My eldest daughter Trinity needed a kids 1860’s costume for a school role play so we had some mumma / daughter time picking out a pattern and some fabric from Spotlight.
We were trying to find a pretty (but not too daggy) floral fabric for the main dress and she fell in love with this Japanese lawn. I just wish that we knew about the 40% off fabrics sale the next day! Oh well we did have a lovely time with just the two of us shopping and chatting away while hubby looked after the other kids back at home.
We used a plain cream/fawn coloured cotton for the bonnet style hat and apron to complete the old fashioned costume.
The pattern we chose was McCall’s Costumes 2337 which included three different costumes and can be purchased in both kids and adult sizes. The semi-fitted dress with long or short sleeves, apron, mop hat and bonnet style hat along with a few other accessories.
We used a little ric rac over the edge of the bottom frill to add a bit of detail and then the dress was complete. As hard as it is lately to get time to sit at my sewing machine I have missed my sewing time. Once I’ve finished the school craft stall I hope to make a stack of kids clothes for my four for summer.
A lot of the other kids will be wearing the mop style hats (they look like my shower cap!) but I do prefer this bonnet style.
She loves the dress and really looks the part in it. Can’t wait to see her school play and then after that it’s another dress up costume to add to our costume box.
Do you find yourself making outfits for school plays or bookweek? Do you love it, or hate it?