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title pic The Christmas Dress Party, 2014!

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on November 17, 2014

Let’s Have A Vintage Christmas Dress Link-Up This Year!

Hi Ladies!


For several years I’ve thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be fun if there was a holiday party where everyone wore vintage Christmas dresses they made themselves?”  Usually at holiday parties I’m practically the only girl in a real, full blown dress, and I get tired of that sometimes.  I mean,do we really all have to wear a pair of jeans and a sweater, and possibly one of those over-used scarves as “festive attire”?  Isn’t part of the joy of the holidays tossing on those special outfits that we only get to wear once a year?  Personally I can’t wait for each December to roll around, because it means I get to don my cranberry shantung suit with the organza ruffles, the burgundy damask skirt and ruffled ivory blouse, my green velvet frock or plaid 1950s dress, or even that white fur cape that only looks appropriate during the holidays.

Thankfully I have seen evidence online the last few years that there *are* other grown women who also make themselves a new Christmas dress every year and share the results on their sewing blogs.  So while there may be hundreds of miles between us which unhappily prevent us from all getting together for a holiday party in real life, let’s have a virtual “online Christmas dress party” this year where we all share the results of our holiday sewing in one blog post!

From a vintage pattern catalog in my collection.

From a vintage pattern catalog in my collection.

Here’s my plan: we will all sew our individual dresses from whichever era we choose, and have our pictures taken and ready to share by December 23rd, if possible.  On that day I will put up an official Christmas dress party blog post, along with pictures of two over-the-top holiday frocks that I will have photographed in a festive location.  (Just like this one from last year.)  Then each of you can add a comment that gives a description of your dress plus a link to your dress pictures – ideally if you have a sewing blog that would be perfect, but even if you just add the pictures to Pinterest or share on your Facebook page and make the images public, that would be great, too!

Circa 1942.

Circa 1942.

I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!  I think it would be amazing to see everyone’s creativity represented in one place.  Whether you prefer to sew Regency reproductions, Victorian gowns, 1940s day dresses, or 1950s party dresses, you are welcome to share any era in the dress party link-up, so long as it has a definite holiday look to it.  (It does not have to be just red or green of course!)


I have created a Pinterest board with a flurry of festive frocks here that will hopefully be good inspiration!  I’ll be adding to it over the next few weeks, whenever I’m not sewing like crazy to meet my holiday sewing goals!

So if you haven’t started sewing this year’s Christmas dress already, Ready, Set, SEW! :)  (Oh, and please feel free to add the Christmas Dress blog button from my sidebar to your blog if you so wish.)


Happy sewing!


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title pic A Fall 1940s Outfit – Butterick 5859

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!


Pattern Review

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! :)

Happy sewing!


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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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