Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on November 4, 2014
Butterick 5859 Pattern Review
Fall is one of my favorite times of year as far as clothing goes, because I can wear all the colors that I’m “supposed” to – gold, red, rust, sage green, and rich chocolate browns. But the thing about colder weather is that I can’t always wear vintage dresses like I do in spring in summer lest my legs freeze! I have been making a concerted effort to still wear pretty things in cold weather and not resort entirely to “modern” styles, so I recently whipped up a pair of 1940s style slacks that fit the bill perfectly for chilly weather! It’s not very often I sew pants on the blog (the only other time was the Fourth of July 1940s outfit), but I promise to go back to sewing dresses soon.
Butterick 5859 has been on my “to-sew” list for quite a while, as I far prefer pants that have wide legs and higher waistlines. This pattern in particular extends all the way to the rib cage, not unlike some of Ginger Rogers’ late 1930s and early 1940s flowy dance trousers. In the 1940s the pants women wore were so much more flattering and forgiving than the styles of today, and they looked a lot more feminine, too! I just don’t understand why women wear skin tight leggings and “skinny jeans” that make their ankles look tiny, and everything else look really not very picturesque… You’d think women would have learned their lesson from the 1990s when those dreadful leggings were a fashion mainstay! But apparently for some reason which I can’t possibly imagine, the female population ditched the bootcut and wide leg pants from the early 2000’s for these decidedly unflattering styles of today… But I digress!
This pattern was very simple to sew with, and fairly easy to fit with the long darts in front and back. I moved the zipper from being a back closure to a side closure, since that’s the way women’s pants were generally constructed in the 1940s. I did find that the top of the pants were just a little too roomy to stay in place without shifting, so I took in about 1.5 inches at the very top of the waist. The pants are finished with a facing at the waist edge, and they could easily be lined, though I left them unlined.
I would definitely give Butterick 5859 a five star rating! If I had time I would make several pairs of pants from this pattern in several different colors. I used a medium weight polyester suiting fabric, but the design would work with a huge range of materials – velveteen, denim, twill, linen, or even something lightweight and fluid if you lined it.
I didn’t make anything from the rest of my outfit (sorry!), but a couple of the pieces are actual vintage items:
Hat: Purchased in a vintage store in London last year (40s/50s)
Mink Cape: Purchased in a local antique shop in the Great Northwest (40s/50s)
Shoes: Not vintage, but they look very 1940s! (I found them at a Naturalizer outlet store.)
Bolero & Camisole: from modern clothing stores
I’m on vacation right now and I should really go enjoy the view and the setting, but I just had to get this blog post up while I had time!
Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on October 27, 2014
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest for the Liesl’s Dancing Dress Pattern! After all the entries were in, the winner was Bethany! Bethany, I’ve sent you an email that you should receive shortly, so be sure to check your inbox! I so enjoyed reading everyone’s comments, and I’m glad that people enjoyed the Sound of Music trivia quiz, too.
Yes, the quiz was a bit challenging, I’ll admit, which is why I’m going to give you all the answers and details below! Here goes:
1. Which one of the following pink items was not mentioned in the film?
a. Pink Lemonade b. Pink Coat c. Pink Poodle d. Pink Parasol
The correct answer was C. – Pink Poodle!
For the record, “Pink Lemonade” was discussed by Baroness Schraeder and Uncle Max shortly after the party scene, “Pink Coat” was sung in “The Lonely Goatherd” (think, “One little girl in a pale pink coat – herd”), and “Pink Parasol” was said by Marta upon meeting Maria – “I’m Marta, I’m going to be seven on Tuesday, and I’d like a pink parasol.”
2. Which of the following foods are not mentioned in the film?
a. Wienerschnitzel b. Apple Strudel c. Bratwurst d. Chocolate Icing
The correct answer was C. – Bratwurst!
For those wondering when the above foods were mentioned, here are the lines they were taken from: “I really must speak to Cook about the Wienerschitzel. It is entirely too delicious for my figure.” – Baroness Schraeder
“Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudel” was sung by Maria during “My Favorite Things”.
“Chocolate icing” was shouted by one of the children during the “My Favorite Things” scene… “What things do you like?” “Pussy willows! Christmas! Bunny rabbits! Snakes! Chocolate Icing! No school! Pillow fights! Telegrams! Birthday Presents! Any presents! A good sneeze!…”
Salzburg’s magnificent Mirabell Gardens.
3. Which beverage was not listed in the film?
a. Champagne b. Beer c. Lemonade d. Juice e. Tea
The correct answer was D – Juice!
Champagne was mentioned on a number of occasions. First, when the Captain and the Baroness were strolling the grounds of the von Trapp villa near the lake (“Soaking myself in champagne” – Captain von Trapp), then by Liesl when she sang, “I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne”, and finally by Baroness Schraeder when she arrived back at the party from having chased Maria away. “Champagne, darling. I feel like celebrating – cheers!”
“Beer” was sung during the lyrics of “The Lonely Goatherd” – “Men drinking beer with a foam a float – herd…”
Lemonade was the topic of discussion during the children’s impromptu singing rehearsal on the back terrace of the von Trapp villa.
And tea‘s praises were sung all throughout the Austrian countryside and in the stone Festivalhaus in the song “Do Re Mi”. (You know, “Tea, a drink with jam and bread”…) 😉
4. Which wardrobe line does not come from “The Sound of Music”?
a. “The poor didn’t want this one.” b. “I’m not suitably dressed.” c. “I *can* make my own clothes.” d. “I think your dress is the ugliest one I ever saw!” e. “I do have the finest couturier in Vienna.” f. “How many dresses does a governess need?” g. “I made them – from the drapes that used to hang in my bedroom.” h. “Where was that lovely little thing you were wearing the other evening?…” i. “Take our new postulate to the robing room.” j. “No, no, the green one.”
