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Mary Poppins Inspired by The Inspired Wren

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 by in Disney (not princesses), Season 2 | 0 comments

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.

Sew a Mary Poppins-inspired jacket out of sweatshirting for everyday wear | The Inspired Wren for CraftingCon

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 sewn and crocheted | The Inspired Wren
Mary Poppins Costume(s) 2013
So many movies from the Disney cannon have burned brightly for The Peanut only to fade in time — Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Tangled, even Frozen. Last week, after months without our favorite chimney sweep, I was referencing “Step in Time” trying to find inspiration for this project. She came running in and breathlessly exclaimed, “THIS is my very favorite movie ever made in the whole wide world!” Together we decided to incorporate the video I was watching into a shirt for everyday wear.
Sew printed woven with coordinating knit fabrics to create an everyday tee celebrating your favorite movie | The Inspired Wren for CraftingCon
In every job that must be sewn there is an element of fun, you find the fun and, SNAP! the job’s a game! The fun in sewing this shirt is combining printed woven cotton with knit fabric for an easy to wear, Disney-fied top. Here’s how:
Print your own fabric with your inkjet printer! | The Inspired Wren
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
    Sew printed woven with coordinating knit fabrics to create an everyday tee celebrating your favorite movie | The Inspired Wren for CraftingCon
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Fan-wear can be chic, not costumey, when sewn in comfy knits and denim | The Inspired Wren for CraftingCon

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.

Sew your own supercalifragilisticexpialidocious fan wear | The Inspired Wren for CraftingCon

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?

A proper kite needs a proper tail. Votes for Women! Am I right, Sister Suffragettes? | The Inspired Wren for CraftingCon

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