Hot! Penelope’s Elizabeth Bennet Costume

Penelope as Elizabeth BennetBecause I know that — in between begging for candy and hanging out with her friends — my opportunities to get a good picture of Penelope on Halloween are limited, we decided to have a little Elizabeth Bennet dress rehearsal1 and photo shoot2 today.

Here's a little background on her Halloween costume. She's Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice (the A&E version).

The dress pattern is Girls' Regency Dress from Sense & Sensibility Patterns that I purchased and printed at home for $9.95. I found the fabric for the dress and the sashes at my local upcycling/recycling craft center for under $1. If time permits, I plan on making a little pelisse out of the golden material. My original plan was to make the dress out of the golden material, but then I found the white linen.

While you can't see in this photograph, the white fabric is embroidered with white flowers. It's a nice heavyish linen was is probably home-decor weight. Regardless of whether it was meant to upholster a couch, it should keep Penelope fairly warm on Halloween. The fabric is just so dainty and beautiful!


The hat was super simple to construct. I had a $1.50 cloche straw hat that I bought a couple years ago at Daiso. I simply cut it into a bonnet by removing the back brim and then trimming it with a sash made from fabric and some vintage millinery flowers.


1 I have to say that Penelope, despite her mature tastes, is still a three year-old and isn't always as patient as she seems in pictures. To get the photographs, I had to promise some Blue's Clues and a bit of a chocolate chip cookie. If your own three year-old doesn't sit still to have her hair put in ringlets, that's okay. Mine barely does either. And for every photo that looks like the one in this post, I have three that look like this.

2When taking these photos around our neighborhood, one woman walking  by asked Penelope who she was supposed to be. Pen completely deadpanned it and said "a witch." Are three year-olds even capable of sarcasm?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. That is the most adorable costume ever! The bonnet was so cleverly made and it’s the perfect complement to the utterly gorgeous Regency dress.

  2. It’s gorgeous! She looks very sophisticated and literary. My three-year old has settled on Minnie Mouse after requesting to be a guinea pig repeatedly. I found a $6 red and white polka dot dress and she already had the ears from Disneyland. Done and done. Thank god because I was not up for producing a guinea pig costume.

  3. The scrunched face photo is adorable too! Great job, all up. :)

  4. She’s too adorable. What a great, creative costume.

  5. It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that she looks so charming her Mr Darcy can only be a few years away! Wonderful!

  6. This is too adorable! :) I love that she’s requesting a costume like this already–shows she has her own sense of style! :D Too cute!
    I can attest that even a three year-old can have a sense of sarcasm. Although sometimes I think they don’t always realize it that young, I know I have gotten quite a few chuckles out of what kid’s say. ;)
    ♥ Casey | blog

  7. My Granddaughter would have so much fun with your Sweet P. BTW I love the Flickr picture and the dress is so beautiful. You did a great job as always.

  8. wow, she looks as if she’s just stepped out of Pride & Prejudice, adore the bonnet, hope you have a fab Halloween! x

  9. Seriously adorable. Really puts my three year old’s cowgirl hat with a scarf tied around her neck to shame ;) Just love it–thank you sharing and you should go into the kiddie costume business.

  10. That white linen is perfect! And what a great idea for the bonnet. The whole costume is so sweet and lovely.
    Oh, and I LOVE the witch comment. :)

  11. I love her costume, especially the hat!
    Reminds me of a Scarlett O’Hara/Gone With the Wind costume my mom sewed for me when I was 6 or 7, complete with a modified straw hat and wide green ribbon to tie under my chin just like Scarlett’s! It was my favorite movie at the time and for months afterward I wore that dress around the house!
    Thanks for sharing and for bringing back memories :)

  12. Penelope is perfect as a young Elizabeth Bennet – thanks for sharing these super-sweet pics. I want a dress like that!

  13. Absolutely adorable. Your daughter has excellent taste – as that particular version of the movie (Colin Firth swimming…, soaking in the tub…..) is my favorite (not just because of Mr. Firth!) and I own at least 3 or 4 versions of the film (yep, multiple copies even!), not to mention the books…OK, let’s just say I am a total P&P geek, and for that reason alone, Penelope’s costume is the BEST EVER!!!!

  14. So cute… especially the sarcasm!

  15. That costume is so nice compared to normal Halloween costumes. You should really start making a few of these even if they aren’t just for Halloween. My son tried making his own costume however it didn’t turn out quite right. Superglue + young boy = disaster! I think he’ll stick with one of these instead

  16. One of my fav movies of all time. Must have made your heart feel good that she picked something not so mainstream. Love it!

  17. It’s interesting that you mentioned the A&E version of P&P–I was just thinking how Penelope looks like a very young Jenifer Ehle!
    Great job on the dress, and what a clever way to make a Regency bonnet!
    God bless,
    ~”Wild Rose”~