Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably she is exceedingly lovely

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

For the next outfit in my Wes Anderson series, I created a dress inspired by the character of Agatha from the Grand Budapest Hotel. Michael and I adored this film. It was released while he was going through radiotherapy and I remember going straight from the hospital after a treatment session to watch it at the cinema together as he was so excited to see it. I think it has the best story line and pace of all of his films, as well as being incredibly funny! It’s also visually delicious, from the pink facade of the hotel in it’s glory days and the rich purples of the staff uniforms, to the pastel beauty of Mendl’s pastries.

Agatha, Grand Budapest Hotel

Agatha’s uniform (above) is a simple but pretty dress with a peter pan collar, and I decided to recreate this outfit with a slight twist.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

I don’t often wear solid colour dresses so rather than copy the dress exactly I chose a fabric inspired by the colour palette, a cream and coral Art Gallery striped print from The Crafty Mastermind. I edged the collar, sleeves and hem with a complimentary coral bias binding, and made a little bow for the collar.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

To create the shape of the dress, I hacked the Emery dress pattern, which you will know by now is my favourite! I love the shape, fit and vintage style of the Emery, but needed to tweak a few details to more closely mimic Agatha’s dress. I rounded the edges of the collar to create a soft peter pan collar, added gathering and volume to the sleeve head and extended the sleeve length, and pleated the skirt rather than gathering it.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

I’m really pleased with the finished dress, it’s very sweet with a vintage feel and will be lovely to wear in the summer. Happily I recently restocked my collection of Sun Jellies sandals and have a peach pair which match perfectly! I’m off on holiday at the end of the month and this dress will definitely be coming with me.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

And as the perfect finishing touch, I found this Mendl’s brooch from Sayonara Baby on Etsy.

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

Now if only someone would deliver a real Mendl’s box to me with a Courtesan au Chocolat, mmm! Perhaps I should have a go at making my own with this recipe!

Emery dress, inspired by Agatha's Mendl's uniform from the Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson

Next up I’ll be recreating Suzy Bishop’s iconic dress from Moonrise Kingdom, I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Lucy x

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Let Me Tell You About My Boat

The Life Aquatic Team Zissou inspired Jumpsuit, Tilly & The Buttons Bettine / Marigold Jumpsuit, Wes Anderson

Following on from my Fantastic Mrs Fox dress, for my next Wes Anderson movie themed outfit I made a jumpsuit inspired by The Life Aquatic. It was Michael’s number one favourite Wes Anderson film, and certainly our most watched! I also finished up a model of the Belafonte Michael had planned, and there are some pictures later in this post.

The Life Aquatic Team Zissou inspired Jumpsuit, Belafonte Model Boat, Wes Anderson

Team Zissou Jumpsuit

The Life Aquatic Steve Zissou Wes Anderson

I decided to make a jumpsuit referencing the colours and details from the iconic Team Zissou uniforms, so I could be part of the crew and ready for the next expedition. All finished off with Michael’s red hat.

The Life Aquatic Team Zissou inspired Jumpsuit, Tilly & The Buttons Bettine / Marigold Jumpsuit, Wes Anderson

To make the jumpsuit, I paired the Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress bodice with the Marigold jumpsuit waistband and trousers. I added a zip up the back of the bodice, but otherwise it was fairly straightforward to piece the two patterns together, and it creates a very comfortable shape!

The Life Aquatic Team Zissou inspired Jumpsuit, Tilly & The Buttons Bettine / Marigold Jumpsuit, Wes Anderson

I chose a light blue chambray as the main material, and added contrasts in a deep blue cloud print by Cotton & Steel. I made a dress for Mum in this print last year and fortunately had enough fabric left for the contrast details.

The Life Aquatic Team Zissou Unpaid Intern Patch, Wes Anderson

I found this patch on Etsy as the finishing touch so I could be part of the team, but only as an unpaid intern!

The Life Aquatic Team Zissou inspired Jumpsuit, Tilly & The Buttons Bettine / Marigold Jumpsuit, Wes Anderson

The Belafonte

The Life Aquatic Belafonte

In homage to his favourite film, Michael had been planning to make a model of the Belafonte, Zissou’s boat. I recently decided to finish it for him.

The Life Aquatic Team Zissou Belafonte Model Boat, Wes Anderson

After meticulously researching examples of model boats other fans had made, and studying photos in his Wes Anderson Collection book, Michael found a kit for a Revell explorer boat which looked similar (and even has a submarine on the back deck!) and chose the paint colours he needed.

