Mary Poppins Inspired by The Inspired Wren
Hello, CraftingCon! I’m so excited to be back. Last time I was here I hitched a broom to Hogwarts and found myself on the banks of the Great Lake. Today, I’ve hopped a cloud o’er the rooftops of London and pulled a Mary Poppins inspired outfit out of my bottomless carpet bag.
My muse, model, and daughter (The Peanut) has fallen hard for the magical nanny with the umbrella. Her love of all things Poppins began well over two years ago, before her 4th birthday. That year when I suggested a Poppins-themed party she skipped around the room, then ran up to me and declared, “And you’ll go to your sewing machine and sew me a Mary Poppins outfit to wear!” How could I say no to that?! Seven months later she still wanted to be Mary Poppins “flying on the cloud, not in the chalk drawing” for Halloween.
|Mary Poppins Costume(s) 2013|
- Decide on your fabrics. I took a screen grab of the video, lightened as much as possible so it would print clearly, and printed it directly onto a lightweight muslin. For more on that, check out this tutorial for printing on fabric from my last visit to CraftingCon. Of course there are also many fabulous licensed Disney quilting cottons readily available that would be perfect for this kind of shirt if you don’t feel up to printing fabric (for your own, personal use; never for sale without copyright permission).
- Color block your favorite tee-shirt pattern. Here I’ve used a Flashback Skinny Tee. Draw lines and cut (or trace) your pattern where you’d like the fabric to change. Be thoughtful about where to place the woven non-stretch fabric. I prefer it across the back, like so, but it could probably also work across the front. Do not place it at the neckline (or you’ll need to add a button opening/closure to fit over the head), and I like to avoid the armscye as well — the tee shirt pattern was drafted with knit (stretch) fabric in mind, you don’t want to be working against the pattern.
- Add seam allowances. Be sure to add seam allowances at all the places you’ve sliced the pattern. If one bodice piece became two pieces, you’ll need to add seam allowance to both pieces where they will join back together again.
- Sew the fabric together until they resemble the original pattern blocks. You can use a straight stitch when joining the knit to the woven fabric, but use a stretch stitch or serger where knit joins to knit — the fabric will still want to stretch and you don’t want any popped stitches after all your hard work.
- Continue construction of your shirt following the original pattern instructions.
I’ve paired the new, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious tee with some red Small Fry Skinny Jeans. I’d say it was an homage to Mary Poppins red & white chalk drawing dress, or her red coat on the rooftops of London, but it wasn’t a conscious decision. It just felt right.
I’ve topped the tee and jeans with her Halloween costume coat from 2014. It still fits across the shoulders, though the sleeves are three-quarter length now. I created the coat by hacking a Simplicity pirate costume pattern. I deliberately sewed the coat out of navy-blue sweatshirting, so that it would wear like a sweater rather than a stiff costume piece — I like it when costume pieces can double as everyday clothes after their initial need has passed. Sadly, I was unable to find a way to do that for this year’s tarantula.
In one last nod to my favorite song in the movie, I’ve added a kite to the back of the jacket. Although “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” is a lovely song, the one that goes round in my head for days is “Sister Suffragettes.” After all, a proper kite needs a proper tail, don’t you think?
Find more of Ren Murphy’s inspired sewing, crochet, and crafts at The Inspired Wren.