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

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Costume
Style
Other
Material
Cotton

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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

    great

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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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