A Day in Storybrooke

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About this time yesterday I laced up my adventure boots, hopped in my car, and drove up to Storybrooke, Maine.

Well, it reality it was a town called Steveston in British Columbia, Canada, which is where they film my favorite show of all time: Once Upon a Time.

Road trip!


I’ve talked about it on here briefly before, but anybody who knows me in real life knows that I am a huge fan of the show. So, imagine my delight and surprise when I realized that the town they use to film the exterior scenes is only two hours from me.

Arriving in Steveston

The day I was there was not a day they were filming, but some of the signs are left up all year round. I had a fun time walking along the streets, spotting Storybrooke signage hidden in plain sight among the rest of the regular businesses.

I had lunch at a location very well known to fans: Granny’s Diner.

A.K.A. The Cannery Cafe.

I had a truly delicious fish burger and the people there were incredibly nice. The whole town felt super welcoming! I was surprised how many people were out and about, milling around the town on a super rainy Thursday afternoon.

When I say rainy, I mean rainy. Like, dumping. When I got there it was just starting to sprinkle, but when I came out from lunch I almost got blown away. And then, as quickly as it began, it stopped. The sun didn’t come out but at least it was dry!

I’d love to be there on a day they’re actually filming. I felt a little conspicuous walking around taking pictures, so I tried to stick to phone photos and quick selfies to try to blend in at least a little. I scouted out quite a few recognizable filming locations, though!

It’s a beautiful town on the water that would be worth visiting even without the connection to the show. I definitely want to go back to spend some time at the docks in a little warmer weather.

I did a little window shopping, popped into a couple of the stores, and had fun playing with Canadian money. Haha.

And then, of course, it got sunnier and sunnier the closer I got to home. I definitely foresee another trip up there sometime in the near future – perhaps once spring finally arrives.

Anyone else watch Once Upon a Time? Have you ever been to Steveston?

Once Upon a Skirt

Once Upon a Time is, hands down, my favorite show. If you’ve never seen it, it’s basically the story of all the famous fairy tale characters cursed to live their lives trapped in our world, the “land without magic.” It’s full of true love and heartache, good and evil, princesses and pirates, and some of the most stunning costumes I’ve ever seen. So, in honor of its winter premiere last night, I want to share a project that was a long time in the making.
Back in season two, Belle (yes, as in Beauty and the Beast) wore this skirt and I loved it as soon as I saw it and knew that I had to have something like it.

This project wasn’t at the top of my list, so I worked slowly over the next few months, planning it out and hoping that I would happen across the fabric. After compiling and analyzing images of the skirt, I settled on a 3/4 circle skirt with about a 2″ waistband.

One of my favorite details about the skirt is that it isn’t hemmed. Instead, it’s left to fray with a line of thread about an inch above the bottom to keep it from unraveling too much.
In researching it online, I came across two exact matches on WornOnTv and read that it was lined with yellow fabric. I couldn’t find any pictures of it, but I could catch a few glimpses of it during the show and in gifs.
So when I came across a cut of this fabric in a second-hand shop for $3 I was ready to start sewing. It was remarkably similar to Belle’s, only slightly more blue. Unfortunately, when I got it home and unrolled it I found that there was hardly anything there. Less than a yard, in all.
So I spent a few days marking out my measurement with pins, taking it all out and readjusting to try to get enough out of it. I kept trying to get it all cut in two to three pieces, but it wouldn’t all fit onto the fabric. I shelved the project for a few more weeks, wanting to wait until I’d drafted a paper pattern that I could cut up and piece together as needed.
But before I got around to it I found this pattern on sale for $1 at Joann’s; just the thing I was needing.
I was just able to cut out all that I needed. I had to make one piece into two parts (making a 5-piece skirt instead of 3-) and cut the waistband out in three parts, but it worked out in the end.

I dug out some blue fabric left over from a project from a few years ago to line it with. It hangs loose, a couple inches shorter than the outer layer, and makes a rather lovely swishing sound when I move.

Final Product:
Front                                                 Side
Back                                                 Lining
It closes with a zipper at center back and two hooks-and-eyes on the waistband. I had to help the fraying hem along a little, pulling the strings carefully apart around the circumference, but it is still one of my favorite things about the skirt.
I finished it back in the last few weeks of January and have worn it several times since. It’s definitely one of my favorite pieces to wear.
Have you ever made anything inspired by a television show? How did it turn out?