Linderhof


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Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Princess and The Mouse

 A rite of October are the Halloween costumes
From Lucy's second Halloween
when I made a Little Red Riding Costume
to Piper's first
when she was the White Rabbit to Lucy's Alice in Wonderland
it is a Labor of Love

And in September, I got "the call"
Piper, smiling saying
"I want to be Minnie Mouse"
and
Lucy, very serious
"I want a pink and purple Princess dress, with a pink and purple crown, a gold wand and pink and purple necklaces"

The Princess Story:

I figured that she had an idea in her mind of what her dress should look like
and I wanted to please her,
so I sent her photos of patterns



This one
Which was rejected


And this one
Which was rejected as well


And the final choice
Another rejection!

I decided I would make her a Princess dress
and if she didn't like it, well . . . those things happen!


My plan -- drawn on a paper towel


Material -- all pinks and purples and shimmer and glitter


The dining room table
Is the perfect cutting table for sewing projects


And the dress starts to take shape

It's a two piece, actually


The top layer -- all shimmer pink with gold trim worthy of a Princess
and a sparkly net skirt


To go over your basic Princess dress
of purple and pink


Satin and sparkles and glitter
What every Princess dress should be made of!

And a Princess isn't a Princess without a crown
But alas, no pink and purple crown but rather a gold one!


Gold paint, spray glue and glitter transform an ordinary silver crown into a glittery gold one


The wand gets the same treatment


And I really should learn to wear gloves when I have to hold the object being spray painted!


It's all done and was mailed this morning
It should get there Thursday
It's as "The Princess" requested -- a pink and purple Princess dress, a gold crown and gold wand and pink and purple necklaces (I threw in some gold ones too)
(The necklaces were stolen from my Mardi Gras beads stash)
I hope "The Princess" is pleased!

The Mouse Story:

Ah, the Mouse was much more simple
A simple dress of red cotton with white dots


(Using the same pattern that we made Lucy's Little Red Riding Hood From)


And it's done -- all but the handwork!


I put big white buttons on the front
(I noticed that often "Mice" have big buttons)
And because all I had for Piper was a dress, I got the Minnie Mouse container
for her candy.
The bow was pink and so I cut out a bow from leftover dress fabric and glued it to the pail.
There is more, shoes and white gloves and black tights and a long sleeve black shirt
and ears -- oh, yes ears with red bows with white polka dots
(I had made those earlier and they were in Minnesota)

I know the Mouse will be pleased!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

How adorable and they will love them to they can no longer fit into them!
Joan Meany

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

My goodness, these are wonderful! I think the Princess and the Mouse will be overjoyed and this memory will last all their long lives.

From the Kitchen said...

I think that is a perfect princess frock!! Love the Minnie Mouse too! I think the girls will have a magical Halloween.

Best,
Bonnie

Francie Newcomb said...

Wow! Super job, Martha!

Pat Cantwell said...

Martha,
Truly, a work of heart!
Pure joy to be able to make our Grand Girls, Luci & Piper's Halloween Costumes!
Nicely done!
Pat

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