Studio Ghibli, you guys, STUDIO GHIBLI!
I have to be completely honest, just a few months ago I knew nothing about Studio Ghibli. After noticing Totoros popping up all over the internet, and a bookstore that I frequent, I knew I had to find out what all the fuss was about. The first Ghibli movie that my family watched was My Neighbor Totoro. We were not disappointed. At all. (For those of you who aren’t Ghibli followers, our favorites are My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo.)
While I was stoked about this theme, my brain has been on super stress mode this month, so I was totally blocked about where I wanted to go with it. When I told Cameron about it, he immediately proclaimed, “I want to be a big Totoro!”. So, that was the plan. I even got as far as buying a sweater to refashion. But, then I changed my mind, I knew that if I made the sweater I planned, he would wear it…and often. Since we are still hitting temps of over 130F, I knew that wasn’t going to be the best bet for now.
I kept thinking…and thinking…and thinking. And none of my ideas were getting me anywhere…so I stopped thinking. And that’s when the idea of Kiki’s dress came along. I had been wanting to sew up a Lady Skater anyway, so this was the perfect opportunity.
Because I waited so long to sew up the dress I didn’t really plan out a photoshoot. So, at 6am, I was up on my roof trying to take pictures. It was a mess. I am not a fashion blogger. I’ll take selfies all day, but when I have to put my whole body in front of the camera…it’s awkward.
Here’s the deal with Kiki’s Lady Skater:
-I need to do a little tweaking on the sizing. For a first sew, I think it went really well, and the more I wear it the more comfortable I feel in it. But, it’s still a little on the tight side for my personal preference…also the preference of the entire country I live in.
-Although I adore the waistline (I mean, hello, I haven’t had an actual waistline in a couple years now), the skirt skims my love handles terribly. I camouflaged this problem by adding some pockets into the skirt seams.
-A simple LBD made perfect sense, but I wanted to relate a bit more to Kiki, so I made a little patchwork Jiji.
Gratuitous hair picture because I am finally almost 100% happy with the color:
And since I wasn’t very happy with my pictures, I decided to pass the buck to Alana. In a kind of homage to Kiki wearing the dress that was handed down from generation to generation, I let Alana borrow my dress for a little bit of fun. Ya’ll. It was the best idea I have had in ages.
I almost didn’t even share the pictures of me in the dress because she rocks the heck out of it. All I did was pull the neckline wayyyyyyy up and safety-pin it. Then I got her to hold the bodice up and I wrapped a scrap of knit around her waist…it made the whole bodice look awesomely blousey.
Although I was feeling inferior this go around (seriously, everyone made amazing looks this month), I am pretty happy that I ended up with a dress that I can just throw on and go, and Alana can wear with almost as little effort.
Click each picture below to check out the stars of this episode of Sew Geeky!