The Life Aquatic Team Zissou Belafonte Model Boat, Wes Anderson

Recently I was watching the film again and felt ready to have a go at building and painting the boat for him. It was a lot more difficult than I expected, and required lots of patience and a very steady hand! But I’m mostly quite pleased with how it turned out. I think Michael would be proud, and I hope it’s how he envisaged it. It’s now taking pride of place on our bookshelf.

Michael posing as Zissou in Legoland

And here he is, my very own Zissou, off on an adventure in Legoland!

Lucy x

Fantastic Mrs Fox Dress

Fantastic Mrs Fox Dress, Tilly & The Buttons Martha Dress, Fantastic Mr Fox Outfit, Wes Anderson

One of the many excellent things Michael introduced me to were the films of Wes Anderson. He admired the impeccable styling and always wanted to host a Wes Anderson theme party where everyone dressed up as a character. In homage to this I recently had the idea of making a series of dresses inspired by each of his films. They will be a mix of dresses replicating the style of particular characters or using fabrics and prints referencing  favourite elements of each film, since my aim is to create fun but wearable dresses rather than exact costumes! Halloween weekend seems like the perfect time to start with my first dress, inspired by the animated film Fantastic Mr Fox and the dress Mrs Fox wears. I think Michael most wanted to dress up as Mr Fox in his dashing corduroy suit, and from what I’ve seen on Pinterest it’s a very popular couple’s Halloween costume!

Fantastic Mrs Fox Quote

Fantastic Mr Fox was one of our favourite films as Michael also loved the original Roald Dahl book. When we first moved to London he would say “Hello Fantastic Mr Fox!” to any fox we saw! We even chose the soundtrack to the film as part of the playlist for our wedding.

Fantastic Mrs Fox Dress, Tilly & The Buttons Martha Dress, Fantastic Mr Fox Outfit, Wes Anderson

I actually had the idea to make Mrs Fox’s dress a few months ago when I first saw Tilly & The Buttons Martha dress pattern. The collar and shaping of the dress instantly made me think of Mrs Fox, so I picked up a copy of the pattern at Tilly’s stall at The Handmade Fair in September.

1. Spoonflower  /  2. Benartex Red Apples from eBay /  3. Japanese Twill from Miss Matatabi  

Mrs Fox’s dress is mustard yellow with red apples and after hunting online I found a few similar options. The best replica is a print I found on Spoonflower, but it was just a bit too expensive by the time I factored in VAT and shipping in the amount I needed to make the Martha dress. I was pleased when I found a similar and more affordable alternative on eBay. It’s a little bit more beige and less yellow in real life than it looked on the screen, but I think it still obviously references Mrs Fox’s dress. Annoyingly, just as I was finishing this dress a few days ago I stumbled upon another excellent possibility from one of my favourite Etsy sellers Miss Matatabi which is very close to the actual print, and on sale too! Oh well!

Fantastic Mrs Fox Dress, Tilly & The Buttons Martha Dress, Fantastic Mr Fox Outfit, Wes Anderson

I styled it with my foxy eye mask which was a DIY from an early Lucky Dip Club box, a badge I found on Etsy to replicate Mrs Fox’s cameo brooch, and some bright orange tights from We Love Colors.  All in all, a cussing great outfit!!

Fantastic Mr Fox

Etsy Wishlist: Fantastic Mr Fox edit

As well as the many incredible costumes I’ve seen inspired by the Wes Anderson films, there is also so much great fan art out there and I’ve put together a wishlist of foxy Etsy products I have my eye on!

1. Ash brooch by Sayonara Baby  /  2. Print by Fable & Black

3. Fox Knitting Kit by Sincerely Louise  /  4. Running Fox necklace by Layla Amber

It was a lot of fun making and styling this dress and I know Michael would have absolutely loved it. I’ve got lots of ideas for my next dresses inspired by Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom (my personal favourite) and The Grand Budapest Hotel. I’m missing off Bottle Rocket since I can’t really decide how to do it, and it was never really our favourite, so I think I can forgive the exception. All just a bit of fun, but I’m sure Michael would have loved to know I was doing this. He was actually working on a few Lego projects inspired by Wes Anderson buildings, which I might share pictures of in the corresponding posts too.

Happy Halloween!

Lucy x