Thursday, October 31, 2013

A "Little House" Halloween

I am so pleased with my Halloween costume this year.  Frankly, I usually don't do much in the way of dressing up.  I might throw on my old witch's hat to greet trick-o-treaters at the door.  But, oh, not so this year!  This year I went all out and made myself a Little House on the Prairie themed costume.
The bulk of it I stitched up at the sewing retreat with my mom a few weeks back.  I ran around in the bonnet quite a bit of the time I was up there.  But it proved to be a bit of an ambitious project for a weekend retreat and so there were a few things I had to finish up on the dress at home.  Like making my first buttonholes.  And hemming and dying the dress--which I'd made in white fabric because it was all I had.

The buttonholes shocked me in how well they came out.  I'd been pretty nervous about them, especially since they are right down the front of the dress--front and center.  But, as it turns out the hook and eye closure at the waist was the one I should have been stressing about.  That was much trickier than I expect.  Go figure that I'd be worrying about the wrong thing.

So far only a couple people have pegged my Laura Ingalls Wilder homage, but the rest have been within the ballpark--a milkmaid, a pilgrim, an Amish girl.  That works for me.

I plan to incorporate the dress into my regular wardrobe after its use in the holiday festivities.  I think without the apron and bonnet it looks like a pretty normal dress.  I mean, maybe not the most modern of fashion, but hey, when have I ever been on the cutting edge of fashion!?!  I am so pleased with the dusky color of blue.  I adjusted the levels of dye several times until it was juuuuuuuust right--not bright like the sky, not dark like cobalt, but, right in the dusky middle.

It also probably goes without saying that the apron will get normal, every day use in the kitchen after Halloween, too.
The bonnet....well, gosh I adore a bonnet.  But, as much as I find them beautiful and charming I just don't think I can pull that off in my every day, modern life.  But, you can bet that I am pretty over-the-top enthused about wearing it all day today without anyone batting an eye.

I even made the shoes--little leather slippers I sewed from a kit more than a decade ago with my sister, Lisa.

I've always liked Halloween because I always liked to play "dress up."  And I am sure having LOTS of fun playing dress up today!
So, a very safe and happy Halloween to all of you from my Little House on the (Montana) Prairie!

6 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Beth - well done!!

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    1. Thanks, Pen! I was really tickled at how well it turned out--that is not always the case when it come to my sewing endeavors!

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  2. If I had an outfit like that I would wear it every day. It's gorgeous and I am so impressed by your sewing skills.

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    1. Thanks so very much. The outfit will definitely see more wear! I am so pleased with it.

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  3. I LOVE this outfit! (not costume - I agree with you!) Kudos for the successful dye job. Maybe you know this, but I find it helpful to wash dyed things with a color-catcher. They're little squares of fabric-stuff that you get close to the laundry detergent in the grocery store. Helps to grab any loose dye that might stain the rest of the load. Most of the things I've dyed at home are fine, but I never like to take a chance and I have a blue tablecloth that always needs it.

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    1. I have never heard of such a thing, but that could be handy! I always wash my new dyes with my black load or Matt's already-stained work tie-dye shirts. I will have to take a peek at the store next time I am there.

      And thanks. I was, as I've said, quite happy with how the whole project turned out...but I still need to tweak the hook and eyes. With the apron on it didn't matter, but wearing the dress sans apron they're still not quite right....

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