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Spirited Away with Inspinration

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 by in Anime, Season 4, Studio Ghibli | 1 comment

Hi, it’s Miranda from Inspinration again. I hope you
liked my first post on Veronica
Mars
, I heard it actually got re-tweeted by Rob Thomas (writer of the
show)! I presume that nothing this major is going to happen with this
post, but you never know. This months theme is “anime”, and in the
anime world anything can happen.

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By day I am an academic,
and as a true academic I started this months sewing adventure with
research. I googled “anime” and found on Wikipedia (a source none of my
students are ever allowed to use) that anime actually just means
animation, and theoretically does not have to be Japanese style
animation (like I said, you have to careful with Wikipedia info). I
kind of assumed that the ladies from Craftingcon intended us to get
our inspiration from Japanese animation, so I played it safe. I might
have picked the most well known Japanese animation movie, Spirited
Away. (Wikipedia told me that it is the most successful Japanese
movie ever, no clue about the authenticity of this claim.)

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The movie is about a
little girl who ends up in a world with ghosts. Those ghosts were the
inspiration for this outfit. The ghosts are black and have a white
mask for a face. Somehow the Groove
dress by Made it
patterns
immediate came to mind as the base for this garment. The
pattern cover shows a super cool black dress, so it might not be hard
to imagine where my pattern inspiration came from.

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For a while I was doubting
how to incorporate the face. For long I was planning to do a flex
print on the front, but then I got the idea to do it at the back of
the hood. I choose the high low hem version, so that meant the back
was going to be extra long. Perfect ghost material. Then I decided to
just use a mask for the shoot and keep the dress black. I started
cutting the dress from black summer sweat (bought at Joyfits) and realized there was no way
to cut a full hood from the fabric. I had one meter and had been a bit
optimistic (who ever reads fabric requirements).

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No problem, enter my
original plan. I pieced a hood together from black leftovers and some
silver sparkling sweat (also from Joyfits). I considered using some
white fabric, but I feared that that would result in an unwashable
garment. This silver sparkle fabric is kind a grey, so totally fine to
wash with black. I cut some flex by hand (which was actually a left
over from somebody else, that I snatched with permission on a
gathering, because I could not stand it going into the bin).

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My girl, who is usually
into colorful clothes, loved this addition to her wardrobe. It is a
bit warm for now, but she was very willing to play a little ghost for
the shoot. Especially because I allowed her to put it on backwards as
well. How cool would it have been if I had actually made holes for the
eyes!

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1 Comment

  1. Very clever way to make a dress into a costume but keeping it wearable for everyday wear.

    Years ago I made my daughter a hoodie with eyes underneath the hood and she loved that she could use it for imaginative play as well as a functional top. I think I need to make her a hooded Groove Dress version 😉

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