And the correct answer was – J! – “No, no, the green one.” Does anyone recognize this line? LOL! It’s Mr. Darcy’s famous quote from the 1995 version of Pride & Prejudice. I’m sure some of my fellow Jane Austen fans picked up on that. 😉
So now for the correct answers, I think this was the main incorrect answer that was submitted. Most people guessed that “I do have the finest couturier…” was not in the film. But it was! Read on.
a. – Said to the Captain by Maria after they first met. b. Said to the Captain by Maria during the party scene. c. Said to the Captain by Maria when she arrived at the von Trapp villa. d. Said to Maria by Brigitta. e. Boasted by Baroness Schraeder to the Captain while walking around the lake. f. Said by Frau Schmidt to Maria. g. Said to the Captain by Maria after the boat tipped over… h. Said to Maria by Baroness Schraeder while she was “helping” her pick out a dress for the party. i. Said by the Reverend Mother only seconds before Maria arrived in her office.
Whew! Who knew there were so many fashion-related quotes in The Sound of Music?
This dress was first worn by an incoming postulate, and later by Maria when she returned to the von Trapp villa.
5. Which weather term was not said in the film?
a. Raindrops b. Lightning c. Thunder d. Hail e. Snow
The correct answer was D. – Hail!
The other words were used in the following lines: “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…” ; “Well, the lightning says something to the thunder and the thunder answers back.”; and “Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow…”
6. Which musical instrument was not mentioned in the film?
a. Harmonica b. Guitar c. Organ d. Bells
The correct answer was C. – Organ!
This was the other answer which most people guessed incorrectly – most entries showed “Harmonica”, but it was indeed mentioned in the film:
“Why didn’t you tell me?” “What?” “To bring along my harmonica!” – Baroness Schraeder to Uncle Max.
“Guitar” was mentioned by Uncle Max – “Liesl, get the guitar. Come on, Marta. Everybody into the group.”
And as for the “bells” – “Well?” “Well what?” “Do I hear wedding bells?” “Pealing madly! But not necessarily for me.” ~ A conversation between Uncle Max and Baroness Schraeder ~ (Not to mention “Door bells and sleigh bells…” from “My Favorite Things”)
7. How were “The Sound of Music” and “My Fair Lady” related?
a. One of the singing nuns from “The Sound of Music” movie had actually dubbed the singing voice of Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady”.
b. Theodore Bikel, who appeared in the movie version of “My Fair Lady”, had played Captain von Trapp in the Broadway stage version of “The Sound of Music”.
c. Julie Andrews had herself starred in the stage play version of “My Fair Lady” and had auditioned for the film role of Eliza Doolittle, but was not considered famous enough by Jack Warner (Warner Brothers).
d. All of the above
The correct answer was D. – All of the above! Pretty amazing, don’t you think?
Here Charmian Carr & Daniel Truhitte rehearse for their famous scene. She’s in costume, and he isn’t. I wonder why?
8. How old were Liesl and Rolf put together?
a. 32 b. 33 c. 34 d. 35
Well, Liesl was 16 (going on 17), and Rolf was 17 (going on 18), so 16 + 17 = 33.
Hope you all enjoyed the trivia as much as I enjoyed putting it together last week, and I will be sharing another blog post just as soon as I have time.
So long, farewell,
Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on October 19, 2014
“I feel like celebrating – cheers!” – Baroness Schraeder
To celebrate passing 1,000 Facebook fans of Edelweiss Patterns, I am holding a pattern giveaway here on the blog for one “Liesl’s Dancing Dress” pattern! When I first started drafting the Sound of Music inspired dresses years ago, I had no idea that so many other Sound of Music fans would find Edelweiss Patterns and share their enthusiasm for the classic movie’s costumes with me. It has been a joy to work on the various patterns over the last few years, and I’m excited to hold a giveaway this week! (Oh, and please be sure to head over to our Facebook page and “like” it if you haven’t already.)
1. In order to enter the giveaway drawing, simply share the link to this giveaway or to the Liesl’s dress pattern on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, and leave a comment below with a link to the post you shared! (One entry per social media account.)
2. The other way you can enter this giveaway is to answer all the questions to this epic “Sound of Music Trivia Quiz” (below) correctly! If you get all eight questions right on the first try, do leave an additional comment below with your name stating that you got all the answers correct. (I can see on my end who passed the quiz, so no cheaters will slip through the cracks. ;))
It is worth noting that this Sound of Music quiz is not for the faint of heart. I am rather expert on the subject, as I can quote the entire film from memory, complete with the songs, accents, and dances… so don’t feel badly if you don’t know all the answers! Since I have written this quiz myself, I kindly ask that you not copy the questions onto any other blog, website, or Sound of Music fan site. (All content on this blog is copyright by Edelweiss Patterns and may not be reproduced.) After the giveaway has ended next week, I will try to give a detailed explanation of each question listed on the quiz. So without further ado, let the games begin!
Pattern Giveaway Details:
To be eligible for the giveaway, you must live in the United States. The giveaway will end on October 26, 2014, at midnight (Pacific Standard Time). One (1) winner will be randomly selected from the entries, and the winner will be listed in this blog post the following day. If one week after we have contacted the winner for a mailing address, we still have not received a response, the first winner will become ineligible and a new winner will be selected and notified.
So long, farewell!