|The perfect dress for keeping clean and neat. Maybe.|
This time on Crafting Creatively, let's look into the fine details and designing of what I've titled Samantha/Nellie's Pink Dress and Pinafore. I say it with the slash like that because I made two sets like I do for gifts. The gift set went to Brazil1 for Bea (thedollrookie)'s Samantha, and the set here is for Nellie. AGC did a gift swap, and when I was selected with Bea and saw her Samantha didn't have much in the way of wardrobe, I jumped at the chance to make her a Neth's Original Outfit. Me and Samantha don't get along re: Pretty Pink Princess, but designing Edwardian clothing is awesome. I love making historical outfits more than modern stuff, because I feel like I can be a lot more creative with it even in restrictions. Modern stuff is okay, don't get me wrong, but historical clothing design has become one of my passions over the many years I've existed.
ETA, 2/29/16: Retroactive description!
"Samantha"’s Pink Dress and Pinafore
Samantha can’t wait to see Gardner and Cornelia after their honeymoon! She has a brand new white dotted pinafore to wear over her best pink floral print dress. There’s even a big pink grosgrain hairbow to wear in her brown curls!
Hop under the cut for background and details.
Getting the idea for an outfit to make was probably the easiest part of this design, since I have all of Samantha's short stories and had been planning to make one of the outfits shown. Outfits were made for Samantha's Winter Party and Samantha's Special Talent, as was the style of the time in 1999 and 2003,2 but not any others. So I went with the outfit depicted at the start of Samantha's Blue Bicycle. Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia are back from their honeymoon, and Samantha is shown wearing a new white pinafore over a pink dress much like her Play Dress and Pinafore.
|Samantha on a bike! Very new-fangled.|
I used a mix of two separate patterns to get the basic layout of the set; one for the pinafore, and one for the dress basic layout.3 I can't ever just do a pattern most of the time without tweaking it some. I got some dotted swiss, pink grosgrain ribbon, eyelet lace trim, and a pink floral print that, while "bright," was of a style that didn't look too off from the Edwardian aesthetic.I tweaked and measured and edited and crammed pieces together, and came up with--well, that awesome above. Bea and her mother were hella impressed.
|Huge ass hairbows.|
|Pinafore, for all your neatness needs.|
|Shoulder ruff is staring at you.|
|Thanks, it has pockets.|
|Take it from the back, I like it like that.|
|Button, button, who's got the button?|
|No one, it's velcro.|
|Hand sewing will end me.|
|Dressing up for the occasion.|
|Trim your edges.|
|Waistline, Style A: Blouson.|
|The secret's in the ribbon.|
|Bow at the back.|
|Waistline Style B: Free.|
|Waistline Style C: Natural Waist.|
There are people in this fandom that will insist that every dress in the Edwardian era should have a drop waist and a blouson bodice. They are dumb, and insisting on that for the era is like insisting that every 1980s outfit had to have legwarmers. Yeah, nope.
|All the Nellie ruffles.|
Just no getting her skirts caught in her bike chain, once I get that bike of Samantha's. (And maybe paint it blue. We'll see.)
1 Yes, all the way there. American Girl is global on AGC.
2 Most of the girls got two Short Story outfits. The ones that didn't get two were Kit, Kaya, and Felicity. Each only got one, since Felicity was kicked out of the group for round two in 2003, Kit got two stories but only one was included in the story outfits, and Kaya because AG doesn't make historical outfits for her.
3 Now if I told you which two I used, then you would be able to maybe copy me, and I don't do that. So nothing saying. They're both out of production, anyways, so there.
4 Please don't make your girls look like they're wearing a quilt.
5 But not calculus. Never calculus. That is strictly my term for hardened tooth plaque.