Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on May 17, 2011
If you are familiar with the von Trapp family story, you have probably wondered before, “Did Maria really make the children playclothes from her bedroom drapes?” The answer is, hilariously – yes!
Several years ago I heard Rosmarie von Trapp speak in concert, and she divulged that after their story became famous, she had asked her mother Maria if this humorous incident had actually occurred. Maria von Trapp admitted that is was indeed true. The fact that her own biological daughter hadn’t heard this story until after the Broadway musical opened leads me to wonder if she finally revealed the story to the directors in order to add to the humor of the production. Maria was known for having a great sense of humor, and admitted to fooling several ignorant individuals into believing some rather tall tales that she was fond of inventing. Some of these myths claimed that maple sugar candy grew on trees, Vermont cows ate cereal for breakfast, and Austrian turtles fed on human toes… And being the saintly Catholic that she was, Maria eventually went to confession to repent for the false statements she had made. : )
If you’ve never read her books before, I highly recommend that you get one! My favorite of her compositions is “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers”, a moving autobiography which chronicles her life as a nun, teacher to the von Trapp children, wife and mother of a large family, as well as her family’s new life in America.
But back to the playclothes made from drapes – Profiles in History recently sold an original “Louisa” dress made by the famous Western Costume company on their auctioning website. They do have another auction coming up soon with more “von Trapp” collector’s items, so you may want to take a look at what they’re selling.
And finally, if you’d like to make a “curtain dress” yourself, I recommend that wonderful new green and white toile print from Michael Miller fabrics! It is a fabulous cotton print with a glittery finish that would be perfect for a “Sound of Music” stage performance. It looks remarkably similar to the original material, and should hold up well for years of musical productions.