My daughters’ school is putting on a production of Little Orphan Annie this winter, so I volunteered to make the orphan costumes! It was a fun exercise. The fabric is sheets from Goodwill that I dyed in my washing machine. I developed the pattern myself. I thought that, since I’m not really that great a patternmaker, costumes made from my own pattern would look more authentically orphan-y. I gave them to the girls today, and they seem to really like them. The pics are of them rehearsing some of their song-and-dance numbers.
Normally, when I sew, I spend a lot of effort trying to avoid that “homemade” look. It was kind of fun to make something look as homemade as possible. Rather than refilling bobbins when I ran out of bobbin thread, I would just reach in the drawer and pull out another bobbin with thread on it.
I cut the whole thing with pinking shears, and left the hems and the apron edges raw.
In the photos, the girls are still wearing their school clothes under the costumes. They will look a little better with tights and proper shoes underneath.
I’m getting paid for this (another reason that I developed the pattern myself). The parents can either rent the costume (less $) or buy it (more $). I’m planning on selling the rented costumes when the production is over. Does anyone know of a good place online to sell used theatrical costumes?
There’s one color scheme for the lead orphans, and another for the orphan chorus. The dress and apron are seperate. I used some authentic depression-era velcro to fasten the apron.