Penelope’s Elizabeth Bennet Costume
Because 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?