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title pic Pattern Giveaway Winner & Quiz Answers!

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on October 27, 2014

Hello, Ladies,

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,


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title pic A Pattern Giveaway & a “Sound of Music” Quiz!

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on October 19, 2014

Hello, Readers!

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!


Which one of the following pink items was not mentioned in the film?


 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!


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title pic The Gold Silk 1860s Ballgown

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on September 7, 2014


This time last year I was in England, traveling through Jane Austen country, London, and the Lake District with a gigantic number of costumes in tow.  This year I am thankful to say that my costumes are all neatly stashed in my closet (rather than in suitcases), but I *have* been putting a number of my costumes to use lately at quite a few English Country Dances I’ve been attending in my area.  And when a really formal occasion comes up that I don’t have a costume for, I always love a good excuse to sew a new one!  This ball gown was just such a project.  As I was planning toward a Civil War reenactment that included an evening dance, I thought it would be really fun to make an 1860s gold ball gown with shirred cap sleeves…  The finished result was slightly different than my initial sketch, but I was so happy with how it turned out and I’m sure I’ll wear it for years to come!


I drafted the pattern almost entirely from scratch, making at least three versions of the bodice muslin before finally arriving at a pattern that passed my inspection.  I drew a sweetheart neckline, added three sets of vertical tucks, and lowered the “v” waist at the bodice edge beyond the first version.  The shirred cap sleeves were so much fun to make (there’s just nothing like making strips of puffing out of silk shantung!), and I had the perfect English netting lace in my stash for the sleeve trim.  At each sleeve I added two brown velvet ribbon bows, to tie in the dark chocolate brown color from the skirt.


The skirt was made from one of my favorite fabrics I’ve ever worked with.  These pictures don’t really do the material justice, but it is a stiff silk taffeta in chocolate brown, and sprinkled with hundreds of sparkly gold glitter flowers which are painted on in a slightly raised pattern.  It is 100% silk, usually $40 a yard, but I found it on sale for $5 a yard… Rather a bargain!  So as it was, I think the gold silk shantung bodice and skirt panel ended up costing more than the yards and yards of chocolate brown silk taffeta did!


At the neckline I added a double ruffle of double-faced sating ribbon, and I used a wider version of the same ribbon for the bow at the “v” waist ending.


Details of the shirred sleeve and lace trim…


As I knew I would be doing a lot of dancing in this gown, I marked it for a hem quite shorter than I usually would – you really must wear flat shoes for English Country Dance styles, and since the first dance I wore it to was outside I definitely didn’t want to be stepping on it.  My mother was exceedingly kind to actually hem the whole thing by hand (I was sewing like crazy on last week’s costume at the time), so I am very much indebted to her for saving the day on the project. :)


Unfortunately I was unable to get any pictures of the dress taken at the actual dance that I attended.  (Sorry!  I did take my camera along, but I was too busy dancing to remember to ask someone to take pictures.)  So you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say it worked very well for dancing in!  However, as it was a late night event outside, it’s probably just as well that I didn’t get any photographs, because it forced me to do a full blown photo shoot today in better lighting. :)


And while I may occasionally miss the beautiful locations I saw in England last year (which were such wonderful places to get costume pictures taken!), I am still so very thankful to live in a place where there are grand houses such as this one where I had photos taken today. :)


I had so much fun sewing this gown, and I hope you all enjoy the pictures, too!

Happy sewing!


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