, yet somehow it still reads as girl, and I’m not entirely sure why … maybe it’s the faux fur 😉  And, although I know it’s not remotely from the same time period, the whole look kind of makes me think of the Shakespeare quote “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

As I designed Mae’s outfit, I attempted to keep the more distinct aspects of Astrid’s outfit from the movie and interpret them in a practical way.  I’m not sure that I entirely succeeded, but Mae is willing to wear the clothes (with the exception of the fingerless gloves!) and that’s all that really matters in the end anyway! Some of the things are obvious like the gloves and the fur vest, but some are more subtle like the leather sleeves to represent Astrid’s armor and the stitched knee detail on the jeans, which is about as close to kneepads as we will ever come in our house! All the sewing patterns are from various issues of Ottobre Magazine, which I would recommend to anyone with a decent amount of sewing experience.

The reversible vest was pretty simple to make.  But if you’ve never made one before, I would encourage you to try out this tutorial.  It’s by far the easiest way (at least for me!) to make a decent looking, fully reversible vest.  And please ignore the fur all over the top in this next photo.  I picked a faux fur that sheds like crazy, and then sticks to absolutely any surface it touches, including people!

At the beginning of this post I mentioned that I incorporated a bit of family history into the outfit as well.  My husband’s family is Norwegian, so I couldn’t help but add a crest to the front of the shirt with a little nod to the Norwegian flag 🙂  I considered using the family crest, but I was running out of time, and it’s significantly more complicated to applique.  Maybe next time!

If you are interested in more details about the patterns and fabrics I used, please visit my blog!

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