I think it’s no secret how much I love being a part of blog tours, so when Becca had the idea for a Six Degrees of Separation Tour, I knew I wanted in! And then she started posting the sign ups and I was like, “Wait? What? I have to actually think about how to connect a movie??” I didn’t have enough brain power left that day, so I reluctantly didn’t even try to figure out a connection. Luckily for me, Becca decided to feature some sew-along-ers and I immediately claimed my spot! I’m sewing along with the super-cool and talented Brianne – she picked a movie that’s right up my alley (hahaha – pun intended!).
When Man of Steel came out in the theaters on June 10, 2013, I was literally fourteen days away from having Tim – that little guy right up there! I told Andy (the big guy up there) that I was craving movie theater popcorn and made him take me ;) I had to run out to pee at least five times and that first scene where Lara is in labor nearly sent me into labor, but I loved it anyway!
For the boys, I went pretty classic Clark Kent. Jeans (Kudzu cargos for Tim, Calvin cargos for John), tees (both are Safari Raglans – it was too cold to take pictures without the jackets), and plaid flannel jackets (Lumberjack Shirts) with pleather sleeves and knit lining.
I couldn’t resist adding “s”s to the back pockets. I remember in middle school we drew these starting with six vertical lines and connecting them to make an “s” – we all thought we were so cool and clever! I liked Superman even back then, so it was a fun bit of nostalgia.
For the shirts, I printed the logo from the movie (yay Google!) and traced the main lines onto sticky fabri-solvy (I love that stuff – I love saying it even more!). I layered a scrap of yellow and then red onto the shirts and stuck the sticky solvy on top. I sewed along all the lines and did some careful clipping with a tiny pair of scissors, crossing my fingers the whole time. It worked!
For Andy’s jacket, I was really inspired by the armor that Jor-El wears in the movie and this jacket. I started with the KBSD Men’s Henley since it had the shoulder detail. From there, I went to Hacking Town! I separated the front for a zipper, added piecing to all the pieces, lowered the neck, added a collar and cuffs, and fully lined everything. On the shoulders, I pin-tucked the inset pieces – you’d think I’d have learned my lesson after the last time I pintucked – it just looks so cool, I can’t help myself! I added the logo the same way I sewed the boys’ and am so fricking impressed with my matching job!! Totally patting myself on the back for that!
Even the back looks interesting! I used a pleather from JoAnns (now he coordinates with John!) – it has some kind of backing so I was able to add all the stitching details without worrying about perforating the fabric.
Andy’s happy I sewed for him – especially a jacket like this – and the boys are happy they’re “twins”. And I’m happy I got to watch the movie a bunch of times for “research” ;) To prove I was actually paying attention and not just admiring the costumes and ogling Russell Crowe (mmmmmmmm – don’t worry, Andy already knows…), I’ll close with one of my favorite quotes from the movie:
“You’re not just anyone. One day, you’re going to have to make a choice. You’ll have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, he’s going to change the world.”
~ Jonathan Kent
If you haven’t been following this tour, you should definitely go back and check out all the stops! And if you’re already caught up, Feather’s Flight is next!
- Monday Dec. 7: Free Notion | Creative Counselor
- Tuesday Dec. 8: A Jennuine Life | Climbing the Willow | Bonus Stops! Rebel and Malice | Cindy Parrett
- Wednesday Dec. 9: Lauren Fazio | Falafel and the Bee | Bonus Stop! That’s What She Crafted
- Thursday Dec. 10: Paisley Roots | The Wholesome Mama
- Friday Dec. 11: It’s Been Taylored | Mae & K
- Monday Dec. 14: Simple.Blessed | Pincushion Porcupine
- Tuesday Dec. 15: Call Ajaire | Lulu & Celeste
- Wednesday Dec. 16: Work Pray Sew | Pear Berry Lane | Bonus Stop! Adventures With Bubba and Bug
- Thursday Dec. 17: Ali Cat & Co | Feathers Flights | Bonus Stops! Friends Stitched Together | Knot Sew Normal
- Friday Dec. 18: MSL Creations | Creative Counselor | Bonus Stop! Make It Sew Seattle