Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on July 28, 2011
Remember the gorgeous blue chiffon dress that Maria wore for the gazebo scene (Something Good), the puppet show, and the initial singing of “Edelweiss”? With those fluttery sleeves, blouson bodice and smocked insets, it was appropriately referred to as “that lovely little thing you were wearing the other evening” by Baroness Elsa Schraeder herself! For the last several years I have studied the dress in detail, and now the pattern is well underway so you will actually be able to make a similar dress yourself!
I am sharing “sneak peek” photos of the dress, but keep in mind that this is one of the initial prototypes and not the final version. As intricate as the dress may look, it is actually quite simple to sew, and even the honeycomb smocking can be replaced with machine shirring if you are not fond of hand sewing. I just love the sturdy belt worn over the gathered bodice which moves all the fullness to the upper bodice area, rather than looking like the Edwardian “pouter pigeon” silhouette if the dress was worn alone. This belt is also wonderful to wear over peasant style tops, since they tend to be a bit roomy in the waist area and add too much bulk if they are made of a stiff cotton. In back the belt dips down to a “v”, in a very similar fashion to the belts of the early 1900s. I’ll be posting pictures of that soon. (UPDATE: WE JUST HAD THE FINAL PHOTO SHOOT FOR MARIA’S SOUND OF MUSIC DRESS PATTERN, AND WE’VE ADDED SNEAK PEEK PHOTOS OF MARIA’S GAZEBO DRESS TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.)
If all goes as scheduled, this “Sound of Music” dress pattern should be released in late summer, so stay tuned for more updates! To learn how to do honeycomb smocking for this lovely Sound of Music dress, read our new tutorial here.
So long, farewell,