It’s been more than forty years ago since the SOUND OF MUSIC, with Julie Andrews, introduced us to a “few of our favorite things”. Every year students in schools around the world perform this charming musical about the Von Trapp Family.
The students of the Richmond Christian School performed this musical a couple of years ago. I volunteered to sew the sailor suits the Von Trapp children wear in the first act of the play.
I could not find a commercial pattern for this project. I spent a long time on the internet and finally found a l9th Century pattern that gave me a tiny illustration of the collar. That was enough. For the tops I used a Simplicity pattern for scrubs. The collar I made over-size so it would have lots of impact on stage. I sewed it to the scrubs neckline at the back, then attached Velco tabs to fasten it to the front of the top. For the boy’s short pants I used a pajama bottoms pattern. The girls skirts were simply a length of fabric gathered on an elastic waist band. All the children’s sizes were different – five girls and two boys.
I have had so many requests for help with these patterns that I regret I didn’t save the collar pattern. I apologize for not taking pictures while the work was in progress. I really had no idea so many of you would write asking for help.
My sewing room was afloat with yards and yards of blue grosgrain ribbon and crisp white twill cotton. It’s was a major project and each day while I sewed away The Good Husband would come into the room and sing at least one song from the musical. He has a beautiful voice and I love that he sings to me while I’m sewing.
I’ve enjoyed making the costumes. It took about two week of work, and when I delivered the sailor suits to the school and the performers saw them – they cheered. Proud parents and adoring friends filled the auditorium. We laughed, cheered, and The SOUND OF MUSIC was an outstanding success.