Lucy van Pelt
Added Aug 25, 2010
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?!
Cotton broadcloth lining
Cotton eyelet lace