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Lucy van Pelt

Added Aug 25, 2010

by sewingqueen-1

Kanata, Canada




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Another costume from the production of ’You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’. If you don’t know the show, it is based on the comic strip ‘Peanuts’ by Charles Schultz. Since it is a comic strip, the costumes need to have a cartoon feeling to them.

The costume for Lucy was made from a cotton voile that had these wonderful large polka dots in the weave. I lined it with a white cotton broadcloth so that the dots would show.

The pattern was the duster from McCall’s 4396. I place the opening on the fold of the fabric and inserted a zipper in the back. I added a white eyelet ruffle to the bottom of the skirt and then added a very full blue ruffle underneath it. The fabric for the last ruffle was doubled and about 3 times fullness!

I was too impatient to make a muslin of the pattern first and paid for my haste – the garment was huge! At the first fitting I was secretly horrified, but I pretended that was the way I wanted it and proceeded to take in the excess fabric with a series of small pleats from the shoulder down about 10 inches. It was actually a blessing in disguise, because the pleats made the bodice much more interesting. Unfortunately, the picture isn’t that good and you can’t see them. But take my word – they are there!

I added the white placket with the eyelet ruffle to the centre front. The blue buttons are vintage from my button stash. There is a white eyelet ruffle on the sleeves. I also sewed eyelet lace to the top of her white ankle socks.

Don’t you just love the wig?!

Material Notes

Cotton Voile
Cotton broadcloth lining
Cotton eyelet lace




Garment Type

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    Jul 24, 2011, 05.09 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Love the play and your costume. You must be having the most fun! I designed costumes for a dance studio years ago and it was the best experience, allowed me to explore my creativity in addition to honing my sewing skills. I see you’re doing the same!

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      Jul 24, 2011, 06.15 PMby sewingqueen-1

      It is a lot of fun and. I recently finished Cole Porter’s ‘Anything Goes’. I haven’t posted any pictures yet, but they are coming soon.

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    Sep 3, 2010, 01.18 AMby sewingqueen-1

    Thank-you – this group is fun to work with. For this show, I only had 6 characters, with one costume each. What a treat!

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    Aug 27, 2010, 06.08 PMby tschasta


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    Aug 25, 2010, 07.16 PMby sibeli

    Haha this photo made me smile! It must be a lot of fun making costumes for these guys! Looks spot on to me :-)